Hart Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery Institute
621 S New Ballas Road
Suite 676A
St. Louis, MO 63141
Phone: (314) 251-6250
Fax: (314) 251-6822


Collagen Replacement

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Where can collagen implants be used?

-Frown lines that run between the eyebrows (glabellar lines)
-Smoker's lines which are vertical lines on the mouth (perioral lines)
-Marionette lines at the corner of the mouth (oral commissures)
-Worry lines that run across the forehead (forehead lines)
-Crow's feet at the corner of the eyes (periorbital lines)
-Deep smile lines that run from side of the nose to corners of the mouth (nasolabial furrows)
-Cheek depressions
-Redefining lip border
Acne scars (collagen is not suitable for narrow ‘ice-pick’ scars)
Other facial scars, providing they don't have a sharp edge



How is collagen treatment given?

Collagen treatments are carried out by a specially trained nurse, medical assistant, or doctor. The treatment usually take 20 minutes to an hour.

Procedure for collagen replacement treatments

  1. Wash the face thoroughly.
  2. The treatment site is wiped with an antiseptic.
  3. Using a very fine needle, the collagen, local anesthetic and saline are injected just below the skin to fill out the depression.
  4. Depending on the area treated, massaging may be used to smooth out the collagen before it firms up.

      Immediately after injection the site may be tender, red and swollen. This will gradually settle over the next few days. It is safe to cover the treated areas with make-up if you wish. Avoid strenuous exercise, sunburn and alcohol during this time. Dr. Hart may ask to check the results in 2 or 3 weeks and top up with more collagen if necessary.

How long does the collagen implant last?

      Collagen implants are not permanent. Because collagen is a natural protein it slowly breaks down into amino acids that are then absorbed by the body. In most cases, implants last anywhere between one to six months, although in some people one implant may be sufficient for up to two years. Repeat treatments will be necessary to maintain the results.

      The longevity of the implant will depend on its location and individual response. Muscular activity such as smiling and frowning will reduce how long it lasts. Conversely, it may last longer than expected in scars because these are not caused by facial muscle movement.


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