Whenever skin aging is discussed, you’ll likely see the term “collagen” come up. You’ve most likely already heard about collagen before, since it’s one of the trendiest buzzwords in the beauty industry. But what you might be thinking is, “What exactly is this ingredient, and why exactly is it such a critical aspect of maintaining healthy skin?” Collagen is the most abundant protein our bodies. It’s found in the bones, skin, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and eyes. In the skin, specifically, collagen provides structure and prevents sagging. Up to 75 percent of the skin’s support structure is made up of this substance. This protein also maintains the skin toughness, rigidity, and texture. It’s what gives skin such a plump, youthful appearance.

Unfortunately, each year after we turn 30, our collagen levels drop a bit, and the skin can’t create new high-quality collagen as effectively, which is why patients seek out treatments to replenish their stores of this protein. In fact, the reason why microneedling (also referred to as collagen induction therapy) at our Naperville-based practice is so effective for improving skin is because it stimulates collagen production to boost levels of the important molecule.

Microneedling creates tiny wounds that activate specialized cells that create new collagen. As the collagen creation process happens gradually, patients shouldn’t expect instant results. It normally takes at least eight weeks to notice improvements in the appearance of your skin, regardless of what type of methods you use. In addition to microneedling, other topical products and treatments can also be beneficial for rebuilding collagen.

Retinoids are synthetic derivatives of vitamin A that help to encourage collagen formation, support new cell growth, and may reduce the appearance of wrinkles. These are some of the most widely researched ingredients used in anti-aging products. Retinoids also help to preserve the existing collagen by neutralizing harmful free radicals. Laser skin resurfacing, alpha hydroxy acids, peptides, and biostimulatory fillers like Radiesse® can also boost collagen production.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of collagen induction therapy, contact the Naperville-based team at The John Bull Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Medispa. Call (630) 280-3913 or send a message online to request a consultation or get more information.