A collagen injection is a cosmetic procedure that can soften some signs of aging on your face. As you get older, your face begins to lose some of its fullness and wrinkles usually appear. How your face ages depends on many factors including your genes, whether you smoke, sleep positions, and how much UV light exposure you’ve had. UV or ultraviolet light comes from the sun or tanning beds/lamps.

Although everyone's face may age a little differently, it’s normal to lose some of the skin’s fullness when the skin protein called collagen breaks down. A collagen injection puts collagen directly into lines and wrinkles. This will plump them up and give you a more youthful look.

Human collagen or animal collagen may be used. The results of these injections may last up to four months. Newer products for cosmetic injection are being developed that may last longer.

Why might i need a collagen injection?

You may choose to get collagen injections to help:

  • Make your lips fuller
  • Fill in hollow cheeks
  • Fill in facial wrinkles
  • Fill in facial creases
  • Fill in some types of scars, such as acne scars

What are the risks of a collagen injection?

Collagen injections are quite safe, but all medical procedures carry some risk. The most common risk is an allergic reaction to the collagen. Your doctor may give you a pre-treatment test injection first—especially if you are going to get collagen made from animal sources. Other risks include:

  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Rash
  • Redness
  • Infection
  • Itching
  • Temporary facial muscle weakness
  • Overfilled or lumpy areas

There may be more risks if you have other medical conditions. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your doctor before the procedure.

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