Facial Volumisers & Collagen Stimulants Brisbane
Collagen Bio-Stimulators Injections
Injectable collagen stimulation injections have been available since early 2000s. However this type of rejuvenating injections are often under-representated in social media.
Overtime we see too many patients’ faces over-filled using temporary dermal fillers. Temporary dermal fillers are water binding gels that occupy space in the face until the filler materials breakdown over 6-12 months.
Traditional anti-wrinkles and dermal fillers do not improve the quality of the skin. In fact after mid 20s, we lose about 1% of collagen per year from our face, causing our skin to be thinner as we age. After menopause we lose even more collagen both in our skin and our bones.
Collagen stimulators, on the other hand, has a bio-stimulatory effect, and most patients who use collagen bio-stimulators notice an improvement in the quality of their skin as well as gradual volume over time. Results from collagen bio-stimulation injections last longer than traditional gel dermal fillers.
There are a few types of collagen bio-stimulator in the Australian market and each have their unique benefits and disadvantages. Our doctors will discuss the possible benefits of some of these bio-stimulators as well risks during and post injections.
It is also important to know how to incorporate bio-stimulators as part of your rejuvenation journey, when combined with other treatments such as Lasers, traditional dermal fillers and other energy based devices.
You will need a thorough consultation, treatment planning and informed consent prior to collagen Biostimulator treatments.
You may also need to have a few months interval between your last dermal filler injection and collagen biostimulator treatments.
Injectable Bio-stimulators are prescription only medicines in Australia and a doctor’s consultation is essential.
Improvements in volume occur gradually over a few months and provides natural looking result. For some types of collagen stimulators, a few treatments may be required.
Once your skin forms its own collagen, it takes longer for this collagen to breakdown.
Hence, results may last 12-24 months, longer than many temporary dermal fillers.
For patients who have lost a lot of volume in their face and likely to require lots of dermal fillers, or patients who “burn” through their temporary fillers quickly, biostimulators may work out cheaper in the long run.
As collagen remodelling and collagen contraction occur overtime, most patients will also notice “firmness” in the skin that is rarely achievable using traditional temporary gel fillers.
Patients often report improvements in the quality and texture of their skin in treated areas.
Collagen Biostimulators are useful for reducing temporal hollowness, firming lateral cheek, lateral jaw including pre-auricular region, jowls, chin and neck.
Higher upfront cost (when compared to traditional temporary dermal fillers) and for some biostimulators, a few treatments are required.
Results are not immediate, as collagen production takes time, the improvements occur over a few months.
Collagen Biostimulators are not suitable for lips and the thin skin around the eye (periorbital) region as there is a small risk of nodules.
Some patients with active autoimmune disorders may not be suitable for bio-stimulator injections. Dr Janet does treat patients with autoimmune disorder, but only when the disease is stable.
Other treatment risks are similar to dermal fillers includes pain, bruising, swelling, foreign body reaction, lumpiness, and vascular occlusion.
Pre & Post Collagen Biostimulation
Actual patient of Dr Janet after collagen biostimulation treatment
Side effects are similar to Dermal Fillers and rarely include formation of subcutaneous nodules. Hence it is not suitable to be used around fragile areas with thin skin, such as around the eyes and forehead and not a suitable product for lips. Please discuss with doctor the potential side effects of the various types of filler materials used. Only highly skilled doctors perform injections in our clinic.
Apart from this Biostimulators, doctors in our clinic also use other types of Fillers of varying longevity. The choice of fillers used depends on the areas to be treated, expectations and duration of action as desired by the patient. The benefits, improvements that can be achieved, costs, side effects and potential complications vary between different types of fillers and hence it is important that these be discussed prior to treatments.