Collagen is a key protein that is present in the tissue and organs of the body. It provides vital support for the structure of the skin, keeps it smooth and supple, and contributes to skin strength and elasticity. The onset of wrinkles is a clear indication of a decline in collagen levels in the skin. Understanding how to increase collagen production, can go a long way in slowing down the signs of facial aging.
In recent times, a number of collagen stimulators that can naturally boost collagen have become available. Collagen stimulators are injected in the dermal layer of the skin, where collagen loss occurs. The substance stimulates the skin to produce more collagen.
- Radiesse is comprised of calcium based microspheres that encourage the body to replenish collagen. Since Radiesse is a filler it works fast, therefore patients will notice an immediate change after receiving injections. Radiesse works best to fill in hollows in the cheeks and chin, but can also be used to fill in folds and wrinkles. Depending on where Radiesse is used, the effects can last from 12 to 18 months.
- Sculptra is a water-based collagen stimulator, but the results are gradual and not seen immediately as is the case with Radiesse. The poly-L lactic acid in Sculptra helps the body to form collagen, and gradually increases the thickness of the skin. It also creates fullness in the sunken areas of the face, fills in folds, and improves the appearance of aging hands.