How can collagen make my face look younger?

Dr. Doris Day, MD
Collagen replacement therapy restores the natural collagen support layer to your skin. Facial lines are smoothed and wrinkles are diminished. Collagen may also be used to plump up lips that have become thinner, eliminate feathery lines around your lips, and minimize the appearance of acne scars.

For some types of collagen, you’ll need a skin test to determine if you are allergic to collagen treatments. You’ll get the results within four to six weeks. After that, if you’re not sensitive to the collagen, your treatments can begin. However, with the newer generations of collagen now available, skin testing is not necessary since the collagen is derived from human foreskin. You may need two or more sessions to get the best results. The treatments may need to be repeated about every four months. The injections can be painful, but topical anesthetics or nerve blocks can minimize pain.