August 29, 2017

What Is Collagen and Why Do You Need It to Look Younger

Collagen is a protein and the most important building block in the body. It’s also the component that helps you maintain smooth, beautiful skin.

Nearly 65 percent of the total protein in the human body is composed of collagen. It’s not only found in the skin, but also in your joints, bones, connective tissues, and even your nails. Learn more about collagen and why you need it to look younger.

A Closer Look at Collagen

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, particularly type 1 collagen. It’s what gives our skin strength and elasticity. It’s also what helps our bodies replace dead skin cells. Younger people tend to have better looking skin due to the normal collagen production process.

As we age, collagen production begins to slow down. Aging skin experiences a degenerative process that results in wrinkles and sagging skin. Certain lifestyle habits such as smoking and a high-sugar diet can also deplete collagen levels. Increasing collagen can provide skin tightening benefits resulting in firm, smooth skin.

Collagen can also help to reduce stretch marks and cellulite. Over time, skin loses its elasticity as a result of reduced collagen. This can make your skin more susceptible to damage in the form of stretch marks and cellulite. Once deep scars and dimpled skin forms, it can be difficult to get rid of it without professional help.

By introducing more collagen into your body, in addition to maintaining a healthy diet, you can make a significant difference in the overall look of your skin. At the Cutis Laser Clinics, we offer several effective non-invasive treatments designed to boost collagen production.

Treatments to Boost Collagen

Many men and women want to look younger but don’t want to resort to surgery to achieve a more youthful complexion. Today, there are a number of non-invasive treatments available that work to naturally increase collagen production in the body for skin that looks and feels soft, smooth, and firm.

Ultherapy is one such treatment option designed to lift, tighten, and tone skin without surgery. This ultrasound treatment is FDA-approved to lift skin under the chin, on the neck, and on the eyebrow. It’s also effective at diminishing fine lines and wrinkles, making it a popular wrinkle treatment at any age.

Ultherapy stimulates new collagen production by delivering focused ultrasound energy to the skin’s foundational layer – typically addressed in cosmetic surgery – without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin. This results in a gradual and significant lift of tissue over 2-3 months.

For an immediate skin rejuvenation, consider hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. HA fillers are not only an effective wrinkle and eye bag removal treatments but also it is a safe procedure that stimulates collagen growth. According to clinical studies, HA filler injections gradually promotes collagen synthesis resulting in a plumper and more, youthful skin which can last for 12 months.

Like fillers, Dr. Perfect V-Line Thread Lift offers temporary yet immediate results. Using strong and absorbable Polydioxanone (PDO) threads, Dr. Perfect V-Line can provide immediate lift of sagging skin. It can also give you a lift that peaks at six months when collagen forms around the threads. The lifting effect can last upwards of two to three years.

Finally, BTL Exilis uses FDA cleared radiofrequency technology that stimulates and contracts collagen resulting in a tighter and firmer skin. The sensation is like a warm massage which can make your skin look younger without painful surgeries or extensive downtime.

BTL Exilis is a safe, non-surgical procedure that not only tightens and firms the skin on the face but also reduces fat on the neck or double chin, arms, belly and other parts of the body.

To learn more about any of the procedures mentioned, schedule a consultation with our Harvard-trained skin doctor in Singapore, Dr. Sylvia Ramirez.

Tags: Laser Clinics, Wrinkles TreatmentFillers , Ultherapy , Dr. Perfect V-Line, Exilis