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Artecoll Plastic Surgery Fillers

Artecoll is a common practice in plastic surgery that is injected under the skin with the purpose of plumping wrinkles and reducing folds associated with ageing, such as nasolabial folds which run from the corners of the nose to the edges of the mouth. In December 2006, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted the treatment of nasolabial folds under the condition that patients conduct a follow up study after five years.

The main component of Artecoll is collagen, which is found in mammals. Ageing, wrinkles, and fine lines are typically due to the thinning of this abundant substance. Artecoll is composed of 25 percent microscopic beads that are 32-40 micrometers in diameter. The beads are made of polymethylmethacrylate, a substance that is suspended in a solution of 75 percent bovine collagen.

Effects of Artecoll

Some research shows the development of large lumps under the skin known as granulomas after injections of Artecoll. This reaction to injections can be difficult for doctors to treat. For this reason, in recent years, many practitioners have abated their use of the product. The Toronto plastic surgeon, Dr. Backstein, has found that Artecoll does not provide a great bang-for-your-buck in that it requires a large volume of the product (at significant expense) to provide what most patients would describe as adequate filling of the wrinkle, scar, furrow, etc.

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