As we get older, our bodies’ natural processes change, and some of those changes lead to what we think of as typical signs of aging. Around age 25, natural collagen production begins to decline, and that decline continues as we get older. Less collagen production leads to thinner, less firm skin and can result in wrinkles or sagging skin. At Harmony Healing, there are several treatment options to help boost collagen production and combat those signs of aging.
We hear the word “collagen” frequently but might not fully understand its role in skin health. Collagen is a complex protein produced by our bodies and it is present in our bones, muscles and skin. Its name is derived from the Greek word for glue, as it acts as a building block in our bodies and holds a lot of our systems together. Collagen lives in the dermis, or middle layer of skin, and provides structure and firmness to the skin.
What Does Collagen Do For My Skin?
High collagen levels lead to what many people think of as “youthful” skin — skin that is firm, smooth, soft and glowing. Collagen not only helps structure the skin, but it also keeps skin hydrated and aids in overall skin health and the skin’s ability to repair itself. The skin’s elasticity and plumpness is directly related to collagen levels.
Collagen production decreases as we age, leading to less luminous, more fragile skin. This also leads to more wrinkles and less skin elasticity. While this is a natural process, some environmental factors can also impact collagen production. Sun exposure, smoking and eating too much sugar have been shown to decrease collagen levels, which can further emphasize signs of aging.
What Affects Collagen Production?
Simple tweaks to your everyday habits can help minimize those signs of aging and sometimes boost collagen levels. Changes such as a more powerful sunscreen or less sun exposure can help minimize signs of aging. A well-rounded diet that is high in lean protein, fiber and fatty acid rich oils can also promote skin health. At Harmony Healing, we offer many services including nutrition counseling, IV vitamin infusion therapy, medical weight loss and bioidentical hormone therapy that can help give your body the nutrients it needs to produce more collagen naturally.
Collagen-Stimulating Treatments Offered at Harmony Healing
At Harmony Healing, we know that taking care of your skin has benefits for not only its appearance, but your self-confidence at well. At your first appointment, we will ask questions to understand more about your health and your habits in order to recommend the best treatment. We may recommend some everyday tweaks to your diet or skincare routine to promote overall health, but we also know that everyone’s skin and circumstances are different. We proudly offer a variety of collagen-stimulating treatments for men and women that can help boost your skin’s protein levels while fitting your lifestyle and goals.
BroadBand Light Therapy (BBL™)
BBL™ is a quick and painless laser therapy that produces immediate results that improve over time. Focused laser pulses work to eliminate discoloration and stimulate new cell growth. As the pulses reach lower layers of the skin, collagen growth is stimulated, resulting in more plump and youthful skin.
Intense Pulse Light™ Therapy
IPL™ utilizes high energy light pulses to treat multiple layers of skin. The light pulses heat the deep collagen layer to get rid of undesirable collagen structures and encourage the body’s healing process. As your body heals, it boosts collagen production and creates new, healthier collagen structures.
Photofacial IPL™ is an intense pulse light skin treatment that focuses on deeper layers of skin. It targets damaged tissues and encourages new cell growth and collagen production without impacting the top layer of skin. As it treats deeper layers of skin, collagen structures rebuild to improve skin tone and texture.
Microdermabrasion is a non-chemical and noninvasive procedure that works to exfoliate the skin. A unique applicator gently exfoliates away the outer layer of skin, removing dead skin cells and unclogging pores, while also stimulating the skin’s natural healing process. As your skin heals, it boosts collagen production that helps give skin a firmer, plumper appearance.
HALO™ is a highly customizable treatment that uses multiple wavelengths of light to treat the skin’s surface and to firm up the skin’s deeper layers. It works to remove surface imperfections such as uneven skin tone or enlarged pores while encouraging the development of new collagen structures under the skin’s surface.
Sciton ProFractional™ laser is a quick and comfortable procedure that allows for hyper focused treatment with minimal downtime. By treating thousands of pinpoint areas, it encourages untreated skin in surrounding areas to trigger collagen production in deeper layers of skin, smoothing wrinkles and fine lines. The treatment also diminishes the appearance of surface level imperfections such as scars or acne.
Find Harmony in Your Skin
Call us today to schedule a consultation and determine the best treatment options for your skin. Our expert team will work to create a regimen that is right for you!