made from your own skin and normally this tissue is obtained from any excess
tissue you may have had from a previous cosmetic procedure. The generic name is
human collagen. It is made by the Collagenesis Corporation and is indicated for the
treatment of wrinkles,
nasolabial folds, frown lines, especially vertical frown
lines between eyebrows (glabellar region);
lip augmentation; filling depressed
scars and similar indentations.
Autologen can be harvested from any
cosmetic surgery procedure which skin is removed such as:
is sent to a commercial laboratory that will extract collagen, sterilizes it,
and prepared it for re-injection. The amount of collagen that is extracted from
the skin depends on the quantity.
A total of two
to four injections can be given at one to three month intervals. Autologen can
also be stored for up to five years. Typically Autologen injections last longer
bovine collagen injections, however it doesn’t last as long as some of the
hyaluronic acid fillers. The manufacturer states that this filler can last from
4 - 9 months.
own collagen has a number of benefits including eliminating the risk of
rejection, immunological reaction, and disease transmission. Autologen is
somewhat more durable than bovine collagen because it does not get attacked by
the immune system and may get partly cross-linked (meshed together) with local
collagen at the treatment site.
of Autologen are the fact that it involves using your own skin, so no allergy
test is involved. This product can be stored for up to five years.
drawbacks to Autologen are the requirement of the previous surgical procedure to
acquire skin and a processing time of 3-4 weeks. Repeat treatments may be
required and anesthesia may be necessary for injection. This procedure can be
more costly than other fillers. Autologen can run anywhere from $1,200 to $1,500