Collagen/Fat Injections

Procedure Plump up creased, furrowed, or sunken facial skin; add fullness to lips and backs of hands. Works best on thin, dry, light-colored skin.
Length 15 minutes to one hour per session.
Anesthesia
  • Collagen: usually none; local may be included with the injection.
  • Fat: local.
In/Outpatient Outpatient.
Side Effects Temporary stinging, throbbing ,or burning sensation; faint redness, swelling, excess fullness.
Risks
  • Collagen: allergic reaction including rash, hives, swelling, or flu-like symptoms;
  • Possible triggering of connective tissue or autoimmune diseases (A skin test is required before collagen treatment to determine whether an allergy exists).
  • Both: Contour irregularities, infection.
Duration of Results Variable; a few months to one year.