Facial lines and wrinkles are a result of the wearing down of the natural collagen support layer that lies just beneath your skin. Creams can moisturize or exfoliate the surface of your skin, but they cannot diminish the lines or wrinkles that are caused by the deterioration of the underlying support layer. Collagen replacement therapy is a safe, non-surgical treatment that smoothes out facial lines, wrinkles, and scars by replenishing the natural collagen support layer under your skin. The results can be seen immediately.
What is collagen?
Just beneath the outer layer, or epidermis, of your skin is the dermis, which is composed primarily of the protein collagen. Collagen forms a network of fibers that provides a framework for the growth of cells and blood vessels. As the primary component of the dermis, collagen serves as the support structure for your skin.
When your skin is young, the collagen framework is intact and keeps your skin elastic. Over time, the collagen framework weakens and your skin loses elasticity. Older skin is less resilient, so the facial lines that appear with a smile or frown do not disappear when you stop smiling or frowning.
Are creams containing collagen enough to smooth out lines?
Creams can temporarily diminish the harshness of facial lines or wrinkles, but they only work on the surface. They do not penetrate the skin to cure the underlying cause of lines or wrinkles. However, creams can help you keep your skin supple by slowing the rate of water loss from the surface of the skin.
How does Collagen Replacement Therapy work?
Collagen replacement therapy replenishes the skin’s natural collagen support layer, smoothing facial lines and most types of scars. Collagen implants are injected just beneath the skin’s surface, where the body accepts them as its own. Collagen replacement therapy produces an immediately noticeable difference in the appearance of your skin.
What can I expect with Collagen Replacement Therapy?
Collagen replacement therapy is a proven, non-surgical treatment that is simple enough to be completed during your lunch hour. Our doctors will go over with you your medical history, the risks and benefits of treatment, and the specific areas you want treated. Collagen replacement therapy may not be suitable for certain lines and scars, or in the presence of certain medical conditions. For most people, it is a safe, convenient and immediate way to treat lines and wrinkles.
Just like natural collagen, injectable collagen loses its form and wears down. Consistent treatments are required to preserve the improvements obtained with collagen replacement therapy.
What are the risks of Collagen Replacement Therapy?
Collagen replacement therapy is not for everyone. Since all collagen currently available is of bovine origin, some patients may experience allergic reactions. We require that all patients receiving collagen injections undergo a collagen test six weeks prior to injection. New synthetic collagen is being developed that will provide all of the advantages of collagen without the risk of allergic reaction.