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The goal of collagen injections

Collagen is the body’s most plentiful protein — up to a certain point. As we age, our body stops producing as much of it, which is why we begin looking older. Collagen is what keeps the skin looking elastic, plump, and youthful, which is why collagen injections are so effective. Collagen has the ability to soften wrinkles, volumize skin depressions, and decrease the appearance of scars.

How are collagen injections used?

Typically, collagen is injected into areas that don’t require invasive methods. These injections may also be used in tandem with a recontouring procedure or a laser treatment to deliver optimal results. Although collagen injections are usually successful in treating deep folds of the skin, they may not be effective for vertical “lipstick lines” in the area around the mouth.

The collagen injection procedure

An anesthetic is not typically necessary during collagen injections, as lidocaine is included in the collagen solution. Dr. Maercks will inject collagen at several points along the treatment site. Patients usually report a minor stinging sensation but remain mostly comfortable throughout treatment. The area may be overfilled, as saltwater is contained in the injection, but the body will absorb part of this. When it comes to collagen injections, the main risk for patients is an allergic reaction to the medication. In order to avoid this risk, Dr. Maercks will perform an allergy skin test on each patient before administering the injections. 

Downtime and results

Redness or swelling may occur at the treatment site. If this happens, it should fade within several days. This treatment requires no bandaging, and patients are able to return to their daily activities almost immediately. Results often vary based on the muscle movement of the patient, and most results last between 3 to 6 months. 

Who is a good candidate for collagen injections?

If you’re looking for a collagen specialist in Miami because you’re interested in collagen injections, it may be the ideal treatment for your needs. Those who are the best candidates for this treatment are those who:

  • Dislike the moderate signs of age on their face
  • Are between the ages of 35 and 60
  • Have skin that is flexible enough for treatment
  • Are non-smokers in good overall health
  • Have realistic goals for what collagen can do

Dr. Rian Maercks: Collagen specialist in Miami

Collagen injections are ideal for individuals who want younger, fuller skin, but who don’t have the time for recovery that’s required for more invasive procedures. Although all treatments involve a certain amount of risk, Dr. Maercks is proud of his reputation as a plastic surgeon who puts patient care and safety above all else, and who creates individualized treatment plans for every patient. If you’re seeking a collagen specialist in Miami, Dr. Maercks is the optimal choice. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is well respected worldwide for his innovative approaches to both surgical and non-surgical aesthetic interventions of the face and body. At The Maercks Institute, his attention to detail, artistic vision, and experienced judgement are used to develop customized treatment plans for each unique patient. To schedule a consultation, contact our office

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FAQ

What exactly is collagen?

Collagen is a naturally-occurring protein within the body. Everyone is born with it, and its purpose is to hold our skin together. Although collagen is made by our body organically, as the years go by, this production slows down greatly, and it becomes obvious in our appearance because the skin becomes looser and more wrinkled. Collagen injections replenish our supply, making the skin firm and plumper.

Are there any risks involved with collagen injections?

Risks and side effects from collagen injections are rare, especially because Dr. Maercks will be performing an allergy test before treatment. However, it’s important to be aware of the possibilities, which include: 

  • Having an allergic reaction 
  • Itchy skin
  • Infection
  • Bleeding, bruising, or swelling at the injection site
  • Bumps, clumping, or abscesses of the skin
  • Uneven skin appearance
  • Damage to tissue and nerves 

How many collagen injections will I need?

Collagen injections, just like natural collagen, will begin break down and become weak over time. Because of this, you may need collagen injections 2 to 4 times a year to maintain results. Every patient is different, and during your consultation, Dr. Maercks can give you a better idea of how many you may need after looking at your skin quality and the severity of your areas of concern.

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