Understand Collagen Treatments Before Your Appointment With A South Florida Cosmetic Surgeon

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Collagen treatments can make you look younger by plumping wrinkles and providing padding under your skin thats lost as you age. If youve made an appointment with a South Florida cosmetic surgeon to discuss collagen injections, understanding the process before you go can help you ask important questions so that you make the right choices in treatment options.

Collagen Treatment Facts

Cosmetic surgeons inject collagen, usually Zyderm or Zyplast, into the skin at fine wrinkles, around the lips to refirm them and define their shape, or into deeper wrinkles or acne scars to help reduce their appearance. Zyderm and Zyplast are derived from purified bovine collagen. Because theres a chance of an allergic reaction, your surgeon will do an allergy test about a month before your first injection. The symptoms of an allergy to bovine collagen can take up to a month to appear. If youve had no symptoms during that month, youll come in for an appointment for the actual treatment.

Zyderm I is most suitable for very fine wrinkles. For deeper wrinkles or scars, your surgeon may use Zyderm II, which contains twice as much collagen. Zyplast is the strongest formulation, and is usually reserved for deep wrinkles, severe scarring and for plumping lips.

Other options for collagen injections include Cosmoderm and Cosmoplast, made from human collagen. Because theres no danger of an allergy with these, theres no need for an allergy test. Evolence, made from porcine collagen, is used for deep wrinkles and scarring. It appears to be associated with less bruising, and the treatments may last nearly twice as long as other types of collagen.

The typical appointment for collagen injections take 15 to 30 minutes, depending on how many areas your surgeon is treating. In most cases, youll be able to leave the office immediately and continue with your normal day with no ill effects. You might feel a slight stinging or burning at the injection site, and there may be a little temporary swelling. Other than that, there are few untoward side effects for a collagen injection that is done properly.

You can expect the results of your collagen treatment to last 3 to 6 months, though it varies from person to person. If you dont receive another treatment to maintain the effects, your body will naturally absorb the collagen. Evolence injections last about 6 months, and some evidence from Europe suggests that the effects may last as much as a year.
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This article was published on 2011/04/21