Description

Collagen injections, which are made of a natural-occurring protein that provides support to the skin, joints, bones, and ligaments, can help improve visible signs of aging. This soft-tissue facial filler can help to restore a smoother, more youthful-looking appearance by filling in lines and creases with tiny injections.

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Length

15 minutes to 1 hour per session.

Side Effects

Minor discomfort, stinging or throbbing in the injected area. Possibility of slight bruising and swelling.

Recovery

No downtime and no bandages; patients are able to return to work immediately. Free to eat, drink, and wear makeup with sunblock protection shortly thereafter.

Risks

Allergic reaction is the primary risk associated with collagen injections, including signs of redness, itching, or swelling. Conditions of infection, abscesses, open sores, skin peeling, scarring and lumpiness not related to allergies are rare.

Results

Variable; longevity of collagen injections depend on patient’s lifestyle, physical characteristics, and the part of the body treated. Collagen will disappear faster in areas that are directly affected by muscles movement. A doctor can help you determine how long to go between treatments to best maintain results.

 

Technology

This substance is made from purified bovine collagen; therefore a skin test for allergies is required before collagen injections. Collagen is injected using a fine needle inserted at several points along the edge of the treatment site, typically used to fill wrinkles, lines and scars on the face and sometimes the neck, back and chest. Collagen is also used to make other facial fillers, such as Artecoll ®. The doctor will slightly overfill the area, because part of the substance is water and the body will reabsorb it within a few days.

Patient Status

Outpatient -

Anesthesia

None

 

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