Collagen is used as a primary ingredient in many dermal fillers. It is positively indicated for reduction in wrinkles and a fresher, more rested-looking face. Facial lines and folds such as naso-labial and marionette lines are visibly reduced by collagen fillers while lips and cheeks can be plumped by the same ingredient.
The source of collagen may be human sources, animal such as purified sterilised bovine (cow), and porcine (pig) collagen. Unlike human-derived collagen, these forms of collagen require allergy testing. A hybrid form of two sources of collagen that is a mixture of bovine collagen and tiny plastic beads is Artefill (homogeneous polymethylmethacrylate microspheres).
The filler Alloderm is derived from the skin of cadavers (human corpses) with the cells taken out of it. This leaves just the collagen which is freeze-dried in thin sheets. It is used in breast reconstruction; to cover hernias; the treatment of burns; and penis enlargement. Alloderm is treated with immunosuppressant therapy to help prevent rejection by the host’s body. Collagen can also be harvested from one’s own skin, after liposuction or another operation. It is then processed, sterilised and transformed into liquid. It can be kept for up to 5 years.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A consultation that defines desired results and sets expectations. A short injection period lasting about 10 minutes.
Collagen can be used on various areas of the body from the face to hands to penis enlargement. It effectively plumps skin and reduces wrinkles.
Collagen like all dermal fillers can cause swelling, redness and/or bruising. These side effects disappear over a couple of days to a couple of weeks. Allergic reaction is a major cause for concern and many collagen fillers are contraindicated for anyone who has suffered anaphylactic shock in the past. Some people have reported concerns about the provenance of a given collagen filler.