Firstly, what is Collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. It is formed by the linking and winding together of amino acids to form collagen fibers, these fibers are a tough constituent of connective tissue that is the body’s major structural protein. The Reticular layer of the skin also known as the Dermis, contains both Collagen and Elastin fibers among many other vital structures. Collagen is present in varying ratios in skin, blood vessels, bone, tendons and ligaments to name a few.
Collagen synthesis, or the formation of new collagen, is an essential part of wound healing as Collagen also gives structure and strength to our skin. By ensuring your collagen levels are healthy, cells that contain collagen take on a strong and youthful appearance.
Elastin is another kind of protein in the body. Elastin is found in places in the body that contract, such as arteries and lungs. This is because of elastin’s outstanding characteristic: the ability to snap back into place and maintain its original shape. Elastin and collagen are both proteins found in the skin. They work together to give the skin its texture and shape.
The interesting thing about collagen is that stimulating its growth causes a domino effect, the more collagen you have, the more your body is able to produce and maintain. As we enter our mid-30s, our bodies begin to produce less collagen. That’s why so many of us are on a quest to replace it. Collagen helps form a fibrous network of cells called fibroblasts, upon which new cells can grow. It also plays a role in replacing and restoring dead skin cells.
The beauty of replacing and restoring dead skin cells is one of the key factors in anti-aging the skin. In your youth your body and all your cells are functioning optimally, as we become seniors our cell turn over and desquamation rate slows down, thus the structural integrity of the skin declines. Wrinkles form, and joint cartilage weakens.
There are many ways to stimulate collagen, the earlier you start the better you prevent the loss of collagen and thus anti-age in the skin and body. Remember the more collagen you have, the more your body can reproduce, like compound interest.
Over the past few years, collagen-boosting products have popped up in the form of powders, supplements, lotions and serums. Do they work? Yes they do! Research, clinical studies and client testimonies proves that Collagen stimulation through treatments, supplements as well as products can stimulate and encourage the production of Collagen.
Ways for you to repair damaged collagen and stimulate the body to make new collagen, would be to ensure you consume a nutrient rich diet. There are a variety of treatments out there to assist, promote and encourage collagen stimulation for anti-aging and skin tightening.
Here are a few:
Resurfacing through peels, microdermabrasion and more effectively through lasers have been used for decades to remove the damaged collagen and make our collagen-producing cells more active, newer lasers such as the latest ScitonⓇ Joule™ Laser can create collagen with little recovery time. The ScitonⓇ Joule™ Laser has multiple treatments such as nano and micro laser peels, Skintyte and rejuvenation treatments. These treatments in combination are always most effective and provide the quickest results.
Microneedling also known as Dermapen™ Skin Needling is a resurfacing procedure used to reduce and improve the visible appearance of chronic skin conditions such as wrinkles, smoker’s lines, large pores, heal acne and acne scars, surgical and burn scars as well as rejuvenate and tighten the skin.
The Sciton® lasers’ Skintyte™ treatment delivers uniform, targeted and deep heating to effectively coagulate soft tissue by transmitting infrared light deep into the dermis.
Skinboosters work by superficially injecting hyaluronic acid into the skin’s surface. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance within our bodies, it has an incredibly super power of holding 1000 times its own weight in water!
Hyaluronic acid fillers stimulate collagen production by stretching the collagen-producing cells known as fibroblasts. These fillers not only make your skin look better immediately, they also create thicker skin due to increased collagen production.
Carboxy Therapy is a minimally invasive treatment where medical graded carbon dioxide is injected into the skin, this has been clinically proven to rejuvenate, restore, and recondition the skin and treat loose skin (due to ageing or post pregnancy), cellulite, resistant fat and stretch marks.
These are only a few of the many methods of collagen stimulation that is at our disposal, as research, clinical trials and client testimonies have proven these treatments really work. The most important thing to know about collagen is to protect the collagen you have with sunscreen and stimulate as much as you can with topical retinol, growth factors, (proteins that stimulate the growth of specific tissues) peptides and for quicker results, treatments.
Written By Skin & Laser Clinician Angie Chaplin
For as long as Angie can remember she has always been passionate about the Skin Care and Aesthetic industry. While completing her International Degree, she worked at various clinics to build as much experience and additional knowledge as possible. Once Angie had completed her International Degree in Somatology in 2011, she specialized in Aesthetic and Laser treatments. She has been privileged to work closely with Doctors and Dermatologists throughout her career, and has had the blessing of providing training for other Aesthetic Somatologists as well as Medical Practitioners within the industry. Angie has also worked with a large variety of lasers and machines, and believes that a combination of different treatments and products are always the key to quickly achieve optimal results.