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Description

CosmoDerm and CosmoPlast are the only two FDA-approved dermal fillers based on human collagen. Collagen occurs naturally in the structure of the skin, but is gradually lost due to the aging process. The loss of collagen results in skin that sags into lines and wrinkles. CosmoPlast and CosmoDerm restore the collagen in the skin, smoothing and improving the appearance of the face.


Length of Surgery

30 minutes


In/Outpatient

Outpatient


Anesthesia

Topical anesthetic, or local anesthetic contained in the dermal filler


Back to work in...

Immediately


Back to the gym in...

1-2 days


Treatment Frequency

3-12 months


Risks

Redness, swelling, bruising, flu-like symptoms


Cost

$300-$900


Duration of results:

3-6 months


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CosmoPlast and CosmoDerm costs

Both CosmoPlast and CosmoDerm costs average $300 to $600 per cc. The cost for this treatment is greatly dependent on the amount of collagen filler required to achieve the desired results. The cost of collagen fillers is approximately the same as for other dermal fillers, and much less than for more invasive cosmetic procedures such as a facelift.

Am I a candidate for CosmoPlast and CosmoDerm?

Most candidates for CosmoPlast and CosmoDerm are between the ages of 30 and 65 and are looking to reverse the signs of aging, although collagen injections can also be used to treat facial blemishes not caused by aging, such as dimples, acne scars and undefined lip borders. The most frequently treated areas with Cosmoderm and CosmoPlast include:

  • Frown lines between the eyes
  • Acne scars
  • Cheek depressions
  • "smoker's lines" above the mouth
  • "Marionette lines" extending from the corners of the mouth downwards
  • "Worry lines" extending horizontally across the forehead
  • Crow's feet around the eyes
  • Smile lines
  • Dimples
  • Undefined lip borders

CosmoDerm and CosmoPlast collagen must not be used in those with a known allergy to the anesthetic lidocaine. Active rashes, hives, pimples, or infections in the treatment area require that treatment is postponed until the skin condition has been controlled. Injectable collagen must be used with caution in people who have had serious allergic reactions, asthma, or hay fever, because patients with these conditions may have a greater potential for exhibiting an allergic reaction.

What are CosmoPlast and CosmoDerm?

CosmoDerm is used to treat fine lines, such as crow's feet, while CosmoPlast is recommended for deeper wrinkles, as well as for adding volume to the lips.

CosmoPlast and CosmoDerm steps

Injecting CosmoPlast or CosmoDerm takes place in the doctor's office in under an hour. Because these treatments are based on natural human collagen, no pre-treatment allergy skin test is required, unlike with other dermal fillers. You may feel a little discomfort at the point of injection, although most doctors use a form of CosmoPlast or CosmoDerm that has been formulated with an anesthetic for your comfort. A topical anesthetic may also be used. Most people report that the injections are relatively painless.

Both CosmoDerm and CosmoPlast are injected below the surface of the skin to fill in lines and wrinkles from the inside. Several injections may be needed depending on the length and depth of the wrinkle. When a small amount of collagen is injected directly into the areas where wrinkles and other skin depressions have formed, the level of the skin can be raised to the level of surrounding skin, reducing lines, wrinkles, and indented scars. As the collagen is absorbed into the body over time, many patients opt for touch-up visits, which may require the injection of less CosmoPlast/CosmoDerm than the initial visit.

CosmoPlast and CosmoDerm Recovery and Healing Steps

There is no downtime; you can return to most daily activities immediately, although strenuous exercise, sun exposure, and alcoholic beverages should be avoided for 24 hours. The results of this treatment are visible immediately, and usually last around three to six months as the collagen is absorbed gradually by the body.

CosmoPlast and CosmoDerm Side Effects and Procedure Risks

Following the injection, the treatment site may be red, tender, or swollen, although CosmoPlast and CosmoDerm are associated with a low incidence of swelling and redness when compared to other dermal fillers. Makeup can be worn to camouflage these side effects, which usually resolve within a week. Risks include bruising or scar formation, particularly when the injection is accidentally placed through a blood vessel. Rarely, flu-like symptoms may develop.

Skin Rejuvenation Checklist

Skin Rejuvenation Checklist

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