Dermal Fillers Las Vegas
The effects of aging, sun exposure, facial muscle movements, smoking and the effects of gravity all contribute to the loss of a youthful face. Fine lines, wrinkles, crows feet and smile lines all “mask” the once youthful appearance of the face. The aging process can’t be completely avoided, but it can be reduced and concealed for a period of time. Soft-tissue fillers can fill in the lines and creases temporarily to restore a smoother, younger looking face.
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You will need to have two skin tests in a 1-month period (2-weeks apart), to determine if you are eligible for treatment with dermal fillers. Some patients may have an allergic reaction to dermal fillers, even with two normal skin tests. When an allergic reaction occurs, it consists of red, ugly, tender lumps which can ulcerate and cause permanent scars. Most of the time the lumps will slowly disappear over a period of months. Allergic reactions occur in approximately 2 out of 100 people who receive dermal fillers.
The Dermal Filler Treatment
Small amounts of the dermal fillers are injected directly into areas where the body’s own collagen has been weakened, thus raising the depressions to the level of the surrounding skin. In this way, lines and scars can be minimized, texture is improved, and the skin has a softer and more even tone.
Dermal filler results may not be readily apparent due to swelling or bruising of the recipient sites. You will be advised to avoid sun contact until the swelling and bruising are gone. You should wear a sun block or makeup with sun block in it following your procedure to help maintain its longevity.
Collagen is gradually absorbed, and its effects last only about two to three months, sometimes less.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is collagen?
Collagen is a natural protein that nature uses as a building block. It is found throughout the body — in the skin, muscle, tendons and bones — providing texture, resilience and shape.
Collagen in human skin is very similar to collagen found in certain animals. Animal collagen has been used in sutures for over a century. Heart valves used during surgery are made of collagen.
Injectable collagen was first used to treat patients in 1976. The collagen has been purified so thoroughly that it can be used to replace lost skin tissue and to fill in depressions and wrinkles.
2. For which uses is Collagen Replacement Therapy recommended?
Collagen Corporation began marketing its Zyderm I Collagen in 1981 for correction of facial contour deformities, including scars and wrinkles. The product line was extended in 1983 to include Zyderm II Collagen and again in 1985 with Zyplast Collagen.
3. Is injectable collagen recommended for lip treatments?
Injectable Collagen is used around the edge of the lips for smoothing vertical lines above the upper lip, often referred to as “smoker’s lines.” Collagen is also used to replenish the natural border of the lip which gradually wears away with age. Collagen treatments directly into the lip are not a recommended use for injectable collagen.
4. How safe is Collagen Replacement Therapy?
Collagen Replacement Therapy has been clinically proven safe for treatment of facial wrinkles, scars and contour deformities. However, it, like all medical procedures, carries risk. Before injectable collagen came on the market in 1981, clinical trials over two years involving more than 5,000 patients were conducted. Since then, more than 750,000 people in 28 countries have been treated with collagen injections, including more than 500,000 in North America.
Injectable collagen has been extensively researched by physicians and scientists, with more than 200 scientific papers published concerning product safety, technique, usage and effectiveness.