Collagen was one of the first and major substances to be used in treating wrinkles. It started in 1976 and it is still in use up to this time. Collagen is still considered as a popular treatment because of its texture and elasticity. Collagen is also popular and widely used by plastic surgeons because they are inexpensive compared to other wrinkle treatments. Collagen injections are also low when it comes to complications. Despite this, it still pays to establish the side effects of collagen injections.
Tip #1: Know why side effects take place.
This kind of treatment rarely causes serious side effects, except for people who are allergic to collagen. But the doctors prevent this occurrence by testing the patience for any allergic reactions. They perform a skin rash test prior to the application. The doctors can determine if the patient is allergic to the substance if reddening or peeling of the skin appears. Itchiness in the area where the skin rash is performed is also common. These symptoms often disappear after a period of several weeks.
Tip #2: Know about the risk of infection.
Foreign substances are being injected into the body, that’s why the risk of infection is always a possibility. In the case of a collagen treatment, infection can only occur when it is improperly conducted on the puncture site or from applying creams or other products on the injected area too soon after the application. Doctor’s advice is to wait at least 24 hours before applying any creams on the area. Infections should be treated immediately because this could lead to more serious problems such as scarring of the skin that will further damage the looks of a person.
Tip #3: Know about pain and swelling.
Pain and swelling are also the most common disadvantage of collagen treatment. This is so common especially the first time the injections are applied. But this usually goes away as the skin gets used to the prick of needles. For most cases, the pain will only last for a few hours and should start going down soon after the application. If the pain worsens or if the swelling seems to increase, this is already an indication that infection is taking place. This requires immediate attention from the doctor.
Tip #4: Know why collagen injections may cause puncture.
The puncture marks will also be visible for some time, especially if the collagen is applied over a large surface. The puncture marks resemble an insect bite and will become invisible once the swelling has stopped. Doctors may also recommend you to use ice or anti-inflammatory to avoid the risk of infection, especially if lumpiness occurs around the injection site.
Tip #5: Know the eventualities of scarring and abscesses.
Only a few people may experience scarring after the collagen treatment. Usually, this is one of the safest treatments for wrinkles that you can rely upon. Scarring is most likely to happen to people with lighter skin shade and those who are sensitive to invasive procedures like this. Although abscesses are also possible, this condition rarely occurs. The doctors will usually ask their patients to stay at the office for at least 30 minutes after the treatment to prevent the chance of having lumps and so that they could also monitor the look and feel of the skin after the application.
These are but some side effects of collagen injections. Now that you know why they take place, it will be easier for you to decide whether to undergo such a process or not.