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Collagen Injections

Collagen Injections

What Are Collagen Injections?

Plastic surgeons use collagen as an all purpose filler to fix problems on the face. Usually it is injected through a needle into the area that needs “plumping up”. Collagen injections are injected into wrinkles to reduce the severity of their appearance. They are also used to plump up lips and add volume to faces that are losing fat and bone structure with age.

Everyone is born with a layer of collagen between the skin and the underlying tissues. Chemically collagen is basically a protein. This protein helps construct the network of fibers (also known as fascia) that is beneath the skin. This is what supports tissues and gives skin its softness, bounce and volume. That's why collagen beauty treatment is quite popular in celebrity circles. Collagen can be a one-procedure solution to fine lines, scars and wrinkles accordingly collagen injections are administered as; scar collagen injection, collagen lip injection, facial collagen injection and so on.

Why We Lose Collagen from the body?

As we age, the tissues lose their collagen and the skin loses its elasticity. Every time you perform a facial expression, it is replicated as a permanent pattern in the fascia beneath your skin. Repeated smiling, frowning and squinting soon leads to all kinds of wrinkles including brow furrows, crow’s feet and frown lines. The idea behind injecting collagen is to replenish this underlying skin structure so that it regains its ability to bounce back. Collagen replacement therapy helps smooth facial lines as well as reduces the look of most types of scars.

Types of Collagens

Basically there are two types of collagen: bovine and human.
  • Bovine collagen is derived from the tissues of a cow. Human skin is very compatible with bovine collagen and when it is injected, the body readily accepts it as its own tissue (in most cases.) Zyderm and Zyplast are two of the most popular types of injectible bovine collagen. Although bovine collagen has a high success rate there are individuals who have systems who reject it so before it is injected. For this reason your doctor may ask you for a skin test prior to administering it to make sure you are not allergic to it.
  • Human collagen is a bioengineered product and comes from a human donor. This type of collagen injection usually does not require any kind of skin test beforehand. The two most popular types of injectible human collagen are Zyderm and Zyplast.
Receiving a collagen injection is not any more difficult than getting a regular needle injection. However there are some individuals who may not respond to the treatment as well as others. For instance, individuals with Herpes Simplex might have a severe outbreak triggered once the immune system detects the presence of foreign substances. It could complicate existing infections such as oral or gum disease. It is definitely not a procedure that is recommended for anyone with AIDS or a similar autoimmune disorder.

You should expect to receive a small injection of local anesthesia to numb the area being treated. Remember, there is a possibility of slight bruising, and you may experience puffiness, redness and tenderness around the treated site afterwards.

Collagen Injection - Side Effects and Complications

Collagen injections come with very few serious side effects. After an injection it is also quite common to experience swelling, swelling, redness or bleeding around the site of the injection. The area might feel numb or you might feel hard spots if the artificial collagen did not set properly in the tissues. Normally these types of symptoms only last for about three days to a week.

Severe complications include asymmetrical results and the migration of the collagen to other parts of the body. In the face, the collagen usually travels to the cheek, above the lips or below the chin causing a puffy look. To avoid these types of side effects try to choose a professional plastic surgeon to administer your shots for you as opposed to a cosmetician.

What Are the Advantages of Collagen Injections?

Collagen injections are considered to be the safest of the injectible treatments because they have the lowest risk of infection and scarring. However their effect is short-lived and patients have to return to the plastic surgeon to get more collagen injected into the site every nine to twelve weeks. Collagen injection cost is affordable. At the time of this writing, there are is no permanent type of collagen augmentation but rest assured science is looking for away to eliminate the inconvenience of continually having to maintain your appearance with constant visits to the doctor to get shots.

Although collagen is the best known filler for lines, wrinkles and other problems, be aware that if it doesn’t work out for you that there are many other substances doctors can use to plump up your skin, including fat from your own body.