Most people who are at all familiar with the aesthetic industry know about dermal fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, Voluma, and Sculptra. They donâ€™t know much about using collagen as a dermal filler, but collagen is another good option for rejuvenating aging, sun-damaged skin.
How do collagen fillers work?
Collagen is the main structural protein in animal connective tissue; itâ€™s not just under human skin. In the dermis, the skinâ€™s layer under the epidermis, collagen is the support structure for the epidermis above. Collagen is what supports and gives structure to the dermis, where the blood capillaries, nerve endings, sweat glands, hair follicles, and other structures of the skin are found.
When used as a dermal filler injected into the dermis, the added collagen performs the same function as it would if found there naturally. It augments the structure/support of the epidermis from below, smoothing out wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging. Plus, lidocaine is mixed with the collagen to make the injections less painful, and to minimize any bruising.
Where does the collagen come from?
Collagen dermal fillers are synthesized from the natural protein in human skin and from animal sources, as well. Collagen fillers derived from human skin are proving to be safe and highly effective in age-management procedures. When using those derived from animal sources, we conduct two skin tests at six weeks and four weeks out to make sure the patient doesnâ€™t have an allergic reaction.
Really, the only disadvantage to using collagen versus other dermal fillers is the possibility of allergic reaction. But once tested to be sure there isnâ€™t an allergic reaction, Dr. Ip has found collagen to be very effective.
Interested in addressing that aging skin? Call our Newport Beach or Manhattan offices and letâ€™s discuss your options.