is a protein found in bone, cartilage,
skin, and tendons, that is essential
for skin strength and elasticity.
Over time, collagen breaks down, causing
skin to lose its elasticity and begin
to wrinkle and sag. In an effort to
fight these signs of aging, many people
turn to collagen injections to replace
their lost natural collagen.
are collagen injections?
Collagen injections are derived from
purified bovine (cow) collagen and
have been FDA approved since 1981.
The purified bovine collagen is very
similar to human collagen and is manufactured
in different thicknesses to meet each
injections are used to fill in creases,
wrinkles, and depressions in facial
skin, including laugh lines, smile
lines, facial wrinkles, lip creases,
crow’s feet, and acne scars.
It can also be used to treat areas
of the neck, back, and chest, as well
as to create plumper cheeks or lips.
many instances, collagen injections
are used in conjunction with another
cosmetic procedure such as laser skin
resurfacing or facelift. Some patients
may decide to use Botox (injections
that reduce the appearance of wrinkles)
to treat frown lines and collagen
for lip augmentation. It is important
to remember that there are a variety
of options that should be discussed
with a qualified cosmetic surgeon.
do collagen injections work?
Collagen treatments, often referred
to as “lunchtime” cosmetic
procedures, are usually performed
in the doctor’s office and do
not require local anesthesia (the
collagen injections contain lidocaine,
which has a numbing effect), although
if a patient is especially sensitive
to pain a sedative or topical anesthetic
may be used.
doctor will then administer a series
of injections along the edge of the
area to be treated. The treatment
area will be slightly overfilled because
the body will absorb the saltwater
in the collagen solution. The procedure
is quick and relatively painless –
some minor burning or stinging may
occur if a topical anesthetic is not
used. Patients will be able to resume
normal activity immediately following
weeks following the collagen treatment,
the injected bovine collagen will
break down and be replaced with newly
formed human collagen. In order to
maintain the new youthful appearance,
collagen injections will have to be
repeated every three to 12 months.
injections are a quick and easy way
to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Contact a qualified cosmetic surgeon
to find out more about collagen and
other wrinkle treatments such as facelifts
and Botox injections.
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