What You Need to Know About Collagen Production

middle-aged-woman-beautiful-skinWhat is collagen? 

Some people refer to collagen as the glue that holds the body together. Think of collagen fibers as a chain-link fence. Now imagine those links rusting and falling apart; and as the links break, the fence falls. As we age our collagen production decreases resulting in sagging, crepe-like skin. In addition, fibroblasts (collagen producing cells) decrease their production of new collagen.

Once the importance of collagen in the skin is understood it is easier to understand why stimulating collagen production is the key to any good skin care and anti-aging regimen.

What can I do to stimulate collagen production in my skin?

Almost any treatment that signals a disruption in the skin cells of the body triggers an increase in collagen production; the more disruption, the greater the increase in collagen production. Heat-inducing treatments such as lasers and Pellevé top the list, but even milder treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion and IPL increase collagen production. In fact, in 2007 researchers reported that wrinkle-fillers such as Restylane promoted new collagen growth.

Can products help increase collagen?

Yes! Many products are up to the task. Retinols (Retin-A) are great at increasing cell turnover, thereby stimulating collagen production. Growth factors such as TNS Recovery Complex by SkinMedica significantly increase collagen by their reparative nature. Most importantly is the daily use of sunscreen to help prevent further skin damage and the decrease in collagen.  A great skin care regimen is very important in stimulating new collagen production.

We offer a variety of services that will help stimulate collagen production. Let us help you determine the best skin care regimen for you! Contact us at www.enhancedskincare.net to schedule your complimentary consultation.

Enhanced Skin Care Center is located at:
 24825 Eureka Rd. in Taylor, MI 48180

Reduce Wrinkles Without Surgery or Downtime!

Pelleve-Naturally-YouIs there a way to reduce wrinkles on the face or neck without injections or downtime?

Yes! Pellevé® is a wrinkle reduction treatment that uses radiofrequency technology to heat the deep layers of the skin, which helps stimulate the natural regeneration of your own collagen without affecting the surface of the skin. This new collagen production in the dermal layer helps to soften lines and wrinkles and tighten the skin.

What can Pellevé be used for?

Pellevé can treat wrinklesskin laxityjowls and the neck. It is particularly beneficial for facial areas that are otherwise hard to treat, such as bags and dark circles under the eyes and ageing lipstick lines. Pellevé benefits the neck as well – reducing crepey skin and tightening what many refer to as their “turkey waddle.”

Will it hurt?

No! This procedure is virtually painless with most patients reporting it feels like a hot stone massage.

How many treatments will I need?

Typically a series of 3-4 treatments about one month apart is recommended with touch-ups about twice a year for optimal results.

When can I resume normal activities after treatment?

There is no downtime with Pellevé and patients can apply make-up and return to normal activities immediately. Your skin may appear slightly pink for about ½ an hour.

When will I see results?

Most patients see temporary results for about 24 hours after treatment due to the plumping of the skin from the elevation of skin temperature. However, the process of regenerating collagen takes time, and therefore results will continue to improve over several months. The results are gradual as the collagen works under the skin.

Can I combine Pellevé with other treatments?

For deep lines and wrinkles Pellevé can be combined with dermal fillers. After a few treatments with Pellevé many patients need less filler to achieve the results they desire.

How do I get started at ESCC?

A complimentary consultation with the nurse at Enhanced Skin Care Center will help you determine how Pellevé will benefit you – as a replacement for fillers or in combination.

Please contact us at www.enhancedskincare.net

Enhanced Skin Care Center is located at:
 24825 Eureka Rd. in Taylor, MI 48180