Collagen… It is an everyday topic in our line of work, but do you know what it is, what it does, and how to replace it? Plus… Do supplements work?

Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in the body. In fact, collagen is the main structural protein that forms the connective tissue throughout our body, from skin to bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Collagen makes up 80 percent of our skin, and works with another protein called elastin, which keeps our skin elastic. But as we age, our bodies naturally start reducing collagen production. Starting in our 20s, we begin losing about 1 percent of our collagen each year!

So how do we get more and are the bottled versions beneficial?

Collagen peptides in supplements are different. They’re made of the same amino acids as collagen but are more easily absorbed by our bodies. How much of the supplement is absorbed and whether those amino acids make it to their target organs to act as the building blocks to make more collagen is still up for debate.
In theory, the body uses the absorbed collagen peptides in areas that need repair the most. However, there is little evidence that shows if the collagen actually makes it to these areas. There are some studies that show benefits (many are backed by the companies that make the supplement) and a few double-blind studies that may show some potential. Truthfully there isn’t enough evidence yet.

So what can we do to help with collagen stimulation?

Natural collagen production is supported through a healthy and balanced diet, reducing lifestyle risk, and regular treatments that enhance collagen production. Injectables such as Profhilo are a sure way to increase your skin elasticity and hydration.

Profhilo is one of the most innovative and effective skin boosting injections on the market. It harnesses the abilities of Hyaluronic Acid to bond to water and to stimulate collagen production. It’s designed to improve the quality, tone and texture of your skin. This stimulation of collagen helps to leave the skin fresh, tighter and dewy.

Unlike dermal filler treatments, Profhilo will not change the integrity of your facial structure, it will simply boost the skin’s radiance and texture. If you find that your skin is ‘sagging’ and you have lost a lot of weight or volume, fillers may be a better path for you to achieve your desired results.

If you would like more information on how injectables can improve the look of your skin and help rejuvenate you, please book in for a consultation.


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