Plastic syringe containing liquid collagen for cosmetic/plastic surgery, Europe, 2000
Collagen is the main protein in the human body’s connective tissue – which acts as a type of internal scaffolding for the tissues and cells. As we get older, collagen is replaced less effectively causing a visible ageing of the body, such as wrinkles and receding gums. Injecting liquid collagen into the skin using syringes like this one is a popular and simple cosmetic surgical technique intended to ‘iron out’ wrinkles, although the effects tend to be only temporary.
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An instrument used for injecting or withdrawing fluids. The open end of the syringe may be fitted with a hypodermic needle for injection into the bloodstream.
Glossary: plastic surgery
A surgical speciality dealing with the restoration or construction of the body. Often used to refer to elective surgery done for aesthetic reasons.