The loss of collagen is one of the biggest drivers for patients to seek aesthetic treatments. As collagen naturally depletes over time, it results in signs of ageing such as wrinkles and sagging skin. Patients often expect miracles from their doctors without understanding the problem to begin with. It's a good idea to equip your patients with all the relevant knowledge to get the best results. A well-rounded treatment plan including prevention, healthy lifestyle/ diet and appropriate procedure will guarantee the best results.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is a protein that makes up around three-quarters of our skin. The word 'collagen' is derived from the Greek word 'kólla', which translates to glue. Not only is it vital for our skin, but it provides structural support for bones, cartilage, tendons, organs, blood vessels and ligaments.
When collagen begins to decline in our 20's, it leads to physical changes such as wrinkles and sagging skin(along with internal effects such as breaking down of muscles and joints).
'Prevention is better than a cure', so they say, but in this case, ageing is just a fact of life. Although, there is some measure we can take that will slow down the effects of collagen depletion. Her are well-documented collagen damaging activities that are best to avoid
- Smoking and second-hand smoke. (British Journal Of Dermatology)
- Inadequate sleep. The average person needs 7-9 hours a day.
- Uncontrolled stress. chronically high cortisol decreases collagen production.
- Not enough exercise. Although unclear why, some studies have found exercise slows down the ageing process. (Harvard School of Public Health)
- Excessive sun exposure. Ultraviolet radiation reduces collagen production. (Antioxidants, Basel)
As we all know, the saying 'you are what you eat' holds much truth. Clients can't expect us to work magic on the outside if they aren't looking after their insides. The 'Collagen Diet' has been spoken about for many years, thankfully, it's pretty comprehensive and easy to follow, unlike most diets.
It is essentially a balanced diet rich in diverse plant foods for antioxidants, protein-rich foods like eggs, legumes and meat, and food that includes Zinc and Vitamin C.
There is little evidence that suggests collagen can be retrieved from collagen supplements; experts recommend that you eat a healthy diet (Harvard School of Public Health) to support your collagen level.
Collagen Boosting Procedures
During consultation, often clients will come to you with more than one skin concern. Whether it is to tighten and lift sagging skin, reduce fat pockets on the neck or improve the overall texture of their complexion. With InMode’s Morpheus Pro workstation, you’ll have the ability to give clients the results they are looking for. Morpheus Pro workstation includes both Forma and Morheus8 technologies.
The Forma, is commonly referred to as a non-surgical facelift. It uses auto-adjusting, non-invasive, thermal skin treatment that applies deep and uniform tissue stimulation. These dermal and sub-dermal heating technologies use Radio Frequency (RF) energy to stimulate the formation of new collagen and improve the body’s skin elasticity for long-lasting and remarkable results. A simple and efficient way to tone and tighten skin with zero downtime, Forma works well for all skin tones and types, on almost any part of the body.
Morpheus8 is the leading fractional RF microneedling procedure to remodel, repair and rejuvenate the skin of the face and body. It stimulates collagen production of the underlying layers of the dermis and is the only technology to treat subdermal tissue at three levels in a single pulse (up to 7mm + 1mm heat profile). Concerns such as fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, pore size reduction, remodel hard-to-reach areas such as the periorbital area, forehead, inner arms and delicate female region.
Call us today to learn more about creating the perfect collagen-boosting treatment plan for your patients using InMode technologies.