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  • Cosmetic Applications of Injectable Polymer Microspheres

    Polymer microspheres, in particular injectable polymer particles with a diameter in the range of 30−300 μm, are becoming widely used as a biomaterial in different clinical fields, such as cosmetic surgery, reconstructive surgery, and urology.  Injectable skin fillers offer many benefits in cosmetic dermatology, allowing new forms of facial rejuvenation and wrinkle treatment without surgery. Injectable skin and wrinkle fillers are used to increase tissue volume, reduce wrinkles, and improve skin’s overall contour.

    According to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery,  two formulations of fillers that are based on microsphere technology are FDA approved for use, differing in design and expected longevity of results.  These injectable microspheres products are used for volume replacement and for deep facial wrinkles (such as the nasolabial folds.) They are not approved for use in the lips.

    One of cosmetic dermatology products using injectable microspheres is ArteFill® – a new breed of dermal filler that offers longer lasting results than other cosmetic filler injections. ArteFill® (known as Artecoll® outside of the United States) is made of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) microspheres (miniature beads) that are suspended in bovine collagen. Tiny microspheres are made of non-resorbable polymethylmethacrylate – a biocompatable compound that has been used for years.  PMMA has been used since the early 1930s in such common procedures as dental prostheses, eye lenses, bone repair, orthopedics and in pacemakers.  PMMA microspheres are well tolerated by human tissue (no rejection). Continue reading “Cosmetic Applications of Injectable Polymer Microspheres” »