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Collagen injections

A popular cosmetic treatment for many years, collagen fillers are being phased out in favor of hyaluronic acid fillers.

Before You Go

Questions to ask your doctor:

  • Am I a better candidate for bovine or human collagen injections, or other types of fillers?
  • How old is your current collagen stock?

Pre-procedure prep for collagen injections: You will need a test injection a month in advance if you are getting bovine collagen. You may be asked to stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen and Coumadin - drugs that make it harder for your blot to clot.

On the day of treatment: Thoroughly cleanse your skin before you go to the doctor.

What To Expect

Your doctor will massage the injection site to help ease the gelatinous solution into the skin evenly, which is done before the solution becomes firm and settled, like Jello. A numbing cream and ice pack may be used beforehand to increase your comfort. Once introduced into the skin, both bovine and human collagen work similarly, rapidly integrating into the recipient's collagen reserves. The injection site may appear red or bruised immediately afterward.

Who should do it: Consult a dermatologist or plastic surgeon with proven expertise in injecting collagen.

Duration: Collagen injections can take between 20 minutes and an hour, depending on the number of syringes used.

How Painful Is It?

Collagen injections in the lip may be especially uncomfortable - the lips are full of nerve endings. But because the injections contain a numbing product called lidocaine, which anesthetizes the skin, the procedure can be performed without a separate numbing agent.

Options for anesthesia: Most types of collagen are compounded with lidocaine, an anesthetic. A numbing cream and ice pack may also be used before injections to increase comfort.

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