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Michael Eisemann, M.D.

Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center
6550 Fannin
Suite 2119
Houston, Texas 77030

P. (713) 790-1771
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ArteFill - Houston, TX

Do you look older than you feel? Facial wrinkles begin to appear as the underlying collagen and elastin fibers break down. Although part of the natural aging process, they can also result from excessive squinting, frowning and smiling.

Remember when your skin was soft, smooth and wrinkle-free? Well, it can be again. Over the past few decades, many attempts have been made to fill in wrinkles and repair scars. Results from biological products such as collagen, hyaluronic acid and other injectible fillers are relatively short-lived fixes because the body absorbs them in about 8 months to 1 year. Studies have shown that synthetic materials, such as silicone, are longer lasting but they can migrate and can cause the formation of granulomas.

ArteFill® combines time-proven bovine collagen with inert, medical grade polymethylmethacrylate or PMMA microspheres. Approved as safe and effective in Europe in 1994, ArteFill® has been safely used to treat over 400,000 patients in Canada, Europe, Mexico and South America. ArteFill® treatments are performed by Dr. Eisemann for patients to treat soft tissue contour deficiencies like wrinkles, including scars and acne scars.

What are the benefits of ArteFill®?

  • ArteFill® is made with time-tested materials.
  • ArteFill®'s PMMA is permanent.
  • Your body's own collagen encapsulates and anchors the PMMA to fill your wrinkles.

Why PMMA and collagen?

PMMA is an inert plastic. It is the most widely used artificial material in medicine today. PMMA has been used in artificial lens replacements in cataract surgery for over 15 million patients worldwide.

ArteFill® uses completely round microspheres of PMMA. Each sphere is smaller in diameter than a human hair and will be completely encapsulated by your body's own collagen fibers. Encapsulation prevents dislocation and migration.

Collagen is found in every mammal. It is found throughout the human body in skin, cartilage, and tendons. Collagen acts as the glue that binds different structures within the body. Collagen has a long, safe history in medical implants such as sutures and injectibles.

PMMA microspheres are evenly suspended in the collagen solution. The collagen is used as the vehicle in Artefill® to enable Dr. Eisemann to implant the PMMA microspheres into dermal deficiencies.

How are ArteFill® treatments performed?

ArteFill® treatments are performed on an outpatient basis, after you have been given a skin test for allergy to bovine collagen. The injections are relatively painless because Dr. Eisemann injects a nerve block in the area to be injected with ArteFill®.

ArteFill® is used for:

  • Deeper Nasolabial and Mesolabial wrinkles
  • Soft atrophic and acne scars.

How many Artefill® injections will I need?

Several Artefill® injections may be required, depending on the depth and length of the wrinkle. Each syringe contains 0.8 ccs of Artefill® so you may need more than one syringe on each side.  The procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes. o The results are immediate, so you can determine at first glance if you are happy with the results or if you would like more ArteFill® injected in the treated areas.

What can I expect after my treatment with ArteFill®?

After Dr. Eisemann, performs your ArteFill® injections you can expect greatly improved wrinkles or smoothed out depressed scars. Patients are up and around immediately after receiving ArteFill® injections. Discomfort is minimal. and can be minimized by utilizing ice packs for 10 minutes out of every hour for the first 24-48 hours. This will also help with the swelling, which may last a few days to a week depending on the area treated. There may be some slight bruising at the injection site, which can be covered with make-up. Depending on the area treated, most of your correction may last for 5-10 years. Some touch-up treatments may be necessary.