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Tue 25 Jun 2019

Precision Collagen Enhancement

Health & Wellbeing
Collagen Induction treatment has been around for such a long time.

Every second skin clinic seems to use this term. But what is it? Here we will discuss the key concepts around Collagen induction.

Collagen is produced by cells called fibroblasts that are located in the inner layer of the skin called the Dermis. Collagen provides a meshwork for skin structure, elasticity and rebound. This means that when we stretch the skin, collagen provides the skin with a “memory” to return back to its original shape. When we hit the age of 25, our collagen production rate starts to deteriorate, and we lose approximately 1% of our collagen production every year. This number is even higher for those who love the sun, as the sun breaks the integrity of collagen. This number is much, much larger for smokers too. This means that wrinkles form as the skin stretches and sags.

So with all these depressing statistics, what can we do to improve our collagen levels? Collagen can be enhanced with dermal skin treatments. Whenever we have an injury to our skin, our skin lays down multitudes of collagen fibres to repair the break in the skin. So with this in mind, we can use the same principles in a controlled way to enhance and build our collagen.

Skin needling has long been considered the gold standard for collagen induction. However, not all skin needling procedures are the same. Recently Australia had our first TGA listed skin-needling device available on the market. This is the SkinPen device by Bellus Medical. Unlike its counterparts, the SkinPen has been approved for treatment of acne scars, melasma and precision collagen enhancement. The device is so precise that results can be seen after just a single procedure, although most people would benefit from a course of treatments.

Another proven favourite is Venus Viva treatment. This treatment uses radiofrequency energy delivered to the dermis, to enhance collagen production and re-organise the collagen to improve skin elasticity. Again this type of treatment is perfect for improvement of skin elasticity, acne scars, rosacea and general skin condition.

Finally laser toning facials can also deliver energy to the dermis to activate the fibroblasts into action. By selectively heating the dermis, the skin is “tricked” into repairing the skin just like it would if there was a deep burn. However the procedure is painless and there is no downtime at all.

To determine the best option for you, I recommend that you visit a dermal therapist that can analyse your skin. The treatment best suited to your skin condition can then be utilised to produce an appreciable long-term result.

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