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April 21, 2011

Bizarre Anti-Aging Treatments Around the World

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Photo Credit: Liz Von Hoene

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AQUAMID
Country: Denmark

Details: Unlike Artefill or silicone, Aquamid, a volumizing filler, doesn't elicit an inflammatory response, meaning your body won't fight it — the liquid formula doesn't contain the chemical microparticles or microspheres that can, in rare cases, cause a lumpy, red reaction. A liquid made of 97.5 percent water and a polyacrylamide gel — made from the same compound used in contact lenses — Aquamid is also more easily drained than either Artefill or silicone in case of under-skin infections. Treatments take 15 to 20 minutes.

Best for: Anyone dealing with age- or weight-loss-induced hollowness in the face or cheeks. Since the risk of inflammation is so low, doctors can inject more material in fewer treatments than they can with other fillers. And because Aquamid is permanent, it's also recommended for those looking to avoid pricey reinjections.

ETA in the U.S.: Within the next year, pending FDA approval.

Price in Denmark: $2,000 to $2,500.


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