Injectable Fillers to Improve Skin Texture
Soft-tissue injectable fillers such as collagen or fat are healthcare options used to temporarily restore and improve facial skin texture. With age, our faces sag and develop lines, creases, scars, and depressions due to underlying tissue breakdown and gravitational effects. Deep folds and severe surface wrinkles cannot be treated by injectable fillers alone, but injectable fillers can be used along with other healthcare options such as resurfacing or face lifts for improved results.
Injectable Filler Procedure Awareness and Preparedness
Each of these fillers is associated with a set of complications and risks, though rare and minor. Common risks associated with injectable collagen are allergic reactions, redness, itching, swelling, infection, and scaring. Injectable fat may cause infection.
In addition to injectable collagen and fat, there are other fillers such as Fibril and Grotex, which also pose minor risks. The longevity and nature of results depends on age, genetic make-up, lifestyle, and skin quality. Cosmetic surgery is a better option for long-lasting results. Evaluation of the facial skin, muscles, underlying bone, medical history, drug allergies, anatomy, lifestyle, and the patient’s cosmetic requirements by a surgeon specializing in this type of healthcare are essential before the filler treatment proceeds. The surgeon will then decide on the type of anesthesia to be used – local or total. Collagen injections are not to be used for pregnant women and those allergic to beef bovine products.
Injectable Filler Treatment Options
Collagen is a naturally occurring protein in the body. Injectable collagen, patented by the Collagen Corporation, is derived from purified bovine collagen. It received approval from the Food and Drug Administration in 1981. After a skin allergy test, collagen is injected using a fine needle inserted at several points along the edge of the treatment site. Fat-injection procedure is known as autologous fat transplantation or microlipoinjection, during which fat is withdrawn using a syringe with a large-bore needle or a cannula. This is then prepared and injected into the treatment site by needle.