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Fibrel Injections

This guide provides information about Fibrel injections, how they work, allergy testing, associated pain and results.

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What are Fibrel Injections?

These are temporary wrinkle injectables made partly from porcine (which is derived from pig connective tissue and is freeze-dried), your own blood plasma, e-aminocaproic acid and normal saline. The product helps to stimulate collagen production in order to fill scarring, lines and wrinkles at the site of injection.

How do Fibrel Injections Work?

The freeze dried-dried gelatin needs to be mixed with the patient’s own plasma. This requires the doctor to draw blood and have it spun in a centrifuge. This device enables separation of clear plasma from the red blood cells and takes around 30 seconds to 1.5 minutes.

Once the ingredients are combined, the cosmetic surgeon injects the gel into the problem wrinkle or scar in order to elevate the skin’s depression or crease. This is done at several points along the treatment site. Often, over-correction is required since the body absorbs some of the substance. The procedure takes around half an hour. Following treatment, the body begins to form new collagen at the treatment site. Within three months, the body’s own natural collagen replaces the injected gel.

Do Fibrel Injections Require Allergy Testing?

Yes. Since the base ingredient is derived from animal tissue, testing for an allergic reaction is necessary before having Fibrel injections. Whilst the reported rate of reaction is less than two percent, it’s still required as a precautionary measure. A positive with this product is that porcine (pig tissue) is less allergenic than bovine (cow derived collagen). In other words, procine is less likely to be rejected by the body.

The Fibrel injection allergy test is carried out by diluting .05cc of Fibrel with 1:1000 of your own serum. This combination is then injected into the crook of your arm and monitored over a period of several weeks since adverse reactions may be delayed.   If you experience an allergic reaction after treatment, consult your physician immediately.

Are Fibrel Injections Painful?

This is a common complaint with Fibrel injections. In order alleviate some of the pain doctors apply a topical or local anesthetic prior to injection. Local anesthesia should eliminate most of the pain associated with this treatment. Some doctors mix local anesthesia with the serum but mostly it’s administered separately. Once the gel is injected and the anesthesia begins to wear off patients may experience swelling, moderate pain, redness and bruising. It takes a few days for these common side effects to subside. Administering epinephrine with Lidocaine may alleviate some of the bruising if this is a concern.

How Long do Fibrel Injections Last?

As with any cosmetic treatment the results are temporary. Fibrel injections are relatively long-lasting with results lasting between six months and two years.  The effects last longer than other collagen injections such as Zyderm. Some patients may require repeat treatments in order to treat deeper folds and wrinkles.

What are the Ingredients of Fibrel Injections?

The anti-wrinkle injectables contain the following ingredients:

· 100 mg of freeze-dried, porcine gelatin powder (similar to Gelfoam Sterile Powder, Pharmacia & Upjohn Company)

· 125 mg of e-aminocaproic acid, an anti-hemorrhagic

· .5 cc of your own serum

· .5 cc normal saline

· Local pain reliever (usually administered separately).

How much do Fibrel Injections Cost? Price Information

Price Range: $$ affordable $$$ moderate $$$$ high-priced

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Cost of Fibrel Injections: $300 for 1.0cc - $500 for 2.0cc

Average Cost: $400

Fees Include: doctor fees, anesthetic, syringe, formula, centrifuge. The costs may not include the initial allergy test.

Cost Variables: The prices vary depending on the volume of formula required, which areas are being treated and the extent of your wrinkles or scarring. Some patients require repeat treatments.

Health Insurance: This cosmetic treatment is usually not covered by health insurance plans.

Medicare/Medicaid: Not covered.

Hospital Fee: N/A

Facility Fees: Should not be an additional charge.

Ask the clinic for the total cost including allergy testing, follow up visits, multiple treatments and whether any rebates, specials or discounts apply.

How to Find the Best Fibrel Injections Doctor/Specialist

Fibrel Injections are a cosmetic treatment which should be prepared and administered by a qualified doctor or cosmetic surgeon specializing in injectable and facial contouring. Some cosmetic surgeons allow their nursing staff to carry out the injections. If you can, try to have an MD administer the treatment. When searching for a Fibrel Injections specialist, make sure you research their qualifications, credentials, training and experience. Being board certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery does not indicate that a doctor is trained and experienced in this treatment.

Be sure to ask your doctor which procedures they specialize in, where they trained and how many wrinkle treatments they’ve performed. Obtain lots of before and after photos of patients they’ve treated for the same area using this product.

Even if a doctor has the right credentials, this does not mean they will be good at using Fibrel Injections. Apart from researching their formal qualifications and training, try to find customer reviews to see the overall satisfaction rate of your potential doctor. Independent recommendations are invaluable for assessing the best doctor or surgeon who is most experienced in the treatment. Don’t be tempted to opt for the cheapest cost without considering the above factors. A cheap center may not offer the experience you desire. Also, you may wish to consider whether you feel more comfortable with a female or male physician.

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