Collagen Injection -- Wrinkle Filler

Collagen injection is a procedure used to fill wrinkles, plump lips, and improve skin appearance. Collagen is injected under the skin with a fine needle. Collagen is a natural protein that supports the skin and other areas of the body. It may be taken from an animal like a cow or pig or from the patient’s own tissue. Collagen is one of several filler options available.

  • Call Your Doctor

    After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • Increased pain, redness, bleeding, discharge, or swelling

    • Rash or
      hives
    • Uneven skin appearance
    • Any other concerns

  • Definition

    Collagen injection is a procedure used to fill wrinkles, plump lips, and improve skin appearance. Collagen is injected under the skin with a fine needle.

    Collagen is a natural protein that supports the skin and other areas of the body. It may be taken from an animal like a cow or pig or from the patient’s own tissue. Collagen is one of several filler options available.

  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    Collagen injection is an elective, cosmetic procedure. This means that the patient requests to have a procedure which is not medically necessary. It is done to:

    • Fill wrinkle lines
    • Plump lips
    • Improve the appearance of scars by plumping and smoothing skin

    Types of Wrinkles

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    Collagen injection may be used to fill in wrinkles near the nose, mouth, and forehead.Copyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.

    You will need proper pre-treatment testing and a trained specialist such as a dermatologist or a facial or general plastic surgeon. Treatments are often successful and results are seen right away. Results are temporary, lasting six months or more.

  • Possible Complications

    Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have collagen injections, your doctor will review a list of possible complications which may include:

    • Allergic reaction
    • Bumps, clumping, or abscesses on the skin
    • Uneven skin appearance
    • Skin rash, itchiness
    • Infection
    • Bleeding, bruising, or swelling
    • Damage to tissue and nerves near the injection site

    Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

    • Taking blood-thinning medicines
    • Allergies

    Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the collagen injections.