Collagen creams are a costly mistake

January 27, 2011

Collagen creams are a costly mistake
Collagen creams are a costly mistake

Collagen creams that line the shelves of many cosmetics stores claim to eliminate wrinkles after a few applications. However, many scientists agree that these anti-aging products do not work and are a waste of money, according to The Daily Mail.

Though the creams do contain collagen, the molecules of the collagen are so large that only a few make it through the skin. The rest stay on one's face until the cream is washed off or rubbed away.

"It really frustrates me when I see [advertisements] for anti-wrinkle creams containing collagen," Dr. Blanca Sengerova, a protein biochemist, told the news source. "Although collagen is structurally important for the integrity of our skin, the protein molecule is far too large to pass through the barrier posed by the skin."

However, there are cosmetic procedures that do help eliminate the appearance of wrinkles. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) autologous, injectable, dermal collagen (AIDC) can be injected into frown lines and depressed scars, as well as the fine lines around one's mouth.

The procedure is done with a small needle and does not require general anesthesic. AIDC is made from the patient's skin, minimizing the likelihood of the body rejecting the substance.

Approved synthetic fillers and neurotoxins like Botox also help with the treatment of wrinkles and aging. To find out more information, please discuss the options with your board certified plastic surgeon


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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