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Not your mom's collagen

Article-Not your mom's collagen

Thinking about getting rid of those smile lines, or perhaps other facial wrinkles or folds? A new product is on the market that's described as a "revolutionary form of collagen." Evolence (Glymatrix Technology) uses collagen, one of nature's fundamental building blocks, to replenish the strength, support and structure of the skin.

Buzz worthy

At-A-Glance Injectable Fillers
"There's a lot of buzz about Evolence because it's a very natural way to replace collagen with collagen," says Z. Paul Lorenc, M.D., F.A.C.S., a Manhattan-based aesthetic plastic surgeon and assistant professor of plastic surgery at New York University Medical School. Collagen naturally breaks down as a person ages, which leads to wrinkles, lines and folds. "I tell everybody this is not your mother's collagen," he adds. According to David Mays, Pharm.D., M.B.A., director of aesthetic and medical dermatology at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Worldwide, Evolence provides both soft, natural-looking corrections and longer-lasting corrections than older collagen products. Dr. Mays says that in the U.S. right now, "Duration [of Evolence] is identical to or better than what you would expect from a hyaluronic acid."

While Evolence is new, however, it may not treat as many areas as current hyaluronic acid (HA) products like the Restylane and Juvederm family can, according to Dr. Joel Schlessinger, a board-certified dermatologist and president emeritus of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery. This, he says, is because the form approved is only for use on the nasolabial folds area (a.k.a., "smile lines"). A different form, Evolence Breeze, is also under development and will be used for other areas like the lips. Additionally, Evolence is a porcine (pig) tendon-derived material, as opposed to a bio-engineered product like Restylane, Perlane and Juvederm.

Dr. Schlessinger, who has performed research on several fillers and alternative forms of botulinum toxin, says, "This product is going to prove helpful for people who have to do a filler and then be in the public eye shortly thereafter."

Best of both worlds

Not only does Evolence last as long as HA fillers, but it comes with the benefits of collagen: swelling and bruising are minimal and that typically results in a shorter period of downtime.

Studies have also shown that there is a very limited risk of allergic problems associated with Evolence despite its porcine pedigree, according to Dr. Mays. Therefore, just the same as HA fillers, Evolence does not require pre-injection skin testing.

Want to know more?

Do your own comparison of injectable collagen and HA fillers using the at-a-glance chart above and talk with your doctor to decide what's best for you.

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