If you haven't heard already, there's a new filler in town -- Evolence -- and it's about to take the cosmetic procedure world by storm. The latest wrinkle filler is all natural and that makes it a bit controversial.
Evolence is made of purified porcine collagen, a.k.a. Miss Piggy. It's commonly used to plump up laugh lines (nasolabial folds), the same way doctors use hyalurionic-acid fillers like Juvederm or Restylane.
We asked Dr. Ariel Ostad, a New York City dermatologist what all the fuss was about. "Other fillers tend to cause bruising or swelling at the injection site, but with Evolence, patients get great results with little to no downtime. These results last six to 12 months and the cost is comparable to the other fillers on the market. Plus, there's no need for patients to come in to the office for pre-injection allergy testing," says Dr. Ostad.
When we asked if observant Jewish patients were concerned about the potentially taboo source of the collagen, Dr. Ostad explained that as long as the drug is used for medical purposes, and not ingested, it's 100% kosher. Looks like Evolence is going to be a big hit with the lunchtime procedure set -- not that we know anyone who would do that!