As we age we lose volume to our face, which is caused by the loss of our fat pads in our face, in particular the cheeks, temple region and around the mouth. This loss of volume is what causes the skin to sag, and to lose it’s structure, resulting in a loss of confidence, and leaving us feeling like we look older than we really are.
A collagen stimulator might be your answer. It works differently to your traditional dermal fillers. It is a collagen replenishing treatment that helps to gradually and subtly reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and folds, by stimulating the growth of your own collagen, adding volume where it has been lost. The results are very natural looking, and can last for up to 3 ½ years.
A collagen stimulator is an injectable substance called Poly L Lactic acid which is injected deep into the dermis or subcutaneous layer where collagen has been lost. The Poly L Lactic acid acts as an irritant, which in turn stimulates the growth of your own collagen. Depending on the age of the patient, and the extent of volume loss, we generally find that the majority of our patients require 2-3 treatments.
Immediately after the treatment you will see visible results, but this will subside over the course of a few days. After a few weeks you will start to see gradual changes in your face as the collagen grows. The most dramatic improvement will be seen approximately 8 weeks after your treatment, but you will continue to gradually produce collagen for up to 6 months after each treatment. When we inject the collagen stimulator, we inject to the end point, meaning how you should look as far as volume restoration, at the end of the collagen growth cycle.
There is some very important after care involved when using a collagen stimulator. You must massage the injected areas for 4 weeks post treatment, to avoid formation of nodules. We wouldn’t recommend the use of a collagen stimulator to a patient who isn’t prepared to follow the after care instructions.
Collagen stimulators can be used to treat most areas of the face including the lines between your nose and mouth (nasolabial folds), lines around the corners of your mouth (marionette lines), wrinkles in the cheeks and chin, sunken cheeks, recessed temple region and jowls.
Collagen stimulators offer a discreet restoration to your face,that is cost effective, and lasts for years.