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Collagen Injection -- Wrinkle Filler

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by Neff DM

(Soft Tissue Filler; Injectable Filler)


What to Expect

Prior to Procedure

Before the test your doctor will:
  • Examine, measure, and take pictures of your face
  • Discuss known allergies
  • Discuss medications, supplements, and skin products you are using
  • Test your skin for allergies
  • Discuss risks and benefits of the procedure
Before the procedure, you will:
  • Sign an informed consent form
  • Be advised to avoid aspirin and other blood-thinning medications
  • Remove all makeup


Local or topical anesthesia, such as ointment or ice, may be used. A nerve block is often used for lip injections. This type of anesthesia blocks the nerves responsible for pain.

Description of the Procedure

Pen marks may be made on the areas to be targeted. Your face will be cleaned and prepared with an antibacterial cleanser. Local or topical anesthesia will be given to numb the area. For small areas, a topical cream or ice is used.
There are different ways to inject the collagen:
  • Serial puncture technique—A series of small punctures will be made with the needle along the targeted area. Small amounts of collagen will be inserted at each puncture point.
  • Linear threading or fanning technique—The needle will be inserted into the full length of the targeted area. The collagen will be injected slowly as the needle is removed or inserted.
The procedure is often repeated in deeper areas.

How Long Will It Take?

The procedure may take only a few minutes or longer depending on the areas injected. You will be able to go home after the procedure.

Will It Hurt?

Anesthesia can block pain and discomfort. Some have the procedure without anesthesia, but the injection is painful.
Ask your doctor about medication to help with the pain and swelling after the procedure.

Post-procedure Care

At the Care Center
After your procedure, the staff may provide the following care:
  • Cleanse your face
  • Apply ice and/or a soothing ointment
At Home
When you return home, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:
  • You may put on makeup without touching the affected area.
  • Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions.


American Academy of Dermatology

American Society of Plastic Surgeons



Canadian Dermatology Association

Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons



Dermal fillers. American Society of Plastic Surgeons website. Available at: Accessed September 12, 2014.

Fillers. American Society of Dermatology website. Available at: Updated August 18, 2010. Accessed September 12, 2014.

Filler materials and general injection technique. In: Bolognia JL, Jorizzo JL, Rapini RP, eds. Dermatology. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby Elsevier; 2008: chap 158.


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