Cosmetic Surgery Blog: Is a Collagen Filler for you?

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Our skin is one often times one of our assets when it comes to beauty. A healthy skin always amounts to a younger-looking appearance. In young individuals, the skin is more elastic and resilient, thanks to a strong framework of proteins called collagen.

The collagen is responsible for keeping the skin intact and moisturized making it elastic. In older individuals, the skin tends to weaken with age and thus losing its elasticity. When this happens together with the effect of your facial expressions, the skin will sag, develop wrinkles and frown-lines will appear. If you ask, can moisturizers help? Yes it helps in a way by slowing down the rate of water loss from the skin. Water loss means less skin moisture thus contributing to the skin’s dry appearance. Know that moisturizers act only on the outside; it never goes inside to nourish the collagen. Wondering what would be the best way to solve this problem? It is through Collagen injection. Since moisturizers cannot undo the damage done onto the natural collagen of the skin, a Collagen injection is the best option. The injections revitalize the natural collagen of the skin thereby strengthening the structure and regaining the skin’s elasticity.

You must first consult us before having the procedure. You should discuss what your expected outcomes of the procedure are. With the consultation you can also know how many injections you will need since one injection will not suffice to rid all the frown-lines on your face. We will take your medical history and will discuss which Collagen filler is best for you.

Once it is decided which filler you will use, we will inject a very tiny amount of the filler into the outermost layer of your skin. This is called skin testing to know if you have any allergic reactions to the filler you are going use. You must observe the area for four weeks and inform us of any unusual reactions. Most do not develop reaction, so if you tested negative you can then have the injection.

The procedure is safe and simple. Before injection of collagen, we will first inject some local anesthesia to numb the area. Like most procedures, you should expect to develop slight bruising, tenderness, redness and puffiness on the injection site.

There are various collagen fillers that may be used depending on your case.

Fat from your thighs or abdomen may also be taken and used for injection. It is for permanent results and has no risk for reactions. This can also be implanted surgically.

Restylane is a popular collagen. It is a clear gel that has hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body. It has little chance of causing any reactions. The material is biodegradable, thus it would be reabsorbed into the body in about six months.

At the Pope Plastic Surgery, our patients’ health and beauty needs come first. We specialize in aesthetically enhancing procedures, such as Collagen injections. With more than 20 years of experience in Plastic Surgery your desired results will be achieved. Orlando also offers several other procedures like: face lift, eyelid lift, brow lift, and nose lift. For more information please visit ( to find out more about Pope Plastic Surgery.

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