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A collagen injection is a cosmetic procedure that can soften some signs of aging on your face. As you get older, your face begins to lose some of its fullness and wrinkles usually appear. How your face ages depends on many factors including your genes, whether you smoke, sleep positions, and how much UV light exposure you’ve had. UV or ultraviolet light comes from the sun or tanning beds/lamps.
Although everyone's face may age a little differently, it's normal to lose some of the skin's fullness when the skin protein called collagen breaks down. A collagen injection puts collagen directly into lines and wrinkles. This will plump them up and give you a more youthful look.
Human collagen or animal collagen may be used. The results of these injections may last up to 4 months. Newer products for cosmetic injection are being developed that may last longer.
You may choose to get collagen injections to help:
Collagen injections are quite safe, but all medical procedures carry some risk. The most common risk is an allergic reaction to the collagen. Your doctor may give you a pre-treatment test injection first – especially if you are going to get collagen made from animal sources. Other risks include:
There may be more risks if you have other medical conditions. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your doctor before the procedure.
It’s important to have realistic expectations of what collagen injections can and can't do.
Based on your medical condition, your doctor may request other specific preparation.
Collagen injections are usually done in a doctor's office. Specialists who offer these treatments include dermatologists and plastic surgeons.
Before the procedure begins, your doctor may take some “before” photographs and use a marker to make guidelines for the injections. Thin needles are used to inject medicines and the collagen into your skin. Generally collagen injections follow this process:
You will be able to see the results of your collagen injections right away. Ask your doctor if you should take any medication for pain and if you should follow any special instructions.
In most cases, you should be able to clean your face and wear makeup normally. You may even be able to put on makeup before leaving the doctor's office, but you should not rub the treated area.
You can usually go back to your normal diet and normal activities.
You may notice these mild, short-term side effects:
You may have some swelling and bruising for the first 24 hours. The area may look red for a day or up to a week. Putting ice on your skin may help. Be sure to wrap the ice in a thin towel to avoid skin damage. Some injected areas may have a puffy or overfilled look for a few days.
Call your doctor if you have any of the following:
The results of collagen injections aren’t permanent and will fade over time. To keep wrinkles, folds, or scars from coming back, you will need to go back to your doctor for more injections. Talk with your doctor about all the options that may be available.
Before you agree to the test or the procedure make sure you know:
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