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Posts for tag: Collagen Regrowth

“Boost the collagen in your skin and you will turn back the hands of time!”

This is a promise that so many advertisers make. Usually it is used to promote various creams and potions.  To truly reverse the signs of aging is a difficult process. It is not enough to expect that a cream will do the job if the body is lacking the building blocks to remake the lost collagen. Your body needs the proper tools to regenerate collagen to therefore look and feel younger.

So how do we give the body what it needs to amplify collagen regrowth?

A study conducted by M.Brincat, PhD1 looked at postmenopausal women who received 4 different regimens of estrogen replacement therapy.  The groups had baseline collagen measured by using a 3mm punch to test the skin on their thighs.  Each group was started on one of four different therapies. 

  • Estrogen gel .5 mg.
  • Estrogen 50 mg. administered as a subcutaneous pellet 
  • 50 mg subcutaneous Estrogen pellet paired with a 100 mg testosterone pellet
  • 100 mg estrogen pellet

These treatments were administered for the next six months. Additional skin sampling was done again after 3 and 6 months of therapy. 

What were the results?

The two groups that did well were the 50 mg Estrogen subcutaneous pellet as well as the 50 mg Estrogen subcutaneous pellet paired with the 100 mg testosterone subcutaneous pellet.  It should be noted that neither the gel nor the very high dose of estrogen gave an increase in collagen.

So what does that mean for me as the patient?

When interpreting these results and drawing our conclusion, we can easily see that it is important to have your hormones at an optimal level to increase and maintain good collagen levels. Our goal is to maintain a more youthful look by maintaining and increasing the health of your skin. Estrogen and Testosterone have a direct impact on our collagen, which is the protein responsible for the structure of our skin.

Are hormones the only answers for anti-aging?

No they are not. If you then choose to do the other therapies like fillers, laser treatments and BTL treatments you will potentially see greater benefits for your money spent on other anti-aging treatments when you hormones are optimized.


1M.Brincat, PhD, MRCOG, E.Versi, MRCOG, et al:  Skin Collagen Changes in Postmenopausal Women recieving different regimens of estrogen therapy.  Obstetrics and Gynecology 70:1, 1987.

Facial Aging – What Happens?    

Many factors contribute to aging skin. They include sun exposure, lifestyle, gravity and time. Visible changes of facial aging are lines, wrinkles, cheek droop, hooding of the upper eye lid, sagging neck and jowl formation.  The facial aging process begins with changes on the surface of the skin and the tissue and structures below the surface. It not only includes the skin, but the fat, muscle and bone as well. Having the right amount of fat in all the right places creates a youthful look. 

As we age, there is a redistribution, accumulation and atrophy of fat that can lead to facial volume loss.  The forehead and cheeks are areas that lose fat while the mouth and jowl tend to gain fat.  The fat pads in the face move further apart with age which makes them appear as separate structures creating contour deficiencies in the facial appearance.  

Significant bone loss also occurs with age which may be due to bone expansion and resorption.  Bone resorption leads to volume loss.  Bone provides necessary structural support, and without it, there will be visible changes in the soft tissue and skin. Aging also brings a significant reduction in collagen and the skin becomes thinner, dryer, and less elastic.

Age related collagen loss weakens your skin’s inner structure, reducing its ability to maintain elasticity and moisture.  Underlying changes that occur include the decline in collagen production, weakened collagen fibers and the loss of elasticity. The loss of collagen is a key factor in the aging process.

What can be done to rebuild and strengthen our collagen and slow the aging process?

At Jordan Valley Dermatology we are happy to offer BTL Treatments and Sculptra Aesthetic.  Both treatments initiate the body’s natural response to stimulate the growth of new collagen and strengthen the weak collagen to help lift, tighten and increase overall facial volume.

What is BTL?

The BTL treatment is the only non-invasive procedure FDA-cleared to lift the skin on the neck, under the chin, on the eyebrow, as well as to improve lines and wrinkles on the chest (décolletage). It is a nonsurgical ultrasound treatment for lifting and toning the skin as well as rejuvenating and strengthening the collagen.

How does BTL work?

BTL bypasses the surface of the skin to deliver focused ultra sound energy at optimal depths, temperature and precision. Also unique to BTL is the use of ultrasound imaging, which allows the practitioner to visualize the layers of the tissue being treated to ensure that energy is being safely delivered to where it will be most beneficial.  This energy initiates the body’s own natural response to strengthen weak collagen and stimulate fresh new collagen growth. The new collagen growth gradually rebuilds the dermal matrix lifting and tightening the skin.  Results are gradual (4-6 months) and can last up to two years.

What is Sculptra Aesthetic?  

Sculptra Aesthetic is an injectable treatment made from poly-L-lactic acid. It has been used in Europe since 1999 under the name of New Fill.  It was approved by the FDA in 2004 for the treatment of facial wasting especially in AIDS patients. Sculptra adds volume and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and folds and is often preferred to other dermal fillers because of its longer lasting results.

How does Sculptra Aesthetic Work?

Once injected, Sculptra Aesthetic begins working deep within the skin to stimulate the skin’s own natural collagen production, reinforcing inner structure and restoring volume. Unlike dermal fillers, which only address lines, wrinkles and folds, Sculptra addresses collagen loss and skin structure. Sculptra works gradually over time with results that can last more than two years.

Can BTL Treatments and Sculptra Aesthetics be combined?

BTL and Sculptra complement each other very well! Multi-layer tissue stimulation occurs in the combination of these two non-invasive treatments.  The stimulation of new collagen growth and strengthening of weaker collagen are what produce skin tightening, lifting and volumizing.  Individually, each treatment provides its own antiaging effects, but together the results over the next several months will be gradual, natural and amazing with long lasting results.