J. Brandt, the father of the world’s collagen believe that the broken down and loss of collagen is the main cause of skin aging. Because of the physiological difference in men and women (e.g. menstruation and fertility), collagen loss in women is 2.5 times of men.
Collagen is the main component of our skin (72% of skin and 80% of dermis). Collagen locks moisture in skin and maintains skin’s elasticity. The aging of collagen starts from 20 and becomes serious from 25. When you are 40, less than 50% of collage is left in your skin.
The loss of collagen leads to skin aging (wrinkles, dryness, roughness, looseness, large pores, pigments, etc) and joint pain.
What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are Collagen based, Hyaluronic based or other natural and man-made and synthetic substances that are injected into skin for beauty purposes. Dermal fillers are commonly used to reduce wrinkles, correct scars and other depressions in the skin.
Common areas for Dermal fillers include eyes, forehead, lips, nose, cheeks and folds. Dermal fillers come in different thicknesses. Thicker dermal fillers are for injection into deeper dermal layer.
Effect of Dermal Fillers
The effect of dermal fillers is non-permanent and it last for more than 6 months (depending on area of injection and number of syringes injected per session.
How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?
Lips: 6 to 12 months
Nasolabial folds: 6 to 18 months
Nose: 6 to 18 months
Cheeks: 6 to 18 months
Vertical upper lip lines and other fine lines on face: 6 months
Chin: 6 to 18 months
Brows: 12 to 18 months
Tear troughs: 12 to 24 months
Frown lines: 6 to 12 months
The procedure is quick, often just 30 minutes or less. Dermal fillers are injected into the skin with a very fine needle. The area to be injected is numbed with a topical aesthetic.
Dermal Fillers Side Effects
Many people experience no pain at all and minimum side effects. Collagen no risks to human safety. There are usually some temporary side effects post-treatment, including redness, swelling, asymmetry and bruising. Such redness may be minimized by makeup.
Dermal Fillers Cost
$400 to $1500 (average $900)
The cost of dermal fillers depends on the amount injected and the number of syringes injected per session.
Difference between Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid
The biggest difference of collagen and Hyaluronic Acid injection lies at their lasting time. Collagen injection provides a longer effect, which may last for up to 12 to 18 months. The effect of Hyaluroinc Acid lasts for around 9 months.
The other main difference is the source of injectable fillers. The most common form of collagen is derived from cow’s skin (Bovine collagen). Such collagen may cause allergies in human body.