Split Rock offers long-lasting, money-saving wrinkle filler

For 29 years, Lisa Topham, a registered nurse, has practiced in the field of aesthetic skin care.

In December, Ms. Topham partnered with ArteFill Dermal Filler in order to bring the long-lasting injectable wrinkle filler to Wilton’s Split Rock Aesthetic Institute.

Ms. Topham has been the medical director at Split Rock Aesthetic Institute for four years.

“I do all different types of injectables, lasers and skin-tightening at Split Rock — all non-surgical medicine,” said Ms. Topham, “and ArteFill is huge.”

Ms. Topham, the only ArteFill injector at Split Rock, said ArteFill’s popularity stems from the fact that it has a greater longevity than its competitors.

“Back in 1985, collagen was the only tissue filler we had, and those lasted such a short period of time — about six months to a year,” she said.

“When I tell my veteran patients — who I’ve had for 20 to 25 years and who have gotten the collagen fillers — that I now have a filler that can last them five years, they’re super excited.”

Since December, Ms. Topham said, she has injected approximately 15 to 20 patients with ArteFill, which she said creates a “very natural and soft look.”

Ms. Topham said ArteFill is injected similarly to other fillers.

“There’s not a special technique to inject ArteFill, it’s just that the product is very unique,” she said.

“Tissue fillers are great if they’re done correctly, but they cost a lot of money and when they don’t last long, it costs a lot more money,” she said.

Ms. Topham said the average price for ArteFill in the Northeast is around $1,000 per syringe.

“The average price of one of its competitive products, which doesn’t have that kind of longevity, is about $750 a syringe — and that’s only going to give you six to 12 months,” she said.

“If you do the math, you’re really saving money by doing ArteFill.”

Ms. Topham said her average patient uses between 10 and 15 syringes.

ArteFill comes in a $5,000 kit, which Ms. Topham said she discounts by 20%.

“After I inject a patient, I tell them to come back in two weeks just to make sure they’re fine and their swelling is going away, their bruising is gone, and everything is great,” she said.

“Then I see the patient back in three to four months and I usually do a 20% touch-up rate of whatever area I’ve done.”

According to the ArteFill website, ArteFill’s “unique microspheres” are what separate ArteFill from other injectable wrinkle fillers.

ArteFill’s microspheres are not absorbed by the body and provide support for the skin, which results in “natural, long-lasting results.”

“ArteFill’s bovine collagen, which only lasts three to four months, gives you the original correction,” explained Ms. Topham.

“Then, concurrently, as that’s dissipating, ArteFill’s little microspheres provide a support structure and your own collagen cells grow around those little microspheres.”

Ms. Topham said the creation of a person’s own collagen cells around the microspheres is the reason why ArteFill lasts so long.

“As one is dissipating in three to four months, the other is producing,” said Ms. Topham. “That’s what gives you the longevity.”

Ms. Topham said only registered nurses, physician assistants and physicians may use the product and they must partner with the company to buy it.

“Partnering with ArteFill means you have to take training. They don’t want you to fail — they’re not going to just sell you a box,” said Ms. Topham.

A few months ago, Ms. Topham attended an ArteFill seminar in Las Vegas where she was trained by two ArteFill trainers.

At the end of this month, Ms. Topham said, she’s going to Newport Beach to spend a day with the top injector in the United States.

“I’m taking this extremely seriously,” she said, “because I see it as a huge opportunity.”