Radiance

Oct16-2003-RadianceTVWEST HARTFORD, Conn. — Move over botox and collagen — now there is an injectable treatment that promises to fill those facial furrows in no time and make you look years younger. Health TeamCarolyn Pennington, NBC 30 Health Reporter

It’s called Radiance, and it’s the latest weapon against wrinkles. It will work better, and last longer, than collagen.

Gail Seamonds, of Milford, Conn., told NBC 30 that she thought the process was much better than using collagen.

“Collagen was unpleasant, even with the local anesthetic in and the results afterwards — it was a bit lumpy and it wasn’t smooth at all.”

Plus, collagen only lasts a few months and Seamonds was looking for longer lasting effects.

The procedure itself takes little time, and unlike collagen, requires no prior allergy testing.

Prof. Laurence Kirwan, a Norwalk, Conn., plastic surgeon, said that the material is very natural.

“It’s the same material we have in our bones and our teeth, so it’s a natural human product,” he said. “And because of that, we don’t need to do allegy testing.”

Kirwan said that massaging the area afterward is the key to making sure the area remains smooth, and not lumpy.

And while there are no long-term studies to confirm just how long Radiance will last, Kirwan estimates that it will last from six months of one year.

Health reporter Carolyn Pennington said that the procedure can leave some bruising and redness, but that they would disappear after a couple of days. She also reported that the procdure would cost a bit more than a collagen treatment, $1,000 versus $600.

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