February 5, 2023

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The power of collagen: the protein of youth

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Collagen production decreases with advancing age approximately between 1.0 and 1.5% due to changes in our body and other external factors.

Skin care becomes a routine that requires more attention over the years, since some metabolic functions of our body begin to decrease, reflecting on our skin, starting with the levels of collagen production.

Being collagen a protein that gives structure to many places in the body, such as skin, hair, nails, bones, ligaments and tendons. This constitutes 75% of the dry weight of the skin and, in addition, plays a fundamental role in the structure and function of the cells and tissues of the body, such as the cornea, the gums, the blood vessels, and the scalp. However, each year, the production of this protein in our body is reduced by 1.5%, generating sagging, dull and aged skin.

There are great allies to promote collagen production and restore skin firmness, hydration and quality, such as collagen biostimulators.

Specialists in aesthetic dermatology give recommendations in order to avoid premature skin aging, since due to our lifestyle it can be decisive in the production of collagen. For example, smoking or spending long periods of time in the sun without protection can decrease its production.


Prevention for the loss of collagen in the skin

Making use of sunscreen acting as a physical filter, essential to prevent collagen from being replaced by elastic fibers. In addition, this protection prevents UV rays from activating free radicals or molecules in our body that generate oxidative stress in the cell and, subsequently, lead to the degradation of collagen and elastin.


Increased production of this protein

An essential key to the production of collagen is food, to help the body maintain healthy skin, including fish, nuts, some fruits and vegetables.

Today there are options such as collagen biostimulators that improve the quality of the skin, its firmness and elasticity while maintaining younger looking skin. It also reduces flaccidity and improves facial contours. They naturally promote the formation of new collagen similar to that found in our skin, stimulating cells called fibroblasts that are responsible for the production of this protein.


Functioning of collagen biostimulators

The application of collagen stimulators is carried out in the office, it is an outpatient procedure, fast and safe. The application is done by injection and can be done with a needle or fan-shaped microcannulas, depositing the product in the deep layers of the skin (dermis). Some professionals apply topical anesthesia prior to treatment or apply local anesthesia at the site of introduction of the microcannula to make this procedure an even more comfortable experience. The duration of clinical effects can be up to 1.5 years depending on the unique characteristics of each patient.


Other procedures that help recover collagen

There are many procedures designed to stimulate collagen production. For example, there are collagen induction therapy with microneedles, radiofrequency with microneedles, peelings, microfocused ultrasound (Ultherapy) and Laser.

The selection of each procedure must be determined by the needs of each patient, as well as the recovery time that each of these has, the costs and possible adverse effects. These reach different depths and therefore have a different impact on collagen production. Published by The USA Herald, news and information agency.

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