This past month, Artes Medical, the producers of Artefill allegedly filed for bankrupcy. This was very surprising as Artefill was the only FDA approved safe permanent filler in the U.S.A.
The filler was a fantastic filler but the company’s business plan was unable to sustain the downturn in the current economic situation.
I have used Artefill extensively in the proper patient population and in the proper facial zones such as the nasolabial folds. My patients have all been extremely happy with the filler. The procedure is done over 2 to 3 sessions in order to get the proper amount of filling and to not risk over-filling.
Most of my patiets are done with their series but some have only had one syringe and are due to come back in a few months for the subsequent treatments. I still have a few syringes of Artefill left. Not many. Just a few for my current patients.
Patients have been asking me for an alternative in cases where Artefill may not be available. I want to loudly warn patients from falling prey to doctors advertising illegal and unsafe fillers. The safe alternatives are Radiesse, Perlane and Juvederm Ultra Plus. None of these are permanent but they do last a long time and should be a good safe option until another company is able to purchase Artefill or another safe substance and re-introduce it to the U.S. market.
I will wait to see how the company chooses to handle its current clients. For now they are even refusing to honor their $300 American Express Gift card promotion. I have made sure our office takes care of our patients even if Artes wont so that promises are not broken and that all our patients are happy and satisfied.
We will keep you updated in the coming months…