Collagen Replacement Therapy

Collagen Replacement Therapy

Collagen Replacement Therapy

Collagen is a naturally occurring protein that acts as a supporting matrix to the skin, and it disappears as the skin ages, causing formation of wrinkles and general degeneration of skin. Originally introduced as a facial cream, collagen today, which is derived primarily from cowis skin, is injected under the surface of the skin to plump out facial wrinkles such as laugh lines and nose-to-mouth folds. The effects of collagen usually last for approximately three months. A skin test is required as some people are allergic to collagen. Side effects include redness, swelling, itching and bruising.

Hyaluronic Acid (Restylane)

A non-animal, injectable, hyaluronic acid, restylane gel is a naturally occurring substance found in the body which is designed to smooth away unwanted wrinkles and enhance lips. Restylane is injected into the designated area of skin in a quick 30 minute procedure. A skin test is not required usually. Results can last for up to six months and any side effects, including swelling and redness, generally disappear within two days.

Facial Peels

Deep chemical facial peels used to require a 2-3 day stay for the patient in hospital. However, there are new milder facial peels on the market that can be performed during lunchtime. These new "lunchtime peels" involve a 30-60 minute multi-stepped procedure of the application of mild doses of alphahydroxy acids (AHAs). Also known as fruit acids, which exfoliate and dissolve outer layers of the skin, these acids expose the newer skin below which is tighter and smoother.

Mild facial peels add a glow to dull, ageing skin, reduce the effects of uneven pigmentation and help repair fine lines and acne damage. Side effects include mild stinging and tingling sensations during application and redness which disappears within a few hours.

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