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Friday, 01 December 2017 22:20

How Collagen Rejuvenation Treatments Work

Collagen rejuvenating treatments are based on the principle that the skin has a natural abilitiy to repair itself whenever it is subjected to any kind of physical damage.  Immediately after an injury such as a cut, burn or an abrasion our body goes into a healing response and part of that response mechanism is to produce new collagen and elastin fibers.

Collagen is the main protein found in our bones, muscles and tendons.  It makes up 75 percent of our skin forming the scaffold that strenthens our connective tissue. There are several different types of collagen but two types in particular, Type I and Type III Collagen, are responsible for the majority of our skin’s regeneration.  When the skin is injured Type III Collagen begins the healing process and is followed in the later stages of wound repair by Type I Collagen, which is stronger and more resilient.

As children, our skin is rich with Type III Collagen. This is why a child's skin is soft and supple, enabling it to repair very quickly when injured. As we enter adulthood production of Type III Collagen slows and the production of Type I Collagen begins to increase. Type I Collagen continues to build until we reach the age of around thirty-five and then starts to decrease.

This is when true aging begins. Existing collagen degrades and the formation of new collagen decreases.  Due to this reduction in collagen our skin becomes thinner and less elastic, pore size increases, facial spider veins and sun damage become more apparent, fine lines begin to appear, wrinkles become deeper and our skin loses its natural youthful radiance. These issues then become steadily worse as time progresses.

Collagen production can, however, be stimulated with what we call a controlled injury.  When the face is cut, for example, Type I and Type III Collagen are released to repair the wound. This is the body’s normal wound-healing response.  It is this normal wound-healing response that treatments such as Micro-Needling, RadioFrequency, IPL and Clinical Peels are based on to naturally increase the production of collagen in the skin.

With the presence of new collagen the skin’s condition begins to improve.  It becomes plumper and suppler, wrinkles and scars diminish,  skin tightens,  uneven skin texture is smoothed, pore size appears smaller, and blemishes fade. With each treatment more new collagen is produced and the overall quality of the skin continues to improve.  

What are the after effects?

Topicals for home skin care maintenance are recommended to extend results and of course to continue to protect the collagen you have.

Vital A Serum contains L-Retinol that helps to promote collagen production and slow down the loss of elastin in skin tissue. The exfoliation effect of Vital A Serum also removes the dead skin cell layers and improves acne as well.

Vital C Serum (ascorbic acid) is essential for the synthesis of collagen.  In fact collagen cannot be built without vitamin C and its antioxidant properties make it a vital ingredient for skin health.  Studies have shown that maximal absorption in the skin is achieved with a 20% vitamin C solution. Although not a suncscreen Vitamin C is also recommended for it's antioxidant activity that limits the damage caused by UV exposure.

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New technology and products come out every day promising the secrets to the fountain of youth, so it’s vital to do your research and know what each treatment does in order to make an educated decision on the right products and procedures when treating age related skin conditions especially for collagen compromised skin. True anti-aging treatments (in order to be worth their weight) must stimulate collagen production, in order to make skin look plump, smooth and young again.

Many clinical skin care specialists believe that some degree of laser resurfacing or deep chemical peels are the most effective treatment for collagen stimulation to reverse the signs of aging. While we can attest to some remarkable results with those treatments we are also big advocate of a skin rejuvenation technique called Micro Needling as a healthy collagen boosting alternative.

First what exactly is Micro Needling?

The principle of skin needling is to stimulate the body’s own production of collagen. Dermal Micro Needling involves the use of a sterile roller comprised of a series of fine, sharp needles to puncture the skin or a needling pen. The needling device is rolled or stamped over the surface of the skin to create many microscopic channels deep into the dermis of the skin, which stimulates your own body to produce new collagen.

This treatment improves your skin by inducing the increased production of collagen, facilitating natural repair and growth, making the skin stronger and thicker. The new collagen can fill depressed scars and wrinkles from the bottom up lifting the depression area so that it becomes level with the surrounding skin. This process takes 2-3 months to produce visible results and can also help thicken thinner fine skin types.

Micro Needling has several advantages over other collagen boosting alternatives. The most important one is that the epidermis, the surface layer of the skin that is your natural skin protection barrier, remains intact! While the channels created by the needling in the epidermis have closed within hours, underneath a new collagen-structure is starting to form.

Micro Needling has been used successfully to treat fine lines, wrinkles, lax and sun-damaged skin; to reduce the appearance of stretch marks; to improve acne ice pick scars; and to induce hair re-growth. It has also been used to tighten skin. The advantages of this procedure are that the skin becomes thicker with more than a great increase in collagen deposition.

Micro Needling is a treatment to deliver results. You may feel some pressure and a slight prickling as the needles roll over the treatment area. In medical needling cases a topical anesthetic is applied prior to your procedure so there is minimal discomfort. After treatment your skin may exhibit a mild redness, which can last a few hours and the skin may be slightly sensitive. To protect and soothe the skin, enhancing protective cream is recommended for the first 24 to 48 hours as a home care regimen.

After a treatment mineral makeup may be used on the treated area face after 48 hours, though just keeping the skin moist often looks better and assists in faster healing time. It is important to protect the new skin from the sun by using a broad spectrum sunscreen daily. 

Our expert aestheticians have reduced acne scarring, wrinkles and blemishes with micro-needling. If you would like to learn more about the procedure and what results you can expect stop by Institut' DERMed Spa in Buckhead for a complimentary consultation.



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Thursday, 30 July 2015 15:59

Back to School Facial Treatments

Treatment Spotlight: Complexion Perfection Treatments
Perfect for Back to School!

How to Choose the Right Facial for You

With so many treatment options, selecting a facial for your skin can feel like a tricky task.   Basic facials are great for most skin types and conditions, dry to oily, and will contain a corrective cleansing and toning, an exfoliation, mask, infusion serum, and moisturizer with product selections customized for your skin.  Let’s break down the basic facial menu by skin condition and the results you’re looking for.

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