Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Plastic Surgery

As a medical writer, I end up having to research topics I wouldn't ordinarily think to research. Lately, I've been writing a lot for plastic surgeons so I've learned all about hyaluronic acid fillers. These are injected under the skin to "fill things out" and smooth wrinkles. And, they all have names that conjure images of fresh faced youth, like Juvederm. There's even a new product, called Radiesse, that stimulates the body to actually produce its own collagen.

Growing your own collagen isn't always a positive. Elephant Man, who some believe suffered from Proteus Syndrome, was very adept at growing his own collagen. That would not be a good way to explain the way Radiesse works. "Did you ever see the movie, The Elephant Man? Well, a lot of the way he looked had to do with collagen overgrowth, and actually, the stuff that I'm about to inject under your skin with this giant needle, causes your body to start growing more collagen... Hey! Where are you going?! Don't you want to get rid of your wrinkles?"

I'm happy to report, though, that if you are not happy with the way you look, there are many solutions including Accent skin tightening, Juvederm, Radiesse, Botox, face lifts...

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