Collagen, collagen, COLLAGEN!

By now you’ve seen us feature countless treatments and procedures that attest to rebuilding or creating new collagen in the skin. Some of you may be wondering: What is collagen? Why is it so important? And, just why is my dermatologist so concerned about me losing it?!

Let’s start by discussing what collagen is:

Collagen is a naturally produced protein that supports the structure of our body. Collagen can be found in our muscles, bones, tendons and of course skin. It gives our skin texture, shape and elasticity – making it an extremely important component of the body.

How do we lose collagen?

There are several factors that contribute to the loss of collagen. The aging process being the main cause, some others include: exposure to the sun and pollution, overall health, heredity, injuries, and lifestyle choices (Ex: smoking).

What happens when you lose collagen?

Two words. LINES and WRINKLES. The dreaded two things no one is anticipating to see on their face. Collagen is directly linked to the appearance of skin on the surface. Once the skin starts to lose the inner structure formed by collagen, lines and wrinkles begin to visibly form on the surface of the skin.

What can we do to fix it?

As mentioned previously Kahn Dermatology offers a number of treatments and procedures that stimulate the formation of new collagen. The following treatments have proven to help stimulate collagen regrowth:

  • Thermage - This non-invasive procedure contracts and stimulates collagen growth to tighten and firm the skin.
  • Collagen P.I.N. – Creates a controlled injury to the dermal and epidermal section of the skin prompting collagen and elastin growth.
  • Selphyl – Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is extracted from your blood, and injected into the face to stimulate collagen growth.
  • Titan Laser – This device heats the dermis with infrared energy beneath the skin to create smoother, firmer and tighter skin.
  • Genesis Laser – Genesis also uses a type of heat to target the upper dermis under the skin’s surface to promote collagen regrowth.

The three fillers listed below help fill in the lines and wrinkles that are a result of the loss of collagen.

  • Restylane
  • Juvederm
  • Radiesse

To see more what Kahn Dermatology offers, visit our services page.

To schedule consultations for any of the treatments mentioned in this blog post contact our Cosmetic concierge!