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Collagen injections are an easy way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. A cosmetic/plastic surgeon can perform collagen injection to treat facial wrinkles.

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Collagen Injections

Collagen 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.

What 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 patient’s need.

Collagen 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.

In 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.

How 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.

The 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 treatment.

Several 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.

Collagen 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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