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 4 treatments that naturally kickstart collagen

 

 

You know that old saying: you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone?

 

We always think of this statement when we explain to patients how collagen works. When you were 20 years old, how much time did you spend thinking about how supple and smooth collagen made your skin feel? Never, of course! It’s only when your collagen starts to decrease that we stand up and ask: what is going on here? Our skin becomes drier, our facial contouring isn’t as plump, ever the skin on our hands and neck start to become thin and a bit withered.

 

The common denominator here is collagen. And we start to lose it in our early 30s. That’s why this is a good time to start thinking about collagen rebuilding.

 

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IYAC’s Collagen Rebuilding Program includes several treatments that stimulate new collagen growth. These include:

 

1. Certain injectables
Certain non-hyaluronic fillers tighten skin and fill in contours by stimulating your body to produce more collagen. Many patients like these fillers as they are metabolized quickly and rely on your own body to naturally tighten your skin. Collagen-stimulating injectables include:

  • Sculptra is an FDA-approved filler containing poly-L-lactic acid. It is a liquid (not a gel) so you do not see same-day results, but rather results start to appear about a month after your initial treatment. The effect is gradual and natural looking, which some clients prefer since there are no sudden changes indicative of having undergone a treatment. Most people need several sessions to achieve their desired look. Results from three sessions, scheduled 1 month apart, can last up to 2 years.
  • Ellansé is an HSA-approved filler that provides same-day results. Unlike Sculptra, it is a gel so once injected it fills in lost volume. Unlike Sculptra, Ellansé requires no post-treatment facial massaging. One session is priced higher than Sculptra but most people need only one session for results that last up to two years. Depending on the skin condition and degree of laxity, one session consists of anything from 1 to 5 syringes.

 

Collagen-stimulating fillers are quite versatile. They can treat the temples, forehead, cheeks, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, jawline and chin as well as certain parts of the body, such as the neck, upper arms and knees.


2. Ultrasound
High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) stimulates collagen production by penetrating deep skin layers with heat energy. Ultrasound can lift and tone loose skin as well as minimize fine lines and wrinkles. Two collagen-stimulating forms of ultrasound include:

 

  • Ultherapy is a US FDA-cleared German brand of HIFU. It’s used around the globe, and you can read about it in everything from The New York Times to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop.
  • HIFU, marketed as Ultra Skin, is an HSA-approved treatment that works similarly to Ultherapy. Both are similar in effectiveness, though HIFU is offered at a lower price and reported to be more comfortable by patients.

 

Ultrasound can treat the eyebrows, cheeks, lower jaw/jowls, chin, neck and décolletage.

 

Consult our doctors to discuss which treatments are suitable for you.