Collagen is a key structural protein of the skin. Unfortunately, the skin decreases collagen production as we age, which results in wrinkles, fine lines and hollowness. More than 80 percent of the skin is composed of collagen, holding together ligaments and tendons as well. Collagen creams have been around for decades, however they haven’t proven to be very successful.
Fraxel is one of the most effective ways to stimulate collagen production. It Is a laser that performs fractional resurfacing and results show a 15 to 50 percent renewal of skin and ultimately reverse the signs of aging. A microscopic-deep column treats the skin in microscopic sections at a time. Once damage is created, the skin replaces each tiny area with new collagen over and over again, creating a skin tightening effect with a newer layer of skin. The body’s natural healing process creates the new and healthy tissue to replace skin imperfections, making Fraxel one of the most effective ways to create new collagen.
Skin tightening and new collagen production can also be achieved with Thermage. Thermage uses radiofrequency technology to deliver heat to collagen into the deeper layers of the skin and its underlying tissue while simultaneously helping to protect the outer layer of skin with its cooling system, ThermaCool. Dr. Rokhsar was involved in several research projects to investigate the effectiveness of Thermage for skin tightening following liposuction of the abdomen and breasts.
If you’re not ready to commit to laser or heat therapy for collagen production and skin tightening, then changing your diet could bring about some youth-enhancing results. Foods rich in vitamin C, vitamin B3 and copper all provide broken tissue repair and enhancing collagen production. Vitamin C can be found in watermelon, cooked leafy green, spinach, mango, green peppers, oranges and blueberries. Foods rich in vitamin B3 include tuna, peanuts, swordfish, beets and sunflower seeds. Foods that contain copper are in enriches cereals, mushrooms, peanuts and clams.