What is Collagen – Breaking Down the Beauty Benefits

“Collagen” is a word that we have seen floating around in the anti-aging realm for a while now. You might think it’s just another beauty industry buzzword, but collagen has an important role to play in your physical biology as well as your aesthetics. What is collagen and what is it’s role in anti-aging?

What Is Collagen?

Accounting for approximately 33% of all protein in the human body—making it the most abundant protein—collagen contributes to skeletal, joint, muscle, tendon, dental, hair, and skin health. It’s primary role is to fasten together cells and tissues to support the shape and integrity of various structures in the body. Simply, collagen acts as a sort of flexible glue or framework that keeps the body looking and functioning at it’s best.

Collagen’s Beauty Benefits

In terms of anti-aging beauty benefits, collagen is often associated with healthy, firm, smooth skin. Higher collagen levels contribute to a rejuvenated appearance, including greater skin elasticity, plumpness, and smoothness. Collagen also contributes to hair health, with higher collagen levels being linked to stronger tresses, delayed graying, and even potential increased hair growth.

What Causes the Body to Produce Less Collagen?

Age is a definite factor in decreased collagen levels. With time, collagen production naturally slows: after age 20, our bodies produce roughly 1% less collagen in the skin per year. But there are also common lifestyle factors that can negatively impact collagen levels over time. Do any of these look familiar?

  • Smoking — the chemicals found in tobacco smoke damage collagen and elastin in the skin, while reducing the amount of oxygen delivered to skin cells, which slows cell turnover.
  • High blood sugar — A diet high in sugar causes sugar in the blood to bond to more proteins, creating AGEs (Advanced Glycation End products), which are molecules known to destroy collagen proteins.
  • A diet low in vitamin C — The body requires vitamin C to naturally produce collagen, so a diet lacking adequate sources of vitamin C leads to collagen degradation.
  • Prolonged exposure to pollution — Environmental pollution can create free radicals that affect skin by increasing protein oxidation and the depletion of collagen.
  • Sun exposure — The sun’s UV rays damage collagen deep in the dermis, resulting in wrinkles, a loss of elasticity… and increased pigmentation.

How to Boost Collagen Production

While collagen powders and supplements have made their rounds on social media, their effectiveness is still being studied. The question is whether these supplements really work to promote collagen production in the body, since collagen does not enter and remain in the body as a whole protein when ingested. Essentially, when any collagen supplement or dietary source (such as bone broth) is consumed, the body breaks this collagen down into its basic building blocks: amino acids. The body then uses these amino acids where they’re needed for optimal health. If the body is lacking in collagen, it may reproduce collagen from the broken down amino acids—but that’s only if it needs collagen. If collagen is sufficient, those amino acids will be used elsewhere in the body. This means that the efficacy of these supplements in boosting collagen levels remains up for debate.

As for anti-aging collagen creams, they won’t significantly boost collagen levels in skin. Collagen proteins are much too large to be absorbed deep into the dermis of the skin where collagen is needed to maintain skin’s structural integrity. Skin care products containing amino acid precursors or peptides – which are much smaller particles – are much more effective in penetrating to the middle layer of the skin and kick starting targeted collagen production.

Likewise, anti-aging multi-polar radio frequency treatments can offer an effective means to promote skin’s natural collagen production. Using technology that’s safe for all skin tones, these non-surgical treatments utilize radio frequency to deliver targeted energy deep below the skin’s surface, creating heat within the dermis of the skin. This heat kick starts skin’s natural collagen production cycle, boosting overall collagen levels for plumper, smoother-looking skin and an overall younger-looking appearance.

To learn more about non-surgical radio frequency anti-aging treatments and how they could boost your skin’s collagen levels, feel free to drop us a note.

Are Medical Aesthetic Treatments Right For You?

Everywhere you turn, there’s a new beauty regimen, skin treatment, or facial product screaming your name. Celebrities seem to be trying something new every day, and your co-worker must have gotten something done… she looks fabulous. But how do you know if you’re a candidate for medical aesthetics? Trying different treatments can be both enticing and intimidating, and it’s often hard to evaluate whether experimenting with something new is a good idea. If the following statements are important to you, you might be ready for medical aesthetics:

You’re Not Ready for Surgery

Surgical transformations can be painful and invasive, even if the results are dramatic. Surgery also comes with the risk of infection, downtime, potential scarring, and side effects that not everyone searching to improve their appearance is willing to undertake. That’s why medical aesthetics make for a great surgical alternative with none of the discomfort and downtime. The best part about these particular treatments is that most of them take less than an hour, so you can get in, get out, and get on with your day.

You Want to Erase the Wrinkles, Not the Years

Medical aesthetics aren’t about erasing what makes you who you are; they’re about letting you put your best face forward; they’re about helping to bring out the best possible you. While treatments are effective and long-lasting, they’re not unnatural. So whether you’re looking to smooth out wrinkles, shrink pores, melt fat, reduce scarring or stretch marks, or correct discoloration, you’ll still look like you – just a more radiant, youthful version.

You’re Looking for Results That Last

Results from surgery and other types of treatments can be time-consuming, painful, and short-term, but that’s not the case with our treatments. With each session, your transformation will become more noticeable and lasting. Many patients report seeing results for years following a treatment program!

Safety Is Your #1 Priority

Safety is our #1 priority, too. Unlike many other medical aesthetic procedures, Venus radio frequency treatments are safe for all skin tones, so you won’t have to worry about discoloration or damage to your skin.

Medical aesthetics are quickly becoming the ‘go to’ solution for patients and physicians alike as a means for dealing with common skin and body imperfections without surgery or downtime. If this sounds familiar, then medical aesthetics might be for you. Are you ready to find out? If you’re looking to…

  • Eliminate unsightly lesions, like milia bumps or skin tags, opt for a quick Vasculyse 2G RF treatment… quick, like 15 minutes.
  • Rejuvenate skin, including reducing sun damage and discoloration, try Venus Versa™ IPL laser skin rejuvenation treatments.
  • Improve the appearance of scarring, enlarged pores, deep wrinkles, rosacea, and other textural irregularities, try Venus Viva™ skin resurfacing treatments.
  • Firm up sagging skin, combat stubborn cellulite, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles, try Venus Freeze™ anti-aging skin tightening and body shaping treatments.

All of these options and more are available at The Clinic Medical Aesthetics + Wellness. If any of this made you curious… please feel free to book a complimentary consultation. We’re happy to help.