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Breakthrough: The miracle that permanently erases wrinkles
Move over collagen.
There's a new wrinkle-eraser on the block called Artecoll, and
thousands of women around the world already know what a potent
age-eraser it can be. Now it's nearing FDA approval here under
the name Artefill, and women across the country are lining up
to get it.
Should you join them? Here's everything you need to know to decide
if Artefill is right for you:
How does it work? Artefill is made up of
tiny plastic beads suspended in collagen, and "when injected
into the skin, the beads settle into wrinkles and prompt the
skin to produce its own collagen," explains plastic
surgeon Joseph B. O'Connell, M.D., of the American Society
of Plastic Surgeons. "Within months, the lines and grooves
are filled in with new collagen for good."
Where can you use it? Artefill can erase
everything from fine lines and wrinkles in the face and neck
to frown lines, nasolabial folds around the nose and even
acne scars. "But it's not recommended for anyone who's
allergic to collagen or lidocaine, is susceptible to keloids,
or who has thin, flaccid skin," Dr. O'Connell says.
What's the procedure like? It takes just
15 to 45 minutes, and "since an anesthetic lotion is
applied beforehand, the injections are almost painless,"
says plastic surgeon Robert S. Patterson, M.D., of Ontario
Afterward, your doctor may apply a skin tape, which usually
remains in place for 48 hours, to help keep the treated area
How safe is it? Artefill is very safe. "The
plastic that makes the microbeads are made of has been widely
used in everything from pacemakers to bone implants,"
says Dr. Patterson.
Side effects can include temporary swelling, bruising, tenderness
or itching, but acetaminophen and cold compresses can alleviate
them. In rare cases, small lumps under the skin called granulomas
may occur, which can be treated with corticosteroids.
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