• Sarah Morgan

Six Ways to Build Collagen

Collagen and elastin are the primary components of the skin as it relates to firmness and elasticity. Through the natural aging process, your body steadily produces less collagen and elastin at a rate of roughly 1% less collagen in the skin each year after turning 20yrs old. This contributes to thinner skin with fine lines and wrinkles as we age. Prevention such as a daily sunscreen and moisturizer is key to minimizing wrinkles and stimulating new collagen is key to maintaining a youthful appearance. At Maui MedSpa, we offer an assortment of services that help stimulate and produce new collagen.

Minimally Invasive Non-Surgical Thread (MINT) Smooth Threads are synthetic absorbable threads made of polydioxanone (PDO), that can be used as a non-surgical way to promote collagen. Smooth threads are placed superficially in ‘hashtag’ or crosslinked style within the targeted area. As the body absorbs the threads over the next 4-6 months, it stimulates the body to produce more collagen. Smooth threads are a great way to improve skin's appearance in a gradual and controlled way, with great results that can last more than a year!

MINT Barbed Threads are another type of PDO surgical thread that is often used for non-surgical face lifts, brow lifts and/or for non-surgical rhinoplasty procedures. All are minimally invasive procedures, giving instant lift with minimal down time! The main purpose of barbed threads is to lift the skin, creating taut skin along the nasolabial fold, jowl line and/or jaw line. As the body absorbs the threads over the six months, it naturally stimulates the body to produce more collagen around where the threads were as well. The results last around 15-18 months and can be combined with smooth threads to produce even more collagen. It’s a win-win! To learn more, check out my blog dedicated to MINT PDO Threads, that will be coming soon!

Microneedling with or without PRP can help treat skin damage from sun exposure, tighten wrinkles and make acne scars less noticeable. One of the main benefits of microneedling is stimulating new collagen and elastin. After numbing the skin with a topical agent, we use a pen device with very small fine needles to puncture the skin at various depths, creating a controlled skin injury along the top layer of your skin. Doing this, creates tiny tears, which promotes collagen production during the healing process, thus helping with scars, wrinkles and fine lines. Incorporating your own plasma rich protein (PRP) with microneedling can help with more rapid collagen remodeling, this service is known as the Dracula Facial at Maui MedSpa. I would recommend a series of 4-6 treatment sessions, one month apart for best results.

Skin Better+ is a skincare line that we offer at Maui MedSpa. I personally use a few of their products and can advocate that I truly have seen great results. Two products that stands out would be their Alto Defense Serum and AlphaRet Overnight Cream. Rather than stimulating new collagen with Alto Defense Serum, it’s a great skin product to use in addition to some of our other services, especially after microneedling. As it helps to reduce skin redness and moisturize the skin. It’s a great source of Vitamin C, which is a key antioxidant needed to fight the aging process. Alto Defense Serum also has an anti-pollution complex component, thus helping to counteract the appearance of wrinkles and uneven skin tone. Think of it as your ‘BLT’ – creating brighter, lighter and tighter results! Use AlphaRet Overnight cream in the evenings, to help support collagen and provide antioxidant protection. This particular product has a combination of retinoid and AHA (lactic acid) and glycolic acid to name a few ingredients. AlphaRet Overnight cream works specifically to reduce wrinkles, lines and uneven tones and is great to use in addition to Alto Defense Serum!

Radiesse is a calcium hydroxylapatite dermal filler that can be used to restore lost volume to the skin, but it also helps the body build collagen, making it different from other dermal fillers. Over time, Radiesse is absorbed into the body and collagen continues to naturally build in the dermal layers of the skin for up to two years. Treatment areas often include: jaw line, cheekbone contouring, chin contouring and can be added beneath the eyes with tear trough filler.

The Hydrafacial is a great way to even out skin tone, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and give your skin an awesome glow! Hydrafacials consist of deep exfoliation, cleansing, extraction to help unclog pores and adding antioxidants into the skin. The combination of these features stimulates new tissue growth and collagen production. After a single session, you’ll notice glowing skin with improved skin texture. A series of Hydrafacial treatments will help maintain and improve skin texture and alleviate fine lines and wrinkles by continuing to promote new collagen.

Many of these services can be used in conjunction with one another, providing optimal results for producing new collagen. Aging doesn’t mean you have to lose radiant and youthful skin. There are plenty of options, all of which we offer at Maui MedSpa. We are eager to help you-don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment by calling (737)240-2212 or scheduling online!


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