ArteFill® is a permanent dermal filler made up of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) microspheres (miniature beads), suspended in collagen. PMMA has been used as bone cement by orthopedic surgeons in medical implants.
The advantage of ArteFill over other dermal fillers is that the results last much longer. When injected into the treatment site, the microspheres also stimulate the body to produce its own collagen. The patient’s natural collagen replaces the injected collagen as it slowly degrades and is absorbed into the body. This is what produces the lasting results.