Dermal Fillers: Collagen

Dermal Fillers: Collagen

What are dermal collagen fillers?

There are several types of dermal fillers, but they mostly fulfill the same purpose: eliminating signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles and frown marks from different regions of the face and restoring the youthful, fresh, glowing appearance of the skin. Collagen 1 There are a number of applications for collagen dermal fillers associated with skin improvement and overall facial appearance. Some of the most prominent benefits of these fillers include:

–          Elimination of signs of aging such as wrinkles from the mouth and forehead region

–          Reshaping of lips to achieve a fuller look

–          Skin rejuvenation

–          Correction for skin damaged my excessive, prolonged exposure to the sun

–          Scar filling

–          Enhancing volume with collagen

Collagen is a naturally occurring substance in the body that offers a framework to promote the growth and development of blood vessels and cells in the body. It is basically the protein that constitutes the structure of the skin, hair, bones, nerves and blood vessels. Dermal fillers containing collagen are basically created by deriving the protein from human or animal sources in order to promote the growth of hair, skin and vessels in the body. Collagen Medical
These fillers can then be injected into the body for aesthetic/cosmetic procedures that aim to improve or enhance the overall facial appearance. There are a number of commercially available collagen dermal fillers based on their origin, nature and source of derivation, some of the most popular of which include:

–          Cosmoplast & Cosmoderm: The collagen dermal fillers are derived entirely from human sources.

–          Evolence: This collagen dermal filler is derived from pigs (purified form of porcine)

–          Zyplast & Zyderm: Collagen derived from bovine sources. (All animal derived collagen essentially requires initial testing for allergies)

–          Artefill: This is a specialized form of collagen, a hybrid in nature which is created using spheres of plymethymethacrylate and bovine collagen

–          Autologen: Autologen is basically collagen derived from the skin of the patient, which is first stored, sterilized, liquidated and then injected back into the body

–          Dermalogen: This collagen is also derived from humans, but from cadaver skins. Prior to injection, it is completely sterilized and liquidated.



Are there any risks or complications associated with dermal collagen fillers?

Although Dermal Collagen Filler procedures are minimally invasive, there are still certain risks and complications that are associated with the procedure which must be considered prior to getting the injections.  Leading cosmetic surgeons arrange consultation sessions with their patients in order to explain them about all major and minor risks of the procedure in detail, and whether dermal collagen fillers are suitable for patients based on their medical histories. Some of the common risks and complications which can be seen during or after dermal filler procedures include the following:

–          Allergic reactions to collagen treatment

–          Reactivation in case of cold sores history

–          Infection at the site of injections

–          Scarring

–          Altered or rough skin texture

–          Formation of abscess

–          Peeling of the skin

–          Formation of lumps

–          Necrosis of the skin

–          Open sores

–          Post operative swelling

–          Bruising

What are the steps involved in dermal collagen filler procedures?

Collagen dermal fillers are basically injections for regions of the face that have suffered damaged from scarring, wrinkling, sun exposure, marks or require enhancement for a fuller look. The basic steps of this procedure include:

  1. Testing for collagen allergies: Because allergic reactions are the most common complication of collagen dermal fillers, it is essential to perform a test prior to the procedure itself. For this purpose, the surgeon will inject a small amount of the chosen collagen into the skin of the patient. This spot is then observed for signs including pain, itching, swelling and change of skin tone. Once the patient tests negative for collagen allergies, the surgeon proceeds with the collagen dermal fillers.
  2. Patient assessment: The surgeon first makes a thorough assessment in order to note the needs and requirements of the patient. During this assessment, careful examination and evaluation of the skin and facial features is done.
  3. Marking injection points: Based on the assessment, the surgeon then marks the regions of the face that require correction through collagen dermal fillers.
  4. Septic measures: The marked regions of the face are then thoroughly cleaned using medicated antibacterial cleansing agents.
  5. Anesthesia: In some cases, especially when patients are sensitive to, or scared of injections, a topical gel of anesthesia is placed on the face before inserting the injection.
  6. The collagen dermal filler injections: Once these steps have been completed, the surgeon inserts the collagen dermal injections into the marked sites. This procedure does not take longer than several minutes, especially if the surgeon is an experienced professional.
  7. Ice packing: After the injections, the surgeon advises the patients to place an icepack on their face in order to reduce the discomfort or chances of post operative swelling.

Results and Recovery (Click here to view Before & After Photographs):

Collagen dermal fillers offer astounding results in enhancing/ improving the overall appearance of the face. Once the discomfort or swelling has subsided, patients can appreciate their glowing skin and manage to look much younger than their actual age.