Is there any therapy (light, microwave, ultrasound, radiowave, etc.) that can build up enough facial collagen slowly over time, to add volume and fullness to the face?
Therapy for Building Facial Collagen?
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Ultherapy for building facial collagen
Ultherapy is the only nonsurgical, FDA approved treatment used to tone and tighten the face of the skin and neck. Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy below the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s creation of new collagen. As a result, skin will actually begin to lift and tone over time. We have seen great results using Ultherapy to treat facial volume loss and stimulate collagen growth.
Rejuvenation starts with volume acquisition and collagen production
Cardinal signs of youthfulness are full volume along the upper 1/3 of the face, even skin tone and texture of the complexion with minimal fine lines. Having ample amount of collagen and elastin fibers within dermis and subcutaneous tissue is critical. You will have quicker gratification with immediate acquisition of volume and collagen via fillers such as Sculptra, Radiesse and to some extent Restylane and Juvederm. Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing, Nd:Yag and other laser modalities can be helpful to stimulate collagen over a period of 3-6 months. Topical application of prescription and physician strength products such as tretinoin, tazoratene, Vitamin C serum, TNS can have an additive effect of collagen stimulation as well. Strict daily sun protection and avoidance of cigarette smoking will help to slow down the breakdown of collagen.
You are ahead of your time
This is one of my areas of interest. It would be nice to provide prophylactic treatments to patients that want to slow the aging process. Unfortunately, this is not a reality yet in terms of clinical studies.
Conceptually, any device that has been shown via peer review evidence to provide neo-collagen formation could be of value to an individual such as yourself. The exact protocol does not exist. I do see this as something that will be part of the "next" generation of device application. The companies need to know that people like you are out there.