What is Collagen?
Collagen is a naturally occurring protein found in the skin that makes it smooth, vibrant, and youthful. But as people age, the cells in the deeper layer of skin or dermis produce less and less of this fiber, resulting to wrinkles, sagging appearance, and leathery, dull skin.
Fortunately, it is possible to stimulate the body to produce more of this protein through deep dermal collagen regeneration and remodeling which is a non-surgical procedure. And compared with facelift surgery, this treatment involves very little risk and less downtime because no incisions are used to raise the sagging skin and correct deep lines and wrinkles.
Effectiveness and Safety of the Treatment
In general, the treatment, which is sometimes referred to as collagen lift, is safe and effective because it works with the natural physiology of skin, stimulating the fibrolast cells (which are responsible for the production of collagen) to create more of this protein. Aside from regeneration, the procedure also organizes the collagen fiber structure in order to correct loss of firmness and deep facial wrinkles.
Because the procedure involves the use of laser, a cooling device or gel is applied before the light-emitting device is pressed against the skin.
To be on the safe side, a patient should make sure the treatment is only conducted by a dermatologist, cosmetic surgeon, or licensed medical professional. It is important to note that the risk of burns and other complications are extremely rare when the procedure is performed under experienced hands.
How Deep Collagen Regeneration and Remodeling Is Performed
During the procedure, a device which releases infrared laser light is gently pressed against the skin to stimulate more production of collagen in the dermis. This is possible because the laser is absorbed by the water in the deeper layer of the skin, thereby heating the tissue and inducing it to form new collagen fibers.
To achieve a dramatic result, the procedure is performed three to six times and about a month apart because the collagen production often begins two to three weeks following a treatment. However, the skin will continue improving for the next three months until the complexion becomes tighter and more youthful.
Depending on the intensity of the laser light, there may be some mild to moderate discomfort which can be alleviated by a topical or injected anesthesia, and a slight warming sensation on the treated area.
Ideal Candidates for the Treatment
In general, the deep dermal collagen regeneration and remodeling is ideal for older patients suffering from deep facial wrinkles, sagging, and fine lines especially around their eyes, under their chin, at the corners of their mouth, and along their jaw line; and are not willing to undergo facelift surgery and other invasive procedures.
Prolonging the Result
After completing the treatment, it is ideal to have a yearly “maintenance” to retain the youthful, vibrant complexion. Also, a good skin care regimen—which includes using sunscreen with high SPF and moisturizers—is important to prevent photoaging, hyperpigmentation, and other signs of aging.