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Your Guide to Collagen-Boosting Treatments at the Northern Center for Plastic Surgery

by Caroline Peckham

Jan. 31, 2024, 3:41 p.m.

We all want to look and feel our best, especially as the years go by. In the quest for youthful and radiant skin, collagen-stimulating fillers have emerged as a revolutionary solution offered by the Northern Center for Plastic Surgery. These fillers have become increasingly popular among individuals seeking non-invasive cosmetic enhancements or a more natural way to fight signs of aging, like wrinkles and sagging skin. These fillers work by encouraging the body to make more collagen, which is a protein that helps keep our skin firm and youthful.

What Makes Collagen-Boosting Fillers Special?

Unlike some treatments that provide instant results, collagen-boosting fillers take a bit more time to show their magic. They give a gradual lift, making the changes look natural and lasting longer.

Understanding Collagen and its Importance:

Before we explore the different fillers, it's crucial to grasp the role of collagen in maintaining skin elasticity and firmness. Collagen, a protein abundant in the skin, provides structural support, but its production naturally declines with age. This decline leads to sagging, fine lines, and wrinkles, making collagen-stimulating fillers a sought-after solution.



Sculptra, a Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLLA) filler, shines as a long-lasting collagen stimulator. Administered through a series of injections, Sculptra gradually restores volume by triggering the body’s immune system to create fibroblasts, which are cells that secrete collagen proteins. This process results in the production of collagen in the area, causing the skin to become firmer and thicker.

While results may not be immediate, the longevity of Sculptra's effects is a major advantage for those seeking a natural-looking outcome.

What is Sculptra best for?

Sculptra is perfect for those seeking a subtle and long-lasting lift. It's great for addressing volume loss in various facial areas and can provide results that endure for up to two years. If you're patient and want a natural-looking outcome, Sculptra might be your go-to choice.


Gradual and natural-looking results

Long-lasting effects, often lasting up to two years

Suitable for addressing volume loss in various facial areas


Requires multiple sessions for optimal results

Results may take a few weeks to become noticeable



Radiesse contains calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres, providing both immediate volume enhancement and long-term collagen stimulation. The microspheres act as a scaffold, supporting the skin while encouraging the production of your body's own collagen. This filler not only provides immediate improvement but continues to enhance collagen levels for a prolonged effect.

What is Radiesse best for?

Radiesse is ideal for tackling deeper lines and wrinkles. Its effects are immediate and continue to improve over time as collagen production is boosted. If you're looking for a filler that delivers quick results with ongoing benefits, Radiesse may be the answer.


Immediate results with ongoing collagen stimulation

Suitable for addressing deeper lines and wrinkles

Results can last up to a year or more


Potential for temporary redness or swelling post-treatment

Requires a skilled practitioner for precise application

Cannot be used in areas with thin skin due to its viscosity



Bellafill combines collagen with polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) microspheres. These provide skin support to offer both instant volume enhancement and sustained collagen stimulation. This dual-action formula ensures immediate results with a long-lasting impact of up to 5 years.

What is Bellafill best for?

Bellafill is an excellent choice for those seeking both immediate and enduring outcomes. Its versatility makes it suitable for addressing wrinkles and fine lines, and it's particularly effective in treating acne scars, making it a comprehensive option for facial rejuvenation.


Immediate and long-lasting results

Effective for treating acne scars in addition to wrinkles

Requires fewer maintenance sessions compared to some other fillers


More expensive

Possible side effects include swelling, lumps or nodules

Not suitable for individuals with known PMMA allergies


What is a good alternative to fillers?

While not a traditional filler, PDO thread lifts deserve a mention for their collagen-stimulating properties. PDO threads, known for their safety and biocompatibility, are delicately inserted beneath the skin using fine needles. These threads create a supportive lattice, lifting and tightening the skin in targeted areas. An immediate lift is seen in the treated areas, creating a subtle yet noticeable improvement in skin laxity.

However, they also have a bio-stimulation effect which triggers the body's natural healing response, prompting the production of collagen around the threads' placement. Alongside the immediate lift, as collagen levels increase the skin will continue to show a gradual enhancement.


Non-surgical alternative to traditional fillers

Immediate lifting effect with ongoing collagen stimulation

Minimal downtime compared to surgical facelift procedures


Results are temporary, lasting around 12-18 months

Some discomfort or bruising may occur post-treatment


Each option comes with its own set of advantages and considerations. Whether you opt for the gradual yet enduring effects of Sculptra, the immediate impact of Radiesse, the longevity of Bellafill, or the non-surgical lift provided by PDO thread lifts, consulting with the skilled practitioners at the Northern Center for Plastic Surgery ensures personalized and effective results.

Choosing collagen-boosting fillers and other treatments we offer is like giving yourself a little self-care treat. It's about celebrating who you are and feeling great in your own skin. With a focus on natural and long-lasting results, the Northern Center for Plastic Surgery is here to guide you on a journey to rediscovering your youthful radiance.