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Should I get collagen-stimulating injections or fillers?

The demand for innovative anti-ageing treatments continues to rise. Injectable fillers have become ubiquitous as a quick, safe and low-downtime alternative to plastic surgery. These products rejuvenate the face by contouring, restoring lost volume and smoothing unwanted lines. Though all fillers work to achieve similar goals, how they accomplish it varies depending on the product used. Dr Khinda uses both dermal fillers and collagen stimulators at Kaya Cosmedica. We break down the differences below so you can learn more about your options before making a decision on what’s best for you.

Formula: What Are the Main Active Ingredients?

Many popular dermal fillers are made with a substance that occurs naturally within the body and has unique moisture-retaining properties. When injected, these fillers add fullness and structural support that smooths and plumps the skin. They offer immediate results without a long-term commitment. Collagen-stimulating fillers, also known as biostimulators, don’t just add volume — they help create new collagen. These products contain ingredients that stimulate the body’s natural collagen production process to restore firm and youthful skin. The results are gradual but long-lasting.

Area: Where Can I Use This Treatment?

Dermal fillers have a broad range of applications. Among other things, they can be used to define the cheekbones, sculpt the chin and jawline, enhance lip size and shape, correct fine lines and wrinkles, volumise gaunt areas of the face, improve the appearance of shallow scars and add subtle volume to hollow tear troughs. Even small, delicate areas of the face can be treated with the right formula. Collagen stimulators are ideal for treating larger areas that require rejuvenation. These injections can fill deep lines and folds, and provide significant lift and volume in areas like the cheeks, jawline, temples and mid-face. They are also used in areas beyond the face, such as the backs of the hands. Collagen-stimulating injections are not appropriate for delicate areas like the lips or under-eyes.

Procedure: How Many Sessions Will I Need?

A dermal filler procedure takes up to 30 minutes. It can easily be done on your lunch hour or any other time of day when you have a free hour. Patients typically only need one session to achieve their desired results. If any adjustments are necessary, Dr Khinda can address them during a complimentary review appointment at two weeks. The injection process for collagen stimulators may be more involved. Some products in this category require just one treatment, while others deliver the best results after a series of injection sessions carried out over regular intervals. Each individual session should be similar in length to dermal fillers.

Onset: When Will I See My Results?

One of the many reasons patients love dermal fillers is that they produce immediate results. Preliminary benefits are visible as soon as the product is administered. Over the next two weeks, the filler will integrate into the tissues to achieve the final result. Fillers may be the right choice if you want rapid or dramatic results. Collagen stimulators are a gradual treatment. Although there may be slight volume improvement directly after injection, the true results will not appear for weeks. The product needs time to trigger collagen production in the body and restore the skin’s underlying structure. This process usually takes four to 10 weeks, with optimal results occurring after three months. A biostimulator may be right for you if you prefer subtle, natural results.

Duration: How Long Will My Results Last?

The effect of your dermal fillers can last anywhere from 10 to 18 months. The longevity of the treatment depends on a variety of factors, including the type of filler used and the area treated. Over time, the product is metabolised by the body and improvements slowly fade. Scheduling regular maintenance treatments will sustain lasting results. With a collagen stimulator, your new look may last for up to two years. The long-lasting benefits of collagen growth will continue to be seen over time. As the body absorbs the product, it also builds its own new collagen to naturally boost the skin even after the filler has dissolved. Touch-ups will be required to maintain the results indefinitely.

Reversibility: Can I Remove the Product If I Don’t Like It?

If you change your mind about your aesthetic goals, or discover you simply do not like the look or feel of dermal fillers, you may be able to have it dissolved. Some fillers can be undone with injections of an enzyme that quickly breaks down the material, eliminating the need to wait months for it to dissipate naturally. Collagen-stimulating injections are not reversible. There is no injection that can easily undo the results of this treatment, making revision a more challenging process. Collagen stimulators are typically not recommended for patients who are new to facial fillers for this reason.

Fillers vs. Collagen Stimulators: Making the Choice That’s Right for You

Dr Khinda will help you determine which injectable is appropriate for you based on your specific concerns and expectations. With her skills, artistry and experience, Dr Khinda is well-versed in the use of all kinds of injectables for beautiful, natural-looking enhancements. Your ideal treatment plan may involve using multiple types of filler to achieve the desired result. If you have further questions about injectables, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at Kaya Cosmedica in North Melbourne. Please use our convenient online booking platform today to book a consultation.