Collagen Implants: The Facts about Zyderm and Zyplast

Collagen Implants: The Facts about Zyderm and Zyplast

Zyderm and Zyplast are the first injectable collagen implants approved by the FDA and have been in use for more than 25 years.  Zyderm is used to smoothen fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth, while Zyplast treats deeper wrinkles, frown lines, and scars and enhances volume in the face and lips. More than 1.5 million people have been treated with Zyderm and Zyplast injections.  Zyderm and Zyplast can be used separately or together for a more comprehensive facial treatment.

Zyderm and Zyplast Collagen

The collagen used in Zyderm  and Zyplast implants is composed of purified bovine material. The collagen is considered safe by the FDA since the collagen is derived  from a closed bovine herd that is fully monitored and treated by a veterinarian and has not been exposed to what is commonly known as Mad Cow Disease.  Three percent of people are allergic to the bovine-derived collagen, so before undergoing the procedure, patients must have an allergy spot test on the skin. The area must be monitored for four weeks following the initial contact before treatment can be administered.

Zyderm / Zyplast Procedure
During the procedure, a fine needle is used to inject the collagen on the area that you want enhanced. Zyderm and Zyplast contain a numbing agent called lidocaine, which helps to numb the skin and prevent patients from experiencing any discomfort. The treatment is convenient, taking only a few minutes and requiring no recovery time.  The cost of Zyderm and Zyplast injections is relatively inexpensive, but results only last between three to six months.

Side Effects of Zyderm / Zyplast
After a Zyderm Zyplast treatment you may experience tenderness, redness, swelling or bruising in the treated area, but this usually disappears within a day or two.  It is also vital to discuss with your doctor your medical history and allergies before undergoing the treatment. Allergic reactions are rare, but they can occur, especially if the spot test is not monitored closely.

Zyderm and Zyplast promises effective results and remains a widely-used cosmetic procedure. It is pertinent to schedule a consultation with your doctor to discuss a treatment program and determine the right amount of collagen is necessary to achieve your desired results.

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