The first noticeable signs we see with collagen loss are hollowing in the temples, and heaviness in the nasolabial folds (laugh Lines), making them visible and more prominent. Additionally, the jowls and marionettes (bottom corners of the mouth to chin) start to sag, and our once stellar jawline, is not as defined.
Whether we like it or not, aging is a fact of life, but looking your age doesn't have to be. As we get older, our facial fat pads (the good fat, of course, that we want) shrivel up under the visible surface. Think of a juicy grape that turns into a raisin. This results in what we see as drooping, hollowness, and an overall lackluster appearance (dull/dingey even). This may seem like an aggressive comparison but remember that grape didn't raisin up overnight.
One of the main reasons this can happen more rapidly, would be a lack of proper skin care or unhealthy diet ????(mostly referring to your water intake- eat your water if you can't drink it – more on that later).
So, what do we do??? Should we take advantage of treatments that can give us what we want now? ABSOLUTELY!
Can we start adding in healthier habits slowly? Of course!
YET, we should ALSO take care of our skin by not only sprinting to the finish line like the hare (which we all know ends up finishing last) but having the momentum of the tortoise and finishing the race with consistent momentum.
How do we do that? STIMULATE NATURAL COLLAGEN. How long does it take? A lifetime of commitment.
It's a hard pill to swallow, yes, I know, but it's a lot easier than you may think.
There are many ways as to how one can stimulating collagen.
The easiest way to do so is being consistent with your anti-aging skincare routine. Daily. Morning and night. 365 days of the year. I tell everyone I know that doing your daily routine is your homework. You do this every day to prep for the test (which are your treatments) so that you have the necessary tools to pass with flying colors. If you don't do your homework, you're not going to be as prepared as you would've wanted to, and might even be concerned that you're spending all this time and money on treatments that aren't giving you the results that you were promised.
Products that contain AHA/BHA acids, Growth Factors, Vitamin C, Peptides, Antioxidants will be your best friends. Each one has a specific role in how they help to stimulate collagen, exfoliate, tighten, brighten, and protect against harsh environments. Look out for a future blog of me talking in more detail of what these ingredients do, how far they drive down into the skin, and when you should be using them.
Some of you might be rolling your eyes saying, "products don't work, this is just a selling ploy", but I'm here to tell you, that this is fact and not #fakenews.
Yet, It is proven that people who experience acne have healthier skin in the long run compared to patients that are dry due to a rigorous treatment plan that requires eating habits to change, products to be used religiously, and treatments like Chemical Peels, Genesis, and Micro-Needling to be done to help correct inflammation, pigment, and scarring. Constant stimulation, creates happy, healthy collagen support.
I, myself, am acne-prone, and I can confidently say that my skin is healthier, more vibrant, and youthful compared to my family and friends that are the same age as myself that don't really have any major concerns.
Now, for the test. There are various treatments that are very popular in our office for rebuilding collagen such as PicoSure Laser, PRF injections or topical infusion, PDO Threads, ThermiSmooth, Ulthera, and Micro-Needling. Personally, I have tried the majority of these treatments; whether it was for a series or for maintenance, and I truly love the results of each one.
The reason why there are so many treatments to choose from is that not everyone is the same. It is important to take into consideration one's occupation, the climate they live in, their skin tone, if they're in the sun, what someone is willing to pay, and countless other factors. The relieving part is you don't have to worry about trying to create your own treatment plan. That's why we have Medical Providers that are very well knowledgeable and talented that know the best way to take care of you!
Here at Blue, we take pride in doing as much research as possible before we offer the services that we do. Reason why, there's a world full of promises, yet not all deliver. That's why we never promise results that are never obtainable. Honesty is key for building successful relationships with our patients.
If you'd like to schedule a consultation or just want to get some information over the phone, we are here to help. Call us today at 818-783-3600