Is there a way to nourish your skin and replace collagen and dead cells from the deep layers of your skin?
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Ways to boost collagen
There are other products on the market, from the SkinMedica line, that I encourage my patients to use. TNS Essential Serum contains growth factors that really do improve the overall quality and texture of skin. HA5 is a serum that provides 5 different types of collagen to plump up the skin and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. SkinMedica prides itself on groundbreaking research; when used consistently, they do work.
Lastly, you may want to learn more about Ulthera. This is a non-invasive treatment using Ultrasound that causes microdamage to the facial skin and muscle layer, which stimulates collagen. It is the only FDA-approved modality to help lift the face. It can be used on the decolletage, neck, jawline, cheeks, brows and forehead. The procedure takes about an hour, and while not comfortable, most patients can tolerate it well with Motrin and topical or injectable anesthetics.
Something a little more invasive, but may also help with droopy skin and overall skin quality is a medium-depth peel or laser (fraxel). While these procedures typically do require some downtime (about a week), and you may remain persistently red for up to three weeks (but can cover this up with make-up), the results can be dramatic.
Best of luck!
Replacing lost collagen
There are a number of options from high end skin care to lasers. My best advice would be to find a board certified plastic surgeon in your area to be assessed in person. Preferably one who offers an array of non-surgical options. Just make sure that you are realistic in terms of your expectations.
Rebuilding collagen and elastin noninvasively
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Replace Collagen in your skin through Thermage
Thermage is the best way to replace collagen in your skin and help tighten the jowls and face as well. Please consult an expert for these lasers. Best, Dr. Green
Stimulating new collagen formation
Thank you for your question cceppa. Voluma is a great treatment to restore volume to various parts of the face. One thing that happens with age is that we lose collagen, the protein in the skin that makes the skin look nice and tight and firm and youthful. As a result we see wrinkles and sagging skin. Topical products that stimulate collagen include retinoids, peptides (such as those in the Alastin Skin Nectar), growth factors (SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum, Neocutis Biocream), vitamin C, and hydroxyl acids. Treatments that stimulate collagen include microneedling, dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, fractional laser resurfacing, non-ablative laser treatments, chemical peels, laser skin tightening, radiofrequency, Ultherapy, and Sculptra. Please consult with a doctor for specific advice. Good luck!
Improve skin without Voluma
- Without at least a photo, one can only advise you in general.
- Many treatments improve the skin -
- A good way to start is with a skin care program such as Obagi or at least with tretinoin, combined with microneedling of the skin.
- I suggest you see a plastic surgeon or dermatologist for a skin examination and detailed recommendations.
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