Collagen

Last Updated: January 24, 2013

Healthy collagen is important to having young-looking skin, and increasing the quality and amount of collagen in your skin is beneficial in restoring healthy and youthful skin texture and tone.

The injectable form of collagen has been used successfully for decades in treating laugh lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet, acne scars, and to create fuller lips and cheeks.

Collagen has also been used to treat minor imperfections in areas of the neck, back and chest.

Collagen treatment is commonly used in conjunction with other procedures, specifically facelifts and skin resurfacing.

Collagen injections are quick, safe, and simple with virtually no recovery time. A qualified cosmetic surgeon can discuss all available treatment options and offer sound advice.

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The collagen injection treatment procedure is fairly simple, usually occurring at a doctor’s office over a period of an hour or less.

What is Collagen?

Collagen is a natural protein present throughout the body, including the bones, cartilage, tendons, and skin.

Several different types of collagen are present and are used to build new cellular structure and to repair any cellular damage.

There are 27 different types of collagen found in the body. Specifically, collagen types I, III, and V are involved in skin health, creation and repair, and are vital for skin strength and elasticity.

Collagen breaks down over time, causing wrinkles, thinning, and sagging of the skin.

How is a Collagen Injection Performed?

The collagen injection treatment procedure is fairly simple, usually occurring at a doctor’s office over a period of an hour or less.

The doctor will implant collagen in specific areas depending on the patient’s specific needs. Recovery time is minimal, usually just a few minutes. The patient will begin to see improvements in the appearance of lines and wrinkles as soon as any puffiness from the injections subsides, typically within a day or two.

What are the Benefits/Risks of Collagen Injections?

Collagen injections are a safe and effective way to reduce the appearance of aging skin.

Collagen procedures have been successfully performed for decades, providing patients with fuller lips and firmer, more youthful looking skin.

Collagen is a naturally occurring protein so risks associated with the procedure are minimal.

The most common issues resulting from collagen injection are allergic reactions, infection, and uneven skin tone of the treated area.

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There are 27 different types of collagen found in the body. Specifically, collagen types I, III, and V are involved in skin health, creation and repair, and are vital for skin strength and elasticity.

Am I a Good Candidate for Collagen Injections?

The typical collagen procedure patient is 35 to 60 years old and desires to treat signs of aging such as mild to moderate smile lines, crow’s feet, and brow lines.

Collagen injections are also used for patients of any age desiring fuller lips.

The ideal candidate for collagen treatment has skin that retains some of its original elasticity, although older patients do benefit as well.

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