Injectable cosmetic fillers have provided a solution for patients to rejuvenate their facial appearance without incisions and a minimal amount of downtime. Collagen is just one of the fillers available in the market today. The collagen used comes from highly purified bovine collagen. By injecting collagen into the skin, it adds volume, improves texture, and can smooth out wrinkles. This minimally-invasive procedure can temporarily treat such conditions as wrinkles, scars, and thin lips. What results is a longer-lasting, youthful facial appearance. This has grown in popularity.
* The national average cost of colagem treatment session is $673.
* Colagem Treatment is a temporary procedure that need to be repeated after 3-6 months.
Collagem injections are typically used to improve skin texture smooth skin and achieve a youthful appearance.
If you are considering Collagen injections, the following information will provide you with a basic introduction to the procedure. For more detailed information about how this procedure may help you, we recommend that you consult a cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist who is board certified or has extensive experience in administering Collagen injections.
- What are some of the most common benefits of collagen treatment?
- How are collagen treatments performed?
- How long do treatments take?
- Where are the treatments performed?
- How much pain is there?
- What can I expect after collagen treatment?
- Ideal Candidate:
- Other important information:
- Risk and limitations
What are some of the most common benefits of collagen treatment?
- Improve skin texture
- Fill out wrinkles and some scars
- More sensuous lips
- Smoother skin
- More youthful appearance
How are collagen treatments performed?
A skin test is usually performed several weeks before receiving any collagen injection. This is done to determine if an allergic reaction could occur as a result of the Collagen.
During the treatment, the practitioner injects tiny amounts of Collagen into the skin using a very fine needle. Areas of injection are located along the edge of the treatment site. The practitioner may slightly overfill the area, which will eventually be absorbed in a few days.
Patients can return to their normal activities soon after receiving the injections.
How long do treatments take?
The Collagen injections can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, depending on how large of an area needs to be treated.
Where are the treatments performed?
Injections are usually administered at the doctor's office.
How much pain is there?
An advantage to the Collagen procedure is that it enhances one's appearance with a minimal amount of pain. Collagen is mixed in with the anesthetic agent - lidocaine.
Although pain is minimal, patients can request to have a topical anesthetic applied.
What can I expect after collagen treatment?
The results of these injections can be seen almost immediately following treatment. Areas may be bruised, red, or swollen, but that should only last for only one or two days. The results of the Collagen can last six months or even longer. Results may vary. Factors such as age, skin type, daily activities can influence how long the results of Collagen will last. Areas with significant muscle movement will experience faster disappearance of collagen.
Patients can choose to undergo another set of injections. Going in for a following treatment before the results of the previous Collagen injections disappear will help maintain the lasting effect. Those that do not undergo a follow-up treatment will find their results returning to a pre-treatment state. Discuss with your practitioner to plan future visits.
In general, the best candidates for Collagen injections are:
- Physically healthy
- Psychologically stable
- Wanting to look younger and more refreshed
- Wanting to enhance their facial appearance
- Well informed in regard to the procedure's outcome
- Realistic in their expectations
The above is only a partial list of the criteria that your physician will consider in determining whether or not this procedure is appropriate for you. Be sure to ask your physician if he/she considers you an ideal candidate for Collagen.
Other important information:
Based on the area(s) to be treated, one of the various types of Collagen may be used to treat your specific needs. Your plastic surgeon will determin the most appropriate technique.
Collagen side effects and risks:
The biggest risk involved with collagen injections is an allergic reaction to the product. This risk is reduced through a skin test. Those that undergo a skin test should watch for any sign of redness, itching, swelling or other occurrences. Other significant risks associated with Collagen injections are rare, but the potential side effects to the treatment are:
- Skin Peeling
Consult your doctor for more detailed information on the safety of Collagen.
The information on this web site is only intended as an introduction to this procedure and should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor as a guarantee of the result. The best method of determining your options is to consult qualified surgeons who are able to answer specific questions related to your situation.
*Disclaimer: Costs source: According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), nationally in 2010. Most surgeons offer convenient payments plans for this procedure. Cost does not include anesthesia, operating room facility, hospital stay, and other related expenses. Costs may vary depending the extensiveness of the procedure, location, and other factors. Costs are provided solely for research purposes. For specific estimates, please contact a qualified plastic surgeon.