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Bovine Collagen Injections

Bovine collagen injections are administered in a non-surgical cosmetic technique performed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, acne scars, traumatic scars, photoaging, and gravitational rhytides. The FDA first approved bovine collagen injections in 1982 and are the most common filler products used in skin and soft tissue augmentation. Prior to this technological development, the two options for treating these skin problems were dermabrasion and scar excision. Bovine collagen injections are a less invasive method of treating skin imperfections.

Bovine collagen injections are made from extracted cow skin, which is purified, sterilized and processed into a liquid form before being used for cosmetic purposes. There are alternative filling materials that can be used to the same end as bovine collagen injections, including those made from human tissues. Bovine collagen injections are less expensive, generally running between $300 and $800 per session, and are just as effective as the alternatives. Bovine collagen injections results typically last between six weeks to a year (depending on the type of injection used) and provide a drastic improvement to the appearance of skin imperfections.

As with most medical procedures, there are some risks and benefits associated with bovine collagen injections. Some of the possible risks associated with bovine collagen injections include possible allergic reactions, connective tissue disorders (i.e. arthritis, lupus), and the transient nature of the procedure. Patients who are allergic to bovine or lidocaine may not be good candidates for bovine collagen injections. Allergic symptoms can include shortness of breath, low blood pressure, chest pain, and skin reactions. Women who are pregnant are also advised against bovine collagen injections. Other possible side effects from bovine collagen injections include bacterial infection, and swelling, tenderness, redness and discomfort in the treatment area following the procedure.

Bovine collagen injections have been on the market for a long time and are generally considered the standard against which alternatives are measured. The bovine collagen injections procedure is performed in a medical setting by a cosmetic surgeon and takes 20 to 60 minutes to complete. Before the procedure is done, a surgeon will use a variety of factors and precautionary measures to ensure that bovine collagen injections are a safe and appropriate treatment method for the patient.

Because collagen is a protein that breaks down naturally in the body, bovine collagen injections are not permanent. The effects of bovine collagen injections can vary depending on the type of injection filler material used. Zyderm I is used to treat more superficial scars, while Zyderm II can treat deeper scars and those with a greater surface area. Zyplast can be used for longer and deeper scars and imperfections. Bovine collagen injections are easy simple procedures that can greatly improve the appearance of skin flaws. If you would like to learn more about bovine collagen injections, please contact us to confer with a qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeon in your area.