What is Cosmoderm wrinkle fillers?

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Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
Cosmoderm is a human collagen wrinkle filler. It was introduced in an attempt to decrease the allergic reactions to cow collagen. Made from human skin tissue that is grown in a laboratory, Cosmoderm is strengthened by the chemical glutaraldehyde. It is made from dead humans. There is no way to sugarcoat that fact. And there is no way to assure with total certainty that a disease will not be passed along from the dead donor to the recipient of the collagen. Still, infectious diseases such as acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) or hepatitis, West Nile virus, or Cruetzfeld-Jacob disease (the human mad cow disease) have never resulted from a Cosmoderm injection.

On the other hand, every type of tissue ever transplanted from one human to another has eventually been linked to infectious disease transmission. Hepatitis C has been passed along, even when the organ donor tested negative! Diseases that we can't even test for yet might be in the tissue. There has been one death and at least two dozen serious infections from the transplantation of other types of contaminated tissue from one person to another.

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