Collagen is a naturally-occurring protein found in the body that has several functions, one of which is giving the skin structure.
Collagen helps the skin stay smooth, firm, soft and supple. It also enhances elasticity. But the body’s ability to produce collagen declines with age and a lack of collagen leads to fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin.
To learn how you can maintain your skin’s youthful appearance, the team at the Seduction Cosmetic Surgery Center shares several effective strategies for stimulating the production of new collagen in the skin.
A type of cactus, aloe vera has been used to treat a variety of skin conditions for centuries. It has healing and moisturizing properties thanks to molecules called sterols, which stimulate cell growth and promote collagen production.
Aloe vera is found as an ingredient in numerous skincare products and it can be applied directly to the skin in its natural form. But for collagen-stimulating purposes, studies have shown that the most effective way to use aloe vera is to take it orally as a supplement, either gel or tablet form.
Red Light Therapy
Red light therapy (RLM) uses low levels of red light to treat a variety of skin concerns by building collagen and improving the skin’s complexion.
During the treatment, the skin is exposed to a lamp or laser that has a red light. The light is soaked up by the cells’ power generators, called mitochondria, which enables the cells to create more energy and rejuvenate themselves.
Unlike other skin treatments, such as chemical peels, red light therapy is non-invasive and has no side effects. At-home treatment options are even available.
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in skin tissue. When it is injected into the body, it triggers collagen production by stretching the body’s fibroblasts, which synthesize collagen.
Fillers are far more effective than topical creams and gels. Both hyaluronic and collagen molecules are too large to be absorbed through the skin’s pores, meaning topical products are not going to increase your skin’s natural ability to produce collagen.
Fillers, on the other hand, are injected directly into the tissue, allowing them to bypass the absorbency issue and have a longer-term effect.
To learn more about how you can effectively stimulate collagen in the skin to keep it looking fresh and youthful, contact the team at the Seduction Cosmetic Surgery Center to book an appointment with an experienced and qualified plastic surgeon