What is the long-term outcome like for most people?
Most patients who have had an injectable procedure are pleased with the results. The treatments can, in many cases, significantly reduce facial wrinkling and sagging skin. However, most injection treatments have a relatively short life span. Collagen is quickly absorbed by the body, and most of the filler from these injections disappears within a year. Other injectable materials are associated with more frequent side effects. Be sure to discuss all of the various options with Dr. Kremer, who will help you to decide which is the best option for you.
Alloderm - A portion of the sheet alloderm may remain permanently, or it may eventually be completely absorbed. In any case, it lasts longer than most injectables, including collagen. There is not enough long-term information on Cymetra to know if a portion of it will last permanently, but early reports suggest that it probably will not.
Collagen -Standard collagen will be completely reabsorbed within a few months. Autologen lasts somewhat longer. Some lucky patients may have collagen last 5-6 months, but most will find that 3-4 months is typical. Occasionally, it lasts only 2-3 months. While they like the results, some people are frustrated by the need for frequent injections.
Fat - A portion of the injected fat will remain in place permanently, but a second or even third procedure may be needed to completely correct sagging or wrinkling. Fat is perhaps the only injectable material available for recreating a youthful look in those patients requiring large volumes for a fuller, more youthful-looking facial structure.