Over the years, we start to feel the effects of sun exposure and of gravity on our faces. Add decades of making facial expressions and the underlying tissues of the skin start to break down. This causes facial creases or crow’s feet on the face.
Collagen injections have become an important part of rejuvenating creases and restoring a smooth facial appearance. An injection is performed to revitalize sunken areas of one’s face, lips and/or cheeks. The lower portion of your face can be improved and look more defined with the treatment of a collagen injection at our Portland plastic surgery office.
Collagen is a naturally occurring protein that provides support to the skin, joints, bones and ligaments. It is derived from various sources all of which have been approved for use by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There are three main sources of injectable collagen. The first is human: Cosmoderm and Cosmoplast. The second is a purified form of bovine origin: Zyderm and Zyplast. The final source is taken from pigs: Evolence.
Any healthy man or woman can get collagen. The procedure is simple and done quickly.
Collagen can be performed by itself or at the same time as another procedure such as a laser treatment or a facelift. A resurfacing type of procedure may be needed to deal with more severe surface wrinkles on the face. Dermabrasion or laser treatment can strip away the outer layers of the skin to produce a smoother appearance. A facelift or a brow lift deals with deep folds in the face or brow caused by loose skin.
Injectable collagen can help improve the skin's texture by filling in the laugh lines and facial creases that often occur with aging.
Risks involving collagen injection in Portland are very minor. Nevertheless, people have different allergic reaction so there is the possibility of abscesses, infection, lumpiness, open sores, scarring and skin peeling.
Pregnant women should avoid a collagen treatment. Other candidates who should not consider collagen are people who are allergic to lidocaine or beef/bovine products or who suffer from autoimmune diseases.
Years of squinting and other facial muscle movements can take their toll on the eye area, leaving crow's feet and other noticeable lines
After treatment, the skin around the eye area appears smoother and tauter.
There are some real benefits from getting collagen injections.
Lines and creases that form around the mouth are usually caused by gravity and a breakdown of tissues beneath the skin.
During your initial consultation with Dr. Bartholomew, you can discuss the benefits of a collagen injection. You can talk about how the results are not permanent as compared to a cosmetic surgery where the results are more long-lasting. How long the results will last depends on your age, genetic background and skin quality.
Facial rejuvenation is a personal issue. It is important to let Dr. Bartholomew know what are your hopes and expectations and if you’ve had any previous experience with surgical and non-surgical facial procedures in the past.
Dr. Bartholomew will examine your face, including your skin, muscles and underlying bone. He will select the best treatment option for you based on your goals and concerns. Dr. Bartholomew will also check for problems such as skin infections that could benefit from a collagen in Portland. A skin test may also be done to determine if you are allergic to the substance.
The lower face appears firmer and smoother after treatment with injectables. Lines around the mouth are filled in and nearly imperceptible.
Using a needle, the collagen is injected along the edge of the treatment areas. It only takes a few minutes and most people return to work within an hour. The targeted area may be overfilled because salt water gets absorbed by the body in the next few days.
With regular follow-up treatments, your refreshed look can be easily maintained.
There may be some discomfort immediately after your treatment. You might feel some throbbing sensation in the injected area. That is perfectly normal. As is any redness that may appear….it usually disappears within 24 hours. Some people, especially fair-skinned, may see this redness persist for more than a week. There is a chance there may be some scabs over the areas but those heal quickly.
The results from a collagen injection in Portland vary from one person to another. It depends on the person’s skin, health condition and lifestyle. Typically, collagen disappears faster in areas where there is a lot of muscle movement. You can talk to Dr. Bartholomew about additional treatments and how best to maintain your results. In the end, you will be surprised at what you will gain from a collagen treatment.