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Douglas A. Taranow, DO, FACOS

New York, NY


Posted February 28, 2013 in Injectable Fillers

The popularity of non-surgical aesthetic  procedures is greatly increasing, and cosmetic fillers (“dermal fillers”) are among the most commonly requested solutions for providing youthful, rejuvenated appearances. Currently, collagen is one of the most popular types of fillers on the market, as it helps to firm and plump skin that suffers from deep lines, wrinkles, and depressions.

Here are some frequently asked questions that Dr. Taranow commonly addresses:

What is collagen?

Collagen is a naturally occurring protein substance within the skin, and plays a key role in supporting its structure. Collagen is useful in helping to temporarily enhance your appearance by filling in scars and adding volume to areas of loose, drooping skin or thinning lips. Injecting collagen helps to supplement and replace the skin’s natural collagen supply.

How is the procedure performed?

The initial preparation involves determining the proper location for the injections, cleansing with an antibacterial agent, and numbing with a topical anesthetic. The actual injections usually take no more than a few minutes. Deep lines may require multiple injections to provide optimal results.

Will the injections hurt?

The topical anesthetic is designed to help minimize any discomfort during the procedure, although you may feel some slight pressure or mild discomfort. Icing the treated areas after the collagen injections can help relieve any minor pain that arises as the anesthetic wears off.

What are the side effects of collagen injections?

The most common side effects are temporary and mild, which may include slight bruising and pain around the injection site, as well as redness or bumpiness immediately after the treatment. These side effects usually resolve within hours or days. Allergic reactions, skin ulcerations, infection and tissue necrosis are rare, less likely side effects.

How long will the results last?

Collagen injections can make an impressive impact on your appearance, but the results are only temporary. In general, you can expect the noticeable results to last an average of three to six months. Because the injected collagen gradually wears down over time, maintaining your favorable appearance may mean scheduling maintenance injections about two to four times per year.

To find out if collagen injections are right for you, feel free to schedule a consultation with Dr. Taranow. He also offers Restylane® and Juvederm® cosmetic fillers.