Speaking about collagen injection complications it's necessary to mention first what collagen is and what collagen injections are made for.
Well, collagen is known as an abundant natural protein which can be found in the human body. Collagen provides structural support to all the human skin, bones, tendons and muscles. For example, in skin the collagen fibers are woven together and therefore provide shape, texture and resiliency to skin.
Collagen is considered to be one of the substances lost during the process of normal aging. The result is human skin's wrinkling and unattractive appearance. With the purpose of improving the skin condition, various collagen injections have been made since 1980s. Collagen injections are known to take less than an hour to perform. Such injections should be performed in the office setting and usually don't require any recovery time. A natural full condition can be achieved by using combination of fillers. The overall effect lasts about three to six months.
Nevertheless, people should be aware of all the possible collagen injection complications. One of the main risks and common collagen injection complications is allergic collagen reaction.
Why it happens? A considerable number of collagen products are known to be from animals and therefore require special allergy testing before use.
Thus, collagen is a large part of dermis and nowadays is used as dermal filler to fill lines, scars, wrinkles. To fill lines, wrinkles and scars a small needle is used. Pain control during the injection can be provided by topical or local anesthetics. If collagen injections are made on lips medical experts advice to have nerve block, because the mentioned injections are considered to be the particularly painful.
Speaking about collagen injections, it's impossible not to mention that there are several types of collagen. The most common ones are Zyderm and Zyplast which are made from the purified cow skin and have been known around since the early 1980s. Unfortunately, both can cause allergic collagen reactions. Zyderm and Zyplast are known to be used to fill wrinkles, lines and scars on the face. The results of the procedure are immediate and can last about six months (depending on the treated area).
It's worthy admitting that collagen has recently been approved by the FDA for cosmetic use. Cosmoplast and Cosmoderm are considered to be one of the collagen types which are derived from the human's tissue and grown in the laboratory. Because the mentioned collagen types are made from human tissue no allergy to them has been reported.
However, other collagen injection complications are possible. For example, such common surgery risks include skin infection, ulceration, and bruising. To deal promptly with the mentioned collagen injection complications both the doctor and the patient should be aware of the proper diagnosis and management necessity. It's really important for the medical expert to study carefully the health history of the patient and his or her reaction to different collagen types.