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Hyaluronic Acid vs Collagen Injections

June 21, 2017
by Dr Tim Pearce, MBChB BSc (hons) MRCGP, Clinical Director

collagen in skinBack in the 80’s and early 90’s, cosmetic injections to replenish lost volume were relatively rare.

The market was dominated by bovine collagen injections, delivered with large needles. Results lasted a relatively short time and there was a 3% allergy rate, even among patients whose skin tests had been fine.

How far we’ve come…

Now there are hundreds of thousands of women and men in the UK who regularly have filler injections. However, bovine collagen injections are pretty much a thing of the past; as the market has been revolutionised by hyaluronic acid (HA).

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in cell and tissue fluids, where it works to retain moisture, keeping the skin moisturised and adding ‘plumpness’.

HA naturally depletes with age but injections of hyaluronic acid into the skin can replenish it, restoring lost volume.

Hyaluronic acid fillers are now one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the UK for addressing wrinkles, folds and loss of volume and the latest scientific developments have taken the market further forward.

Latest Dermal Fillers

The latest generation of Juvederm hyaluronic acid fillers by Allergan feature Vycross technology, which combines 90% low- and 10% high-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid that enables better cross-linking (where chains of molecules are bonded together). The cross-linking improves the functionality of the product as particles can move into small spaces and blend well within the skin. Treatment results are smoother and longer lasting.

Advancements in science have been accompanied by constant refinement in technique and the way fillers are delivered by top practitioners in 2017 is incredibly sophisticated compared with the comparatively blunt techniques used back in the and 90s.

At SkinViva and SkinViva Training, we understand that dermal fillers is an art as much as a science. We train our team to study and understand facial dynamics and the ‘golden ratio’ which defines beauty. Improving the balance of facial features is key to an aesthetically pleasing result. Treatment should never be about trouble-shooting a specific concern, there is the real risk of accentuating other areas if the whole face isn’t considered, as having one area look overdone can be too noticeable. Subtlety and sophistication is the way forward.

Manufacturers are constantly developing their products and there are some very interesting things in the pipeline.

We look forward to seeing what happens in the coming years, as the market continues to evolve.  For our clients, it seems this can only be a good thing with the prospect of even better anti-ageing products and more skilled practitioners, thanks to professional training courses and the prospect of regulation.

Dr Tim Pearce, MBChB BSc (hons) MRCGP, Clinical Director

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