Collagen is a protein that naturally occurs in the body. It helps support the structures of the skin and ultimately affects the texture and overall appearance of your complexion. Unfortunately, collagen gradually breaks down as you age, causing the skin to lose its elasticity. As a result, you may begin to notice your skin sagging and creases developing. To address these common concerns, our team at Virginia Eye Consultants offers different cosmetic treatments for facial rejuvenation, including collagen injections.
Similar to fillers like RADIESSE® and Restylane®, collagen injections have become a popular solution among aesthetic professionals. When carefully injected into the skin, the collagen can effectively smooth facial wrinkles, lines, and scars for a more even skin texture. For the past 25 years, purified bovine collagen has been successfully used for this cosmetic purpose. These materials come in various thickness levels to provide a more customized treatment, allowing you to achieve the most natural-looking results.
What to Expect During the Collagen Injections Procedure
Before your treatment begins, you can choose to receive a local anesthetic to minimize any discomfort throughout the process. Using a fine needle, the collagen material is then administered into different points around the target area. The amount of collagen will be tailored based on the depth of your skin depressions.
You can begin to see the plumping effect immediately following your treatment, though it may take about a week for you to see the extent of your results. While there is little to no downtime, you may develop slight redness, bruising, or swelling, but this should fade within the first day or two. Patients can typically resume normal activities without delay. The longevity of collagen injections varies from patient to patient, but most people maintain their results for about three months. Should you be interested, touch-up treatments can be performed later on to prolong your outcome.
Contact Virginia Eye Consultants
If you have any questions regarding collagen injections, or would like to set up an appointment at our practice, please feel free to contact us.