Collagen is the substance that supports and connects our bodily tissues including skin, bones, muscle, tendons and cartilage. As collagen degrades and production is hindered, wrinkles begin to appear in various zones of the body. Collagen keeps our skin looking plump and tight. However, as our skin is damaged by external elements and age takes its toll, collagen production slows down and existing collagen degrades. For those who may be bothered by the tell-tale signs of age associated with collagen degradation, there are treatments available in the form of collagen injections. Here are a few things to know about collagen injections before you decide to undergo treatment sessions.
What Are Collagen Injections Made Of?
The collagen injections used cosmetically are made of human, bovine and porcine collagen as well as a number of synthetic substances. The majority of these injectable collagens are biodegradable, creating the requirement for regular injection treatments. There are some designed to be a permanent fix.
Where can Collagen Injections Be Administered?
Collagen can be used as a treatment for wrinkles in many areas of the face, but are administered mainly to areas between the nose and mouth and are also used to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet around the corners of the eyes. Collagen is also used to heal scars, burns, and to fill in hollow cheeks and plump the lips.
Common Side Effects
Because of the use of bovine and porcine collagen, which comes from cows and pigs, it is quite common for these substances to incite some form of allergic reaction when the human body rejects them. An experienced practitioner knows this and will do allergy testing before administering any injection – a good question to discuss during the initial consultation.
Collagen can be a great alternative to face lifts because of their non-invasive nature and their use of natural elements. Even their synthetic elements are derived from the use of all-natural vitamins, herbs and minerals. Each practitioner may use a different form of collagen, so it is important for patients to discuss their medical history and any underlying allergies or medical conditions prior to treatment in order to avoid adverse effects.