ANCHOR LEAD: THE FDA HAS APPROVED A MORE PERMANENT FACIAL FILLER, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Most fillers used to erase wrinkles in the face are temporary, lasting less than a year after injection. Not so a new filler that just received FDA approval. Made partially of materials that sound as if they’d be found in model airplane glue, the new filler bills itself as permanent. Rebecca Kazin, director of the Johns Hopkins Cosmetic Center at Greenspring Center, says buyer beware.
KAZIN: There is some push for people to develop more permanent fillers. Permanence meaning over 18 months; nobody knows if they’re truly permanent forever. This one, Artefil, has had a long long history, it’s actually been around under other names for several years and it’s been more and more refined to now be called Artefil. I think that people need to be extraordinarily careful about permanent fillers. What we always say is permanent fillers can lead to permanent problems. There is something good about using something that is partially temporary. If you have a problem with it it will go away. :33
Kazin says potential patients should make sure their physician has lots of experience with injecting fillers of any kind. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.