Collagen Injections are being used for filling creases, wrinkles and skin dents on the face and that includes laugh lines, wrinkles on the face, creases on the lips, crow’s feet and scars resulting from acne. Parts of the neck, back and chest can also be treated with it, reviving the skin for a while, giving it a more youthful appearance or for a making more filled chicks or lips. Injecting a substance like collagen or fat into the skin for the purpose of filling up the targeted area is the basis of the procedure. The FDA has approved injecting collagen since 1981.
Ongoing treatments may be needed in order to keep the rejuvenating effect, based on which substance has been injected. If collagen has been used touch-up treatments may be necessary 2 to 4 times a year to keep the desired effect. In some patients, the body’s natural production of collagen may be provoked by the collagen injections, decreasing the number of follow up injections necessary. Fat, on the other hand, can often accomplish long-term results, depending on the way it was used.
Anesthetic is not necessary in a traditional way of usage since collagen is mixed with lidocaine anesthetic for relief of pain. Nevertheless, the doctor may apply a topical cream anesthetic or spray to desensitize the area, if you are especially susceptible to pain.
An Overview of Collagen Injection & Enhancements
Collagen is naturally produced protein that gives support to different body parts from the skin and the joints, to the bones and ligaments. Collagen used for injecting is made from purified cow’s collagen. A product very much alike human collagen is created during the process of purification. For the past 20 year, injectable collagen has been widely used. It can be found in different densities to meet every patient’s preferences.
The principal use of collagen is for filling facial wrinkles, scars and lines, but also quite often for the neck, back and chest. During the process, the doctor will overfill the area a little since the substance contains salt water that in the next few days will be absorbed by the body.
Right after the treatment, you may experience slight irritation around the targeted area. Sometimes minor bruising or swelling will appear, but it is not worrisome. If redness occurs in the injected area, it will most often vanish within 24 hours. In some patients, however, especially those with fair complexion, the redness could last for several days or more.
An Overview of Fat Injections & Enhancements
The procedure of injecting fat is known as autologous fat transplantation or microlipoinjection. It means fat cells from areas like the abdomen, thighs or buttocks and re-injecting the under the patients facial skin. It is usually applied for filling in “sunken” cheeks or laugh lines that are between the mouth and the nose, to mend skin dents or imperfections, to reduce wrinkles on the forehead and for lips augmentation.
First, both the donor and recipient areas are disinfected and local anesthesia is applied on them. Than the fat is extracted with the help of a syringe that has a large-bore needle attached to a suction device or with cannula, the same instrument used in liposuction. After preparation, the fat is then injected in the recipient area with a needle.
Just like with collagen, it’s necessary to overfill the site in order to allow absorption of the fat in the weeks after the treatment. Sometimes the face may briefly look plumped or swollen by the overfilling, especially when fat is used for filling sunken cheeks or for correcting sites on the face other than lines.
Swelling, bruises and redness should be expected on both the donor and the recipient area. The seriousness of these occurrences depends on the size and position of the areas treated. If you are uncomfortable with your temporary appearance, you can use makeup with sun block protection to mask it. The inflation and swelling could persist for weeks, particularly if the recipient area received large filling.
Where Lines Come From and How Injections Work
The collagen structure is undamaged in a young skin and the skin preserves its elasticity and moisture. It resists the numerous facial expressions that we learn, but also the daily exposure to the surrounding conditions. But, over the years, the support framework loses its strength and the skin is deprived of its elasticity. As the collagen support diminishes, the skin starts to lose its tone. With each smile, frown or squint, the collagen in your skin is put under pressure. Facial lines start to appear since as a result of the cumulative effect of these facial expressions.
Human skin is composed of two layers: dermis and epidermis. The epidermis is the protective, outer-most layer of the skin. The second layer, the dermis, lays right bellow the epidermis. The dermis is mostly comprised of a protein called “collagen” and it performs the role of support structure for the skin.
Collagen injections are meant to restore the skin’s collagen structure. As the frame of the support structure is renewed, the natural beauty of the skin is revived. Similar to natural collage, injectable collagen tends to lose shape and ultimately wear down.
If you decide to get injections and your doctor approves, the process will usually start by testing your skin in your forearm to check if you are irritated by the substance being used. The tested site must be watched over carefully for the next four weeks. The majority of patients, both male and female alike doesn’t react negatively to the skin test and are clear to have injections. After the procedure, no bandages or pain suppressants are necessary. Patients are free to eat, drink and wear sun block protection makeup, briefly afterwards. Some short lasting redness and swelling may appear in the treated site which should vanish in the next few days. Patients can continue to work and act normally right away. Most patients are very satisfied with the results, and so would you. At the least, the wonderful results that come out of this simple procedure will give you a pleasant surprise.