Collagen Injection -- Wrinkle Filler
(Soft Tissue Filler; Injectable Filler)
Reasons for Procedure
- Fill wrinkle lines
- Plump lips
- Improve the appearance of scars by plumping and smoothing skin
- Allergic reaction
- Bumps, clumping, or abscesses on the skin
- Uneven skin appearance
- Skin rash, itchiness
- Bleeding, bruising, or swelling
- Damage to tissue and nerves near the injection site
- Taking blood-thinning medications
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Examine, measure, and take pictures of your face
- Discuss known allergies
- Discuss medications, supplements, and skin products you are using
- Test your skin for allergies
- Discuss risks and benefits of the procedure
- Sign an informed consent form
- Be advised to avoid aspirin and other blood-thinning medications
- Remove all makeup
Description of the Procedure
- Serial puncture technique—A series of small punctures will be made with the needle along the targeted area. Small amounts of collagen will be inserted at each puncture point.
- Linear threading or fanning technique—The needle will be inserted into the full length of the targeted area. The collagen will be injected slowly as the needle is removed or inserted.
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
- Cleanse your face
- Apply ice and/or a soothing ointment
- You may put on makeup without touching the affected area.
- Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions.
Call Your Doctor
- Increased pain, redness, bleeding, discharge, or swelling
- Rash or hives
- Uneven skin appearance
- Any other concerns
American Academy of Dermatology http://www.aad.org
American Society of Plastic Surgeons http://www.plasticsurgery.org
Canadian Dermatology Association http://www.dermatology.ca
Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons http://www.plasticsurgery.ca
Dermal fillers. American Society of Plastic Surgeons website. Available at: http://www.plasticsurgery.org/Patients%5Fand%5FConsumers/Procedures/Cosmetic%5FProcedures/Injectable%5FFillers.html. Accessed September 12, 2014.
Fillers. American Society of Dermatology website. Available at: http://www.aad.org/public/publications/pamphlets/cosmetic%5Fsofttissue.html. Updated August 18, 2010. Accessed September 12, 2014.
Filler materials and general injection technique. In: Bolognia JL, Jorizzo JL, Rapini RP, eds. Dermatology. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby Elsevier; 2008: chap 158.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 08/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/12/2014 -