The Collagen Injection Procedure

The Collagen Injection Procedure

Collagen injections are typically performed in the doctor's office. They are most often performed without anesthesia, although the collagen filler itself contains lidocaine, which is a local anesthetic.

The careful selection of injection points is critical to the success of the treatment. The points of injection are "scored" by the doctor with a marking pencil. Your doctor may select numerous injection points for each location to be treated. Antiseptic is also applied. Your doctor will then decide on the correct amount of collagen to be used. The collagen filler is injected into the marked points beneath the skin.

You may experience some minimal discomfort from the needle injection. Depending upon the extent of treatment, the procedure can take 15 to 30 minutes. You can go home shortly after the procedure.

Wrinkles or depress scars are significantly improved immediately following the procedure. In some cases, the treated area may initially appear to be overfilled. However, this will dissipate soon after to produce a more natural-looking appearance. Results are fully evident within one week. Collagen fillers do not necessarily result in 100 percent improvements, nor are the results permanent. Results may be unpredictable, lasting from two to three months.