Collagen is the hero protein that keeps our skin looking young and healthy. If you have noticed an increase in fine lines and wrinkles or feel your skin is looking dry, there is a chance your body is not producing enough of the key protein.While our body naturally produces collagen, the production of this protein decreases over time which causes wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin. Additionally, as we age our fibroblasts, which are the cells that produce collagen, become less dormant and disappear. This can also contribute to our skin becoming thinner and more aged.
Fortunately, many minimally invasive procedures can boost and restore collagen production.
Why Does our Collagen Production Decrease
Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in our body and is essential for keeping our skin healthy, wrinkle-free, tight and smooth.While collagen can be found in our bones, blood vessels, muscles, tendons, and the digestive system, it is commonly associated with the skin and its anti-ageing benefits.
Despite its significant benefits for the body, internal collagen production naturally decreases from the age of 20.While age is the main factor that contributes to a decreased level of collagen production, people can also lose collagen components from exposure to ultraviolet light, a high sugar diet and smoking.
Genetics and some autoimmune disorders may also expedite the process.
Cosmetic Procedures That Can Help Restore Collagen
Boosting your natural collagen production may help address sagging skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and give you a more youthful appearance.
Microneedling is a procedure that uses micro-fine needles to repeatedly puncture and prick the skin. The fine punctures cause the skin to go into repair mode which can help produce new collagen.
PDO Thread Lift or Mono Thread Treatment
A PDO thread lift involves inserting microscopic threads into the sub-dermal levels of the skin. Depending on the patient between 8 to 16 barbed threads are used in a PDO thread lift - which may lift the skin and stimulate collagen.Similarly to a PDO thread lift, a Mono thread treatment involves placing threads under the skin using a microneedle. The threads are placed in a mesh-like pattern, which may activate collagen synthesis in the body.
IPL (intense pulsed light)
An IPL treatment generates heat that is penetrated deep into the skin. This may encourage collagen production and shed damaged tissue.Ultherapy
Ultherapy is a non-surgical procedure that uses high-intensity ultrasound to penetrate into the deepest layers of the skin to help promote collagen.
A dermal filler with a hyaluronic acid base is a popular cosmetic procedure used to restore facial contours and improve signs of ageing. Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Restylane, Juvéderm and Radiesse may stimulate collagen production which could reduce the appearance of wrinkles and frown lines.Get Professional Treatment From a Certified Skin Specialist
Skin rejuvenation procedures may improve the effects of damaged skin and reduce the appearance of frown lines, wrinkles, blotches and scars.There are a number of treatments available and you may benefit from consulting with a certified dermatologist, skin specialist or doctor. Such
certified professionals will be able to provide you with more information on what procedures may boost collagen and what may be the best option for you.Information for non-surgical procedures can also be found on the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons.