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Collagen Lip Injections Review

Collagen lip injections are a cosmetic procedure to make lips look fuller. The details of collagen lip injections differ with each individual and must be discussed with a medical professional.   During collagen lip injections, a doctor injects a filler into the lips. The filler is normally collagen or a collagen derivative, although fat or hyaluronic acid (a complex sugar) can be used. The collagen for fillers can come from many sources. Some collagen fillers are derived from human tissue, while others come from animal or synthetics sources. The risks and benefits of collagen lip injections depend partially on the filler used.

Sources for Collagen Lip Injections
•    The Patient
•    Deceased Humans
•    Cows
•    Pigs
•    Synthetic Compounds

Human Sources for Collagen Lip Injections
Lip injections for fuller lips started over a century ago. For most of this history, doctors injected fat from the patients own body into the lips. Fat for lip injections often comes from the patient's thighs or abdomen. Fat injections were the norm until the late 20th Century. Today, collagen and collagen derived fillers are much more popular. Some medical practitioners use collagen from human sources. They could use collagen that is extracted from the patient ahead of time. They might also use the collagen from the tissues of deceased human donors.

Animal Sources for Collagen Lip Injections
Collagen and collagen derivatives can come from animals. The first collagen lip injections were developed in the 1980s. They used collagen from cows (bovine collagen). Producers also extract collagen from pigs (porcine collagen). A consumer with allergies should be sure to advise his/her  doctor as this may affect which collagen source the doctor recommends.

Synthetic Sources for  Lip Injections

Synthetic substances can be used for lip injections. One filler has microbeads of a synthetic material suspended in bovine collagen. Another product is entirely synthetic. It is made out of the same material as raincoats and boots. Lip injections from synthetic sources often last longer, because they do not break down in the body.

Regardless of the source for a collagen lip injection, the procedure can be an extreme step. Any injection has the risk of infections at the injection site. It can take a while to recover from lip injections. Consumers might be restricted to eating soft foods until the lips heal. Sometime, the injection site keeps bleeding, which requires a return trip to the doctor.

Consumers go to cosmetic surgeons for collagen lip injections. There are many different fillers for lip injections. Collagen and collagen derivatives for lip injections were first developed a few decades ago. The sources of collagen for lip injections vary. The filler can come from the consumer, from deceased donors, from cows, pigs or synthetic sources.  Any type of lip injection can result in complications. Consumers may wish to  consider alternatives to collagen lip injections.

References:

1. Reversible vs. Nonreversible Fillers in Facial Aesthetics: Concerns and Considerations. Dermatology Online Journal
University of California, Davis
http://anagen.ucdavis.edu/148/commentary/facial_aesthetics/smith.html

2. Lip Augmentation. Cleveland Clinic
http://my.clevelandclinic.org/services/cosmetic_surgery/hic_lip_augmentation.aspx

3. A Review of Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Procedures: Porcine Collagen. Medscape Today
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/583994_13