COLLAGEN

What is collagen?
is a substance found in your skin, muscles, tendons and bones. It is the substance that supports your skin. Collagen injections simply replace the body's natural collagen that disappears over time.

Collagen in people is similar to that found in animals. The collagen from animals has been used for many years for medical reasons. The collagen used during treatment is made from cow skin that has been purified and has been used in over one million people around the world.

Where can I have collagen injections?

  " Smile lines: The lines running from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth.
  " Frown lines: The area between the eyebrows
  " Smoker's lines: The vertical lines across the top lip
  " Crows feet: The lines at the outside corners of the eyes
  " Worry lines: The lines across the forehead.
  " Marionette lines: The lines at the corners of the mouth.

How long does collagen treatment last?
Like the collagen found naturally in your body, injected collagen will break down and be taken up by the body. Generally, initial treatment will last 4-6 months.

To maintain the correction achieved from your initial treatment you may choose to have follow-up treatments. The length of time between follow-up treatments varies from person to person. You can arrange your follow-up treatment when you notice your lines returning. If you choose not to have follow-up treatments, your skin will return to its previous position over time. Follow-up treatments generally require less collagen to maintain correction.

What is the first step to having treatment?
Firstly you will be assessed for suitability for treatment as collagen is not suitable for everyone. If you then decide to proceed with treatment you will be give a "test dose" of collagen into the skin of your forearm. You may require two test doses before treatment can commence. Treatment is commenced four weeks after your last test dose.

How long does the treatment take?
Treatment usually takes approximately 30 minutes, dependent upon the number of areas to be treated.

Is it painful?
Most patients report that treatment was slightly uncomfortable. A local anaesthetic is added to the collagen to keep discomfort to a minimum.

Can I return to work immediately?
Straight after treatment the skin over the treated area may look slightly raised and a little reddened. The area can be covered with oil-free make-up. The raised area will become flatter over the following 24 hours and normal colour should return quickly. The amount of settling, and how long it takes, will vary from person to person.

Are there any risks?
Infection: As with any injection into the skin, treatment has a small risk of infection.

Herpes: Some people with a history of cold sores at the implant sites have reported an outbreak after treatment. The outbreaks healed without any more reports of problems.

Skin reaction: Even though you may not have a reaction to the test dose, sensitivity may occur at a later stage during treatment. It is very important to report any reaction to the test dose and this could lead to more serious side effects later

Pregnancy: The safety of collagen injections during pregnancy and breast feeding is not known.

Bruising: People taking taking medicines that affect the clotting of blood, eg. aspirin over a long period of time, may experience bruising or bleeding near the treated area.

General Information
Should there be any questions regarding this treatment, be sure they are answered in advance by Dr Drielsma. Well meaning friends are not a good source of information. Find out everything before the treatment - a well informed patient is a happy one.

Finally, there can be no absolute guarantee with any procedure. Remember, the realistic aim of treatment is improvement, not perfection.

Please note: The above information mentions only some of the benefits and complications of collagen treatment. This information should not be regarded as a substitute for information and advice provided by Dr Drielsma during consultation.