Seattle Artefill Provider – Pratt Plastic Surgery
Also serving Bellevue, Everett and Tacoma, WA
Tired of visiting your physician or skin care professional several times a year for your Restylane® or collagen touch up? Is the cost of repeated soft tissue filler injections staining your budget? Well, you are in luck because ArteFill® the only permanent soft tissue filler, has recently been approved for use in filling facial wrinkles, furrows, and folds. View Dr. Pratt’s photo gallery.
What is the secret to the longevity of ArteFill®?
ArteFill® consists of unique PMMA microspheres which are not broken down by the body and provide the permanent support your skin needs for long-lasting wrinkle correction.
What is ArteFill® composed of?
ArteFill® is composed of a combination of microspheres made from the permanent acrylic material polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and purified bovine collagen. While the collagen component of ArteFill® is gradually absorbed by the body, the microspheres become covered by your body’s own collagen, leading to long lasting results.
Do the results fade following treatment?
No, actually the results improve over several months due to an increase in your own body’s collagen production.
Why is a skin test necessary prior to treatment?
A simple relatively painless skin test is a safety precaution to make sure that you are not allergic to the bovine collagen or anesthetic in ArteFill®.
Who will perform my ArteFill® injections?
Dr. Pratt personally performs all of the injections done in our office including the skin test and local anesthetic if one is needed, so you can rest assured that you will have someone who is not only technically very skilled, but also artistically gifted performing your procedure. Dr. Pratt believes in subtle, natural looking enhancements. His ultimate goal is that you leave with a well rested, relaxed, and refreshed appearance.
Are the injections painful?
ArteFill® contains small amounts of the numbing medicine Lidocaine. The first few injections can be slightly uncomfortable, however, after that, little to no pain will be experienced.
You will be advised to avoid any aspirin products or Motrin type drugs before and after your injection in order to minimize bruising. The entire procedure takes approximately fifteen minutes for one area.
What is recovery like?
Most people feel completely comfortable resuming their daily activities immediately after treatment. You may experience some temporary puffiness, temporary blushing, slight bruising, or tenderness at the site of injection, but this is usually short-lived and can be easily camouflaged with makeup. Avoidance of aspirin and ibuprofen type products prior to injection will help minimize the bruising effect. For the first twenty four hours following treatment, you should avoid strenuous exercise, excessive sun or heat exposure.
What other treatments will complement my ArteFill® injection?
Dr. Pratt often will perform simultaneous Botox® injections for relief of the effect of the underlying muscles on wrinkle and fold creation, especially in the brow and “crow’s foot” regions. As a leading cosmetic surgery Seattle specialist, Dr. Pratt also provides additional fillers such as Juvederm, Perlane, Radiesse, and Restylane and helps his Seattle, Tacoma and Bellevue lip augmentation patients attain full, robust lips.
I am interested, what do I do next?
If you wish to improve appearance of your face and you think ArteFill® injections are right for you, we encourage you to schedule an ArteFill® consultation with Dr. Pratt to get all of your questions answered right away. Dr. Pratt will be happy to speak with you about ArteFill® injections or other appropriate cosmetic procedures.
Dr. Pratt can assist you in achieving the look you’ve always wanted. His knowledge, training and experience, combined with his artistic flair, can help you obtain beautiful, long lasting, safe results. Our modern Seattle area offices and technologically advanced surgical center are just two of the many ways we put patient safety and comfort first.
Please contact us to schedule your initial consultation and find out more about how you can restore and enhance your natural beauty. We look forward to meeting you soon!