How Much Swelling Should I Expect After Collagen Injection?

ive just today had my left cheek injected with collagen because of a depressed scar.but now my cheek looks more puffed out than my right (swollen and hard) will this fade and take the natural look of my other cheek? thank you

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Collagen Injections and Swelling

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Thank you for your question. In this circumstance it sounds like you may have been exposed to bovine collagen and this is potentially an allergic reaction. I would meet with a qualified professional to have a physical examination in order to determine the root cause. Hopefully the discussion here has provided you with questions for your injector.

Swelling after collagen injections

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Collagen injections are rare today. Was it bovine (from cow hide) or was it human collagen? Bovine collagen can cause allergic reactions in 1 - 3 % of the population. It is very rare with the use of human collagen. Swelling can occur for a number of reasons. You should see your injector to be evaluated and reassured.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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