How Do Collagen Injections Work?
Collagen injections replenish the skin's natural collagen. The natural beauty of your skin is enhanced as the contour of the support structure is restored.
Zyderm and Zyplast are collagen products from cows that replace the collagen your skin loses over time. Zyderm and Zyplast collagen are placed just beneath the skin, in the dermis where the body readily accepts it as its own.
CosmoDerm is bioengineered human collagen that is used to replenish lost collagen, but it has the advantage of not requiring a skin test prior to the first treatment.
ArteFill, Evolence, and Fibrel are also collagen-based injections.
Collagen should be injected into your skin only by a trained health care professional.
What Can I Expect From Collagen Injections or Other Fillers?
Before getting a collagen injection, you may receive a small injection of local anesthesia to numb the area being treated. There is a possibility of slight bruising, and you may experience puffiness, redness, and tenderness around the treated site.
It's important to discuss with your doctor exactly what you can expect from each treatment. Together, you can prioritize which facial areas you wish to have treated and discuss how many treatments you may need and the estimated cost. It's important to know that one treatment probably will not remove every line on your face.
Depending on the substance injected, you will need continued treatments to maintain the smoothing effect.
How Many Collagen or Filler Injections Will I Need?
That depends on which product you use. Just like natural collagen, collagen replacements begin to lose form and will eventually wear down. Treatment may require collagen injections two to four times a year to maintain the smoothing effects.
How Do I Find out if Injectable Fillers Are Right for Me?
You and your doctor will discuss your medical history and the areas you want treated with injectable fillers. Injections are not appropriate for certain lines and scars or when certain medical conditions are present. It is very important to discuss and understand what filler injections can do for you.
If you and your doctor decide injections are appropriate, your doctor may start with a skin test in your forearm to determine if you are sensitive to the substance being used. You must watch the area very carefully over a four-week period. Most men and women tested show no reaction to the skin test.