It is now understood that signs of facial aging such as wrinkles, folds and sagging are a consequence of changes in the underlying skin structure, fat deposits, muscle and bone structure that support the skin.
It is thought that after the age of 25, loss of collagen is a key factor in facial ageing; collagen levels in the dermis begin to decrease resulting in a reduction in skin thickness over time. Changes in elastic fibres in addition to this collagen loss can lead to the appearance of drier, thinner, less elastic skin which begins to wrinkle and sag.
Collagen acts as a support structure for your skin. It provides overall volume and gives shape to your face. At about the age of 30 many people begin to notice the effects of collagen depletion. People who exercise regularly or have a high rate of metabolism can also experience facial volume loss.
Loss of fat deposits which provided the soft tissue fullness in our youth, as well as the redistribution of facial fat to areas such as our nasolabia and jowls contribute to the signs of aging. Finally changes in bone structure as a consequence of remodelling results in the loss of the underlying surface support for soft tissue.
All of these events over time can change the shape, proportions and contours of your face resulting
in the lines, wrinkles, folds and sagging we associate with facial aging.
With modern, aesthetic treatments available to help regain what the skin has lost, more people are choosing to lessen the impact of aging and cleverly refresh the way they look. Some of these treatments, sometimes referred to as fillers, provide a quick but relatively short-lived result (usually
6-12 months). Other treatments, such as collagen stimulators, provide a less rapid but more enduring effect (up to 2 years).
Unlike dermal fillers that restore soft-tissue volume loss by occupying or filling space, collagen stimulators are a different class of product that replace volume by encouraging your body to rebuild its own collagen.
Collagen stimulators are not used directly in wrinkles, lines and folds like traditional fillers. Instead, collagen stimulators are used in multiple areas (and tissue structures) of the face to address the volume loss that leads to their appearance.
As collagen stimulators act by stimulating your own collagen the result is a gradual reduction in lines, wrinkles and folds, producing a natural-looking result over time. The effects of collagen stimulators have been shown to last up to 2 years.
Before considering a collagen stimulator, please talk to your healthcare professional about the
suitability of a collagen stimulator for your situation.
Area’s where collagen replenishment can help restore volume and reduce lines and wrinkles include:
- Lines between your nose and mouth (naso-labial folds)
- Lines around the corners of your mouth
- Wrinkles in the cheeks and chin
- Sunken cheeks
- Recessed temple area
Before & After Collagen Stimulators
Before & After Decolletage