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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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Country: France

Details: Using tiny 32-gauge needles or a mesotherapy "gun," French doctors inject a cocktail of beneficial substances into the very top layer of the dermis to stimulate fibroblasts, the wound-healing cells that produce collagen. Treatments include vitamins A, to turn over skin cells; B, to scavenge free radicals; C, to promote collagen and inhibit melanin (slowing pigmentation); E, an antioxidant; and K, which affects microcirculation. Hyaluronic acid and sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium also increase collagen and elastin production, improving the texture, brightness, and moisture of the face, neck, and hands. Budget 30 minutes if you opt for the needles or 15 for the gun, a handheld injection device that stabilizes the skin and dispenses consistent doses.

Best for: 20- and 30-somethings looking to ward off early signs of aging; older patients already using Botox and/or fillers can get mesotherapy as an adjunct treatment.

ETA in the U.S.: Within five years (mesotherapy has not been submitted for FDA approval). Be wary of these treatments offered by nonmedical clinics, where there's no telling what's in your vitamin cocktail.

Price in France: $300 to $1,000, depending on the area treated.

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