Collagen Fillers: Risks, Precautions and Aftercare

Editorial Team
Home RemediesWritten by: Editorial TeamPublished at: Aug 03, 2011
Collagen Fillers: Risks, Precautions and Aftercare

Collagen fillers or injections are also known as soft-tissue augmentation, it is performed to give the skin a smoother appearance. This procedure corrects wrinkles, fine lines, skin depressions, and/or scarring. Collagen fillers are also used to plump thin lips. The natural occurrence of collagen in the body makes it the best filler for cosmetic purposes as the body accepts it more easily with few risks. There are other substances too which are used by the doctors as injectable fillers.

During the procedure, the area which is to be cosmetically augmented will be treated with a topical numbing application or a small dose of local anesthesia. The injectable fillers are then injected into the skin, in the areas which require a lift or plumping up to be done. Injections take only a few minutes but certain wrinkles or recessed scars may involve multiple injections therefore depending on the condition which is to be treated the course of treatment is determined. Discuss with your doctor regarding your expectations and you will be better guided regarding how many treatments you will require as multiple injections might be needed depending on the severity of the condition.

After the treatment, some superficial bruising might be seen accompanied with swelling, redness and tenderness in the treated area. These conditions will go away within a few hours or few days at the most and improvement is seen almost immediately.

Potential Customer

Individuals with any of the below mentioned skin conditions can seek treatment in the form of injectable fillers. It is a cosmetic procedure and will only improve the appearance of the skin by temporarily treating conditions given below:

  • Facial creases or wrinkles.
  • Scars.
  • Augmentation of thin lips.
  • Shallow contours of the face.
  • Sagging skin.


Collagen or injectable fillers are a non-invasive procedure and if it is carried out by a qualified and experienced doctor, the risks associated with it are few and any complications that may arise are seldom serious.


Allergy: Allergy can be the greatest risk as other than collagen there are other synthetic fillers used but if the allergy test is clear there should not be any problem arising. Doctors conduct a skin test less than a month before the procedure to check skin’s sensitivity to the substance.

  • Infection
  • Swelling
  • Open sores
  • Peeling of the skin surface
  • Bulges or lumpiness
  • Scarring


The above mentioned risks only occur if the procedure was performed by an unskilled doctor.


Since various synthetic substances are used as injectable fillers and even bovine collagen is also used, certain people with medical conditions might not react well to it. People with autoimmune diseases or a history of herpes should not undertake these procedures. Pregnant or nursing women are not recommended for these procedures.


After the procedure, slight redness, swelling and tenderness is observed. Avoid touching the treated area for the next few hours. Until the swelling and redness of the skin does not disappear, do not expose the skin to temperature extremes. Avoid exposure to the sun. Certain medications such as aspirin can increase the bruising at the treated area. Consult your doctor if symptoms last for more than a week.