Collagen and Botox treatments
Collagen is a protein derived from cows and
used to fill in shallow depressions and fine lines. Potential patients
must first undergo a skin allergy test and if no reaction is observed,
injections may proceed. Sufficient quantities of collagen must be used
to achieve a good result, but even so, the effects are temporary,
lasting from a few months to about a year.
Treatments must be repeated
to maintain results. There's been some concern that collagen injections
may be associated with autoimmune and connective-tissue diseases, but
this hasn't been proven by research. For wrinkles that are due to
repetitive facial expressions, such as frown lines in the forehead, a
doctor may suggest Botox injections.
Botox is a highly diluted form of
the botulin (BAWTCH-you-lihn) toxin, a dangerous bacteria. Yet when
used properly in trace amounts, Botox has been quite safe. It can
improve wrinkles by relaxing the underlying muscles and allowing the
skin to smooth out. Benefits usually lasts for about three to six
months. When lines return, they're often less noticeable than before.
Two or three ""touch- up"" injections of Botox per year may be needed
to keep the wrinkles at bay.