As we age, our face begins to develop laugh lines, crow's feet, facial creases and sunken cheeks due to the effects of sunlight, gravity and facial movement.
The Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery offers injectable treatment options to help patients temporarily counteract the negative effects of aging and improve the appearance of a their facial skin texture.
Collagen (naturally occurring protein that provides support to the human skin, joints, bones and ligaments) is used to fill lines, wrinkles and scars on the face, and can sometimes be used for the chest, neck and back. Patients are required to take a skin test before they can receive collagen injections to make sure they are not allergic to it. The injection is usually made along the outer edges of the treatment site using a fine needle.
After receiving collagen treatment, patients may experience some minor discomfort and a stinging sensations. This is normal and should go away within a couple of days.
Restylane® is a natural cosmetic filler used to treat and correct wrinkles, enhance lips, correct lines around the eyes and mouth, and shape facial contours in the cheeks and chin to correct deep skin folds. The fat-injection procedure involves extracting fat cells from the patient's abdomen, thighs or buttocks and re-injecting them under the skin on the face. The fat cells are extracted using a syringe that has a large hollow needle attached to a suction device.
Both injected collagen and Restylane provide temporary results, anywhere from six to 12 months. Complications that can occur include hematoma (collection of blood under the skin), infection and facial nerve injury. Surgeons either prescribe medication or use other measures to ease these complications.