Other Injectable Fillers
- Artecoll is a synthetic filler material. Because it's synthetic, you are at higher risk of having an allergic reaction to it than if you got an injection of collagen or fat, but it lasts much longer than those options.
- Autologen is an injection of your own collagen, extracted from another place on your body. There's no risk of allergic reaction; however, the results are only temporary.
- Dermalogen is collagen extracted from deceased human donors. This is also a temporary fix, but your body should not reject it.
- Fascia injections use a specific type of connective tissue harvested either from your own body or from a deceased human donor. It can be implanted surgically or injected. The main drawback is that within a year of injection, your body will reabsorb the fascia and you'll be back at square one.
- Fat from your own thighs or abdomen can be also be injected. There's no risk of allergic reaction and you may achieve permanent results. This can also be implanted surgically.
- HylaForm is a material created from a natural body substance known as hyaluronic acid. There's no risk of infection, but you will need repeated treatments to maintain the result as it's only a temporary fix.
- Restylane is a clear gel that also contains hyaluronic acid. It is only a temporary fix, as your body will absorb it within about six months of the injection.
What Can I Expect From Collagen Injections or Other Fillers?
Before getting a collagen injection, you should expect to 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 be treated and discuss how many treatments you may need and the estimated cost. It's important to know that one treatment may not remove every line on your face.
Depending on the substance injected, you may 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. Hylaform and Restylane are also eventually reabsorbed by the body requiring repeated treatment. Synthetic materials, such as Artecoll, last longer but carry a higher risk of allergic reaction. Fat, depending on how it is used, can sometimes achieve permanent results.
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 and can have injections.