Collagen Stimulants (Dermal Filler)
Collagen stimulation injections (also known as dermal filler) can be used on face to restore the plump, fuller look of youthful skin.
At Australian Skin Clinics we commonly use these treatments around the lower cheek and mouth area, the jowls, the temples and under the eyes.
Three to five treatments are normally recommended four to six weeks apart and results begin to show three to six months after the first treatment, when your body starts to renew its collagen supplies. Optimal results can take up to six months. The treatment is carried out using topical numbing cream and you will need to massage the area twice a day for five days after your treatment.
The results should last two years but an annual top up will help maintain the results at an optimum level. Side effects typically consist of bruising and swelling which should settle within a few days. There are reported cases where lumps have occurred within the skin but these are uncommon and usually disappear with time.
Collagen Stimulation Injections – Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are collagen stimulants?
These are a synthetic injectable material which is biocompatible (that means it does not harm the body) and also biodegradable (can be broken down to lactic acid by the body). The substance has been in use for over forty years in dissolvable stitches and soft tissue implants.
2. How do collagen stimulants work?
These injections work by providing a gradual and but significant increase in collagen which means thicker skin. In turn this plumps out wrinkles and lines, improving the appearance of folds and sunken areas.
3. What areas can be treated?
The most common areas are the lower face, mouth and temples but it can also be used to lift brows, plump cheeks, nasolabial folds and the jowls.
4. How fast will I see results?
Although there is an initial volume increase when the product is injected, this is just the product and reaction to the injections. After about a week this will subside, but over the next 3 to 6 months you will see the formation of new collagen. Initial results are usually visible at about six weeks in most people. The body takes around ninety days to produce new collagen so the full result is not normally visible until three to six months after treatment.
5. How many treatments are required?
Most people need three to five treatments, four to six weeks apart for an optimum response. At your initial consultation we should be able to assess your individual case and give you an idea of how many treatments you will need
6. How long do the results last?
This varies from one person to the next and depends upon a number of factors including your health, your diet and your lifestyle. Clinical studies have shown that for most patients the results lasted for up to two years after the first treatment session but that a yearly top-up treatment will help maintain the results.
7. Does the treatment hurt?
Topical numbing cream is applied 45 minutes before the treatment. This and ice is usually sufficient to minimize discomfort.
9. What should I expect after treatment?
You will experience redness, swelling and bruising in the treatment area immediately after treatment. This will subside from a few hours to two days. Post-treatment you must massage the area two to three times a day for several days after treatment.
10. What are the possible side effects?
Bleeding, tenderness, redness, bruising or swelling at the injection site are all possible, lasting two to six days. 20% of patients experiencing bruising but this can be covered with mineral make-up. Rarely, small early nodules may sometimes occur but usually resolve spontaneously within three to four weeks. The development of late nodules is uncommon.