Zyderm & Zyplast: Collagen's Alter Egos
by Vanessa Day
When it comes to aging, damaged skin, collagen fillers are common ways to improve a person’s overall appearance and facial contour. Zyderm® and Zyplast® are two of the most widely known collagen treatments on the market today, treating over one million patients since they were first approved back in the early eighties. Plastic surgeons, dermatologists and patients alike have come to trust these treatments as quick and easy ways to return collagen to the face, ultimately resulting in a youthful and smooth look.
What are Zyderm® and Zyplast®?
Both Zyderm® and Zyplast® are made of purified bovine derived collagen obtained from steers in a closed herd, meaning these cows are monitored closely for disease and they have no contact with other herds. The bovine tissue is used to improve facial contour and reduce the appearance of both fine lines and deep wrinkles as well as remove unsightly acne scars and create full lips.
Both treatments can be injected anywhere on the face, but each one specializes in particular areas. Zyderm® is an ideal treatment for filling in fine lines and crows feet around the mouth and eyes. Zyplast® is generally used for thickening lips for a more luscious look. It is also used to contour deep folds and wrinkles around the nose and forehead along with filling acne scars for smoother skin. When used together, these two treatments tag-team against the effects of aging, making patients look ten years younger instantly.
How are Zyderm® and Zyplast® administered?
The procedure itself is relatively quick and painless; however, there are some precautions that need to be taken before patients can receive these collagen injections. First, patients need to meet with a trained physician or dermatologist to discuss the desired treatment and have a spot test to check for allergies. Since Zyderm® and Zyplast® are derived from animals, anyone who might be allergic to bovine or animal products should not have these treatments. Patients need to monitor the area where the spot test was given, paying close attention for at least four weeks to make sure there are no adverse reactions. Once a patient is deemed suitable for treatment, they can schedule an appointment.
During the procedure, a doctor will inject a small amount of gel into specific areas of the skin using a fine needle. Since Zyderm® and Zyplast® contain a natural numbing agent, lidocaine, patients have a more comfortable experience and feel little or no pain at all. After the gel is injected, the doctor will massage the locations to remove any bumps and make sure the product is evenly distributed. It only takes a few minutes to complete the process, and patients can return to their daily activities right away.
What are the side effects of Zyderm® and Zyplast®?
Even though both collagen treatments have proven to be extremely safe, Zyderm® and Zyplast® side effects can happen. Allergic reactions are possible, despite spot tests being required well in advance. There have been instances where spot tests were not watched closely enough, and negative reactions have occurred. If this happens, patients need to contact their doctor right away for proper treatment.
Most side effects of Zyderm® and Zyplast® appear immediately after injections. These commonly include tenderness, redness, slight swelling and bruising. Generally these effects subside in a few days, but healing time will depend on the person.
How Much Does It Cost?
Zyderm® and Zyplast® are relatively inexpensive compared to other collagen treatment costs. While the price of Zyderm® and Zyplast® will vary depending on the region you live in and the specialist. Cost will also depend on how many areas are being treated and how much gel is used. That being said, treatments usually start around $300 with an additional $150 fee for the spot test. Another thing for you to keep in mind is that while Zyderm® and Zyplast® cost less, they do not last as long as other similar fillers, so you may end up returning for more injections in a few months. These follow-up treatments need to be factored into your budget.
Luckily, many physicians and dermatologists offer patient financing options, making it easier for you to pay off the cost of your collagen treatment.
Is Zyderm® or Zyplast® Right for Me?
Zyderm® and Zyplast® are highly effective collagen treatments with a strong success rate. However, they may not be the best treatments for everybody. There are some conditions that dermatologists are concerned will cause problems, including hypersensitivity to lidocaine, pregnancy and breastfeeding, autoimmune disease and a tendency to develop hypertrophic scars (raised scars that appear at the site of a healed skin injury.) If patients are experiencing these or have a history of them, they are encouraged to find other skincare options.
Collagen injections are a great way to improve the look and feel of your skin, taking years off your appearance. The best way to determine if Zyderm® or Zyplast® are the right course of treatment for your aging skin is to meet with a certified dermatologist. A skilled physician can assess your condition and discuss your aesthetic goals as well as answer any questions you might have about collagen treatments. If you want to learn more about Zyderm® and Zyplast®, or to schedule a consultation with a skincare specialist in your area, contact our offices today.
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