For those looking for a simple cosmetic fix for facial lines and wrinkles, the most popular choices are Collagen gel or Restylane injections.
So what are the differences between the two, and how do you choose whether to go for collagen gel or Restylane ? Ultimately it will be a personal choice, typically made after consultation with a skin-care specialist. But to bring you up to speed, here's a run-down of the two:
Collagen Gel or Restylane injcetions?
Collagen gel is the more established product - it has been around for decades - and is a nonsurgical treatment which provides an immediate, visible difference in your face.
Collagen gel works by replenishing your skin's natural collagen. As you age, you suffer a loss of this substance in the deeper layers of skin, the dermis. The injections attempt to replace this. The effects typically last between three and four months. Before undergoing collagen gel injections, you will need a skin test to check for an allergic reaction. If you have no reaction after 30 days, you can begin treatment.
Restylane treatment is a crystal clear gel that adds contours and fills depressions to smooth facial wrinkles and folds. It has been used in Canada and Europe for over 5 years.
It is a safe and natural cosmetic dermal filler that restores volume and fullness to the skin, and is the first and only cosmetic dermal filler made of non-animal-based hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that already exists in the human body, and thus no pre-testing for allergic reactions is necessary.
The results are instantaneous, and the effects last between 6 and 9 months, so treatments are typically scheduled twice a year. Evidence shows that having a touch-up treatment before the product has fully dissipated will enhance the lasting effect.