Scientific Studies Find Fillers Actually Build New Collagen

January 13, 2015
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Scientific journals reveal fillers promote the building of new collagen.

Your own new collagen = younger skin

Several published articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals (listed below) are reporting the most significant findings since dermal fillers were introduced – fillers promote the building of new collagen.

That’s a big deal.

older and younger skin diagrams

One of the most commonly asked questions from patients has been “how long do fillers last?” The new answer: fillers will fade with time, but the injections are actually stimulating your body’s growth of new collagen creating lasting and natural results.

The studies of hyaluronic acid fillers (Restylane®, Juvederm or Juvederm Voluma) showed demonstrable regenerative results with increased levels of Type I procollagen next to the injected fillers. Procollagen is the precursor to mature Type I collagen – your body’s own long lasting collagen.

These results offer an even bigger role for Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). PRP is drawn from a tube of your own blood and can be injected with filler as well. PRP is not a filler, but it’s what your body uses to stimulate new collagen growth. Injecting PRP can enhance and speed the collagen growth we now know fillers offer. It’s predictable that fillers will seldom be used alone moving forward, but will commonly be co-injected with the natural collagen stimulator PRP to reverse aging and generate younger skin. This combination will reduce the amount of lines and wrinkles over time requiring fewer injections for lasting results.

More about dermal fillers

filler treatment areas
Dermal (injectables) fillers “fill” the lines and wrinkles through subcutaneous injections that act as a sort of cushion and volumizer in areas that have lost elasticity due to aging. The injections also draw water to the collagen molecule so skin appears more supple, fresh and younger. Essentially, fillers treat the skin from the inside out.

Hyaluronic acid fillers are considered a more “natural” approach to wrinkle treatment because hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the body, is the matrix within which all collagen growth occurs and has less potential for side effects.

Fillers are one of the top requested non-invasive cosmetic treatments for clients who want to look younger because they offer visible, instantaneous results and can last up to 18 months.

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Wang F, et al. Arch Dermatol 2007;143:155-63.
Turlier V, et al. J Dermatol Sci 2013;69:187-94.
Quan T, et al. J Invest Dermatol 2013;133:658-67.
Jean D. A Carruthers, et. Dermatol Surg 2014:40:S134-S136.