What does Collagen do for your Skin?
I am sure many of you are familiar with “Collagen”. We see the word “Collagen” everywhere, from skincare adverts to various aesthetic treatments, but you may not realise how crucial this is to reverse the signs of ageing. So, what is Collagen for the skin?
What is Collagen?
Collagen is one of the most important proteins in the body, working with elastin to strengthen the skin. In fact, 30% of our total protein in the body is collagen.
There are 28 types of Collagen in our body, and two are vital to skin components, Type 1 & Type 3. These proteins make up around 80% of our skin's dry weight, meaning that when we remove the water, 80% of what’s left is collagen.
Our bodies produce plenty of collagen when we are young. Then, after 25, we lose about 1% of our collagen every year. This leads to a gradual loss of skin laxity and gaining fine lines and wrinkles. That’s why collagen production is one of our skin's most critical anti-ageing factors.
How to produce more collagen?
The great thing is that we have various treatments to boost our body’s collagen production, such as RF Microneedling and HIFU. These treatments allow us to achieve natural youthful-looking results with virtually no downtime. They stimulate collagen by a “Wound healing response”. The wound is caused by heating the collagen or creating microchannels.
How long to see the results?
Collagen cells take 60-90 days to form correctly, so the ultimate results are typically seen approximately three months after the last treatment. Maintenance sessions are recommended to keep collagen production stimulated to lift, firm, and tighten the skin.