What is Isolagen?
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Isolagen: Make your own dermal filler!
The greatest shortcoming of the currently available dermal fillers for lines and wrinkles is their impermanence. Restylane and Juvederm, while safe and effective, last less than a year.
A new filler, called Isolagen, is produced from your own collagen-producing cells, called fibroblasts. Collagen is the protein which adds volume and structure to your skin.
A plug of skin is obtained by your doctor, usually from an inconspicuous area like behind the ear. The tissue is sent to the makers of Isolagen, where the collagen forming cells are isolated, forced to grow in tissue culture, where they manufacture a significant volume of collagen.
The collagen is purified, concentrated, and repackaged into a syringe, which is mailed back to your doctor. Then it can be injected into the desired area. The grown collagen is genetically identical to the collagen presently inside your body, which makes allergies or cross-reactions impossible. Similarly it is believed that the collagen will last longer since it is not recognized as being derived from a nonhuman source.
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