Procedures That Can Actually Restore Collagen
How To Trick Your Skin Into Making More Collagen
Procedures That Can Actually Restore Collagen
Do you want healthy, hydrated, and glowy skin but instead you are dealing with wrinkled, dry, and dull skin? But why, you ask? You are probably missing the key ingredient in skin – collagen. Starting at the age of 20, dermatologists estimate that collagen production decreases by 1% each year. Ouch! Also, the cells that are making collagen, called fibroblasts, become less active and disappear over time. The result: skin that gets thinner with more visible lines and wrinkles.
How Does It Work?
It is all about harvesting the body’s natural healing powers and tricking the body to produce more collagen. Several treatments can kickstart the fibroblasts to produce more collagen to plump the skin. This magic is happening in the under carpet, or dermis, of the skin. The more collagen that is produced, the softer wrinkles and lines become, and the better the elasticity of the skin.
What is Collagen Anyway?
Collagen is a naturally occurring protein in the body and it’s what keeps your face (and body) looking vibrant and youthful. Collagen is everywhere in your body but has different functions in different areas. In the skin, collagen is responsible for fullness, elasticity and radiance. No need to panic because we’ve got you covered with the best ways to stimulate collagen growth.
Is Collagen Loss Preventable?
There are ways to reduce the rate of collagen loss. The sun is the #1 culprit responsible for damaging fibroblasts and collagen. Your first line of defense is to wear a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 every day, even when it is not summertime. Smoking is not far behind sun exposure as a trigger for collagen loss. So, if you are still smoking, you know what to do!
What Procedures are proven to Stimulate Collagen Production?
1. Intense Pulse Light (IPL)
IPL therapy boosts collagen in several ways, making it very useful to treat aging skin. When the IPL beam is shone into the under carpet of the skin, the energy that is produced directly stimulates fibroblast to produce more collagen. It also acts as a controlled injury to the skin, triggering the healing process. And healing means new collagen! Another way IPL works is to encourage blood flow to treated areas. The increased blood flow brings more nutrients to the area treated, allowing collagen to be repaired at an increased rate. While primarily used to treat sunspots and redness in the skin, other sought-after effects include firmer and plumper skin.
2. DermaFrac Microneedling
Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling is intentionally used to produce tiny micro punctures in the top layer of the skin. Using micro-fine needles, the skin goes into repair mode and boosts the production of new collagen in the skin, also known as neocollagenesis. Microneedling also stimulates the growth of fibroblasts. This painless, minimally invasive procedure can provide incredible results.
The next level up from microneedling is the combination of microneedles with radiofrequency. Not only do the tiny pins produce microchannels when they penetrate the skin, they also deliver skin tightening radiofrequency (RF) to the deeper layers of the skin. This allows the effective treatment of deeper wrinkles, acne scars, enlarged pores, and uneven skin texture. Fractional resurfacing triggers collagen production, stimulates fibroblasts to produce more collagen, improves blood flow to the skin, and increases the release of growth factors to even out skin tone and texture.
4. Radio Frequency (RF) with Pulse Electromagnetic Fields (PEMF)
This combination, also known as an Anti-Aging Skin Tightening, makes for a very comfortable procedure without any downtime. Radiofrequency heats and directly stimulates fibroblasts. PEMF has been used in conventional medicine for decades and has been proven effective to trigger the regenerative process in skin with the release of growth factor. It also promotes the formation of new blood vessels to improve oxygen and nutrient supply to the skin. Clinically proven to improve moderately-to-severe wrinkles and improving the jawline contour, this should be considered when choosing a treatment option.
5. Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Hyaluronic acid is natural occurring in our skin and helps it look fresh and young. But as you probably guessed, as we age the levels drop dramatically. Fillers are mainly used to restore lost volume in our cheeks and lower face, but as the body absorbs it over time, it boosts collagen production which helps to smooth skin.
Combination treatments are all the rage right now. The ultimate procedure in skin rejuvenation and collagen induction is a combination of IPL, RF Skin Tightening, and Fractional Resurfacing, also known as Tribella Total Rejuvenation. In one treatment it corrects discoloration, reduces sun damage, firms up skin, treats enlarged pores and smooths uneven skin. With low downtime of 1 to 3 days, this is becoming the go-to treatment for fast and effective results.
Another great treatment option that will help to stimulate collagen production by increasing circulation and blood flow is a facial. Our most popular facial, the HydraFacial, uses patented technologies to cleanse, peel and hydrate the skin. Additionally, propriety serums made with nourishing ingredients create the famous glow associated with a HydraFacial.
To learn more about how you can restore a youthful glow to your skin and improve elasticity for years to come, contact us and we can help create a customized program for you!