and Dermalive® are injectable implants which, in contrast to
conventional materials like collagen or hyaluronic acid, offer the
great advantage of permanent results.
Repetitive injections to ensure a satisfying aesthetic outcome are
usually not necessary. But even more than with collagen it is indispensible
to use these products with great care and only for specific indications
to avoid unwanted and unnecessary side effects like uneven contours
or palpable spots. Used with the appropriate caution and expertise
one can achieve very aesthetic and permanent results with Artecoll®
Artecoll® and Dermalive® represent sophisticated devices
to efficiently solve certain cosmetic problems. Especially facial
wrinkles and scars (e.g. marked naso-labial-folds, deep frown lines;
inverted scars) can be permanently erased and particular areas such
as atrophic or small lips can be augmented to get a more pronounced
Although these implants don't require anaesthesia whilst application
is actually much more comfortable for the patient to administer
a local anaesthetic (EMLA® cream) some time prior to the treatment.
After the injections some cool pack should be used to sooth the
area if necessary. Artecoll® is injected into the specific region
through an ultrafine needle. About 4 weeks before that it is necessary
to have a small test to exclude hypersensitivities due to the collagen
layer of Artecoll®, which has been reported in very few patients.
When using Dermalive® this precautionary measure is not required.
In the first couple of hours after the injections no make-up should
be used to avoid irritation of the injection sites. Sometimes the
result is not immediately visible due to localized swelling after
application of Artecoll®. This may last up to 1-2 days rarely
accompanied with some reddening. Depending on the region the implants
may not be permanently embedded into the treated tissue which will
require some fixation by means of adhesive strips or headband and
controlled rest of the sites for a couple of days.
Wrinkles treated with Artecoll® or Dermalive® are permantently
elevated, they are less deep, contours or the volume of lips are
pronounced. Repetitive applications are usually not necessary except
for treating newly occurred changes due to natural ageing of the