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Collagen: Treatment For a Young Looking and Plump Skin

Aug 17, 2007
Collagen is such an important part of our skin. Collagen is a Greek word that means glue producing and another term for it is connective tissue.

Collagen acts as scaffolding for our body. It helps control shapes and differentiation of cells.

Collagen also helps regenerate broken bones and heals wounds. Vitamin C helps produce this important tissue in our skin.

Seventy-five percent of our skin is collagen. However, as we age, our face looses this as an effect of gravity, sun exposure and many years of facial movements such as smiling, chewing and squinting. Vitamin C in whatever amount may not be sufficient to replace the lost elasticity of the skin.

Facial movements cause's tissues under the skin to breakdown, it thus lost its elasticity, and collagen tissue breakdown means wrinkling. And because the skin breakdown happens in your face, laugh lines, smile lines, crow's feet and facial creases appear and this strips you of your youthful looking and plump skin.

Your age will now show in your face, which is of course, what most women dread.

I may need to mention as well that wrinkling does not happen to older people only; it may happen to any one at any age. Even for those young girls who are successful in loosing weight may see fine lines in their face due to sunken cheeks. This is especially so for those who lost so much weight so easily.

However, do not despair, modern science have a cure for this, filler injectables using collagen or fat.

This filler injectables help to improve your facial appearance by filling the facial wrinkles, creases and furrows. Collagen injectables also fill tissue under sunken cheeks, skin depression and some types of scar. Is it not wonderful to look youthful and plump cheeked again?

You may need to know that medical experts say that for severe wrinkles such as lipstick lines that form around the mouth and of course, for those who really are older, filler injectables might not be enough. For this case, your plastic surgeon or dermatologist may need to recommend that you under go skin resurfacing procedure if you want to get rid of this severe wrinkles.

However, if your problem is just fine lines and sunken checks, filler injectable treatment might be enough for your need. Take advantage of collagen treatment because it heals faster than any other procedure.

Whether your problem needs filler injectables or skin resurfacing such as chemical peel or skin dermabrasion, your plastic surgeon may be the best person to give you the recommendation.

If finally your plastic surgeon recommends collagen treatment, then he will check you for allergic reaction on the collagen substance. This is because allergic reaction to the collagen substance is the common problem of patients who wants to undergo skin repair using filler injectables.

If your surgeon will find you allergic to the collagen injectable, he may opt to recommend fat injectable instead.

Fat injectable is not prone to allergy because the fat will come from your own body.

However, in most cases in a fat injection procedure, healing is slower than that of collagen injectable.

Finally, you may need to know that filler injectables do not last for very long time. In most cases, the good effect of filler injectable only lasts for three to six month. In rare cases and good post-operative care, the good effect might last for a year.

You may need to ask your doctor for the best care to extend the good effect of collagen treatment if you want that youthful and plump face without the dreaded wrinkles.
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James Monahan is the owner and Senior Editor of
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