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Building Collagen Sherman Oaks

Collagen is a protein that helps maintain the skin healthy, firm, and youthful. This component provides vital support, strength, and sometimes elasticity, to a variety of tissues, including our skin, muscles, bones, and connective tissue.

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What is Collagen Stimulation?

Laser Collagen Stimulation

As we age, our natural collagen production drops, resulting in a gradual loss of skin thickness, fine lines, and wrinkles. At Cosmetic Injectables Center, we provide skin rejuvenation procedures that stimulate the body’s natural collagen synthesis through micro-cuts through procedures such as Microneedling, peels such as ViPeel, Injection of products such as Sculptra, heat from radiofrequency treatments – Viora such as Morpheus 8Emsculpt neo, and controlled irritation in the skin through lasers, and threads. These procedures stimulate a healing response which can increase collagen.  We can also inject these naturally derived healing proteins and growth factors directly under the skin by retrieving them from a person’s blood (ie PRP, PRF, and EZ Gel) resulting in a firmer, smoother, and more moisturized skin.

Collagen Treatments Benefits

Collagen stimulation is a slow process because the collagen is NOT injected. It has to be produced by your own skin. The modalities mentioned in this page treat signs of already aged skin by helping to “wake up” the cells and produce collagen. Some other benefits of the collagen stimulation include:

  • Skin Elasticity: Collagen stimulation procedures usually go hand in hand with elastin induction that makes the skin firmer by increasing its elasticity.
  • Wrinkle Reduction: The procedures aid in minimizing the skin’s appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Improved Skin Hydration: Collagen stimulation leads to improved skin hydration, which leaves the face looking smoother and more glowing.
  • Minimized Visible Aging Signs: By promoting collagen production, the treatments aid in reducing visible signs of aging such as sagging skin and dullness
  • Improved Blood Flow: The procedures can increase blood flow, promoting a healthier appearance and more glowing skin.
Woman Enjoying The Benefits Of A Collagen Facial Treatment With Professional Cosmetologist'S Hands Gently Framing Her Face.

Collagen Treatments Cost & Pricing Structure

Personalized treatment plans and the severity of treatment areas determine the pricing structure of the collagen injection.

  • US National Average: $100-$3,000 depending on the type of modality used, amount, and number of treatments.  
  • Our Price: Our prices are very competitive.  Please call for a consultation so our providers can assess and make recommendations, to be able to determine price;
  • Additional Costs: There are no additional costs, as no taxes are due on medical procedures.
  • Insurance: Most insurance companies do not cover cosmetic procedures. We offer a variety of payment options such as Patient Fi Care Credit for your convenience.

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Collagen Production Process

Procedures that result in the induction of collagen are usually administered by our healthcare practitioners. Depending on the modality, different types of numbing agents may be used to make the procedure comfortable.  This includes numbing creams, injection of numbing agents, or even laughing gas!

For Sculptra injections, skin can be numbed using numbing cream, but numbing agents are also mixed into the filler agent to ensure comfort.   Sculptra is then injected under the skin using a needle to promote collagen production over the following 6 weeks. 

Threads work similarly in that the skin is numbed, and the thread is inserted under the skin using a smooth in-and-out motion of a needle (one needle insertion to deliver 1-3 threads).

For Morpheus 8, skin is topically numbed with cream for 1 hour, after which the device stamps the skin with a group of needles, delivering heat (radiofrequency) under the skin, and coming out all in about one second.  This stamping process repeats to cover the entire surface of targeted areas.  If a patient requests further numbing, our team can inject a numbing agent, or use laughing gas for extra comfort. 

Microneedling is the same process as Morpheus 8 without the radiofrequency. 

PRP/PRF/EZ gel consists of a blood draw from a vein using small butterfly needles.  Your provider will then spin the tube to separate the red part of the blood from the yellow healing proteins.  A syringe is then used to extract the yellow liquid gold from the tube. After that,  the syringe is injected under the skin to stimulate collagen production and other beneficial results.

Close-Up Of A Serene Woman Receiving A Cosmetic Filler Injection To Enhance Facial Collagen Production, Promoting Skin Rejuvenation.

Emsculpt Neo delivers the radiofrequency through a pad, while Viora delivers it through a handset.  Both do not puncture the skin as they are designed to promote collagen production without any needle pokes. 

Lasers use the same mechanism as Viora and Emsculpt Neo, but with the use of lasers.  The handpiece is directed at the skin, and a pulse of laser is exposed which feels like the snapping of a rubberband if numbing cream isn’t used. 

At Cosmetic Injectables Center, we offer complimentary numbing solutions for everyone!

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Collagen Procedures

At Cosmetic Injectables Center, we offer a variety of procedures that stimulate collagen production and rebuild the collagen. It is important to keep in mind that these procedures work best at PREVENTING collagen depletion. Here are the most common medically approved modalities:

A Woman Undergoing A Non-Surgical Microneedling Procedure For Collagen Stimulation And Skin Revitalization In A Clinical Setting.
  • NovaThreads: Your skin responds to the sutures gently after NovaThreads are placed, triggering a “selective inflammatory response” that strengthens and produces collagen. Within four to six months post-procedure, your skin will completely absorb the NovaThread, leaving behind new collagen.
  • Microneedling: Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure used to boost elastin and collagen production by using tiny sterilized needles to make micro-cuts in the skin.
  • PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma): PRP is a procedure where the injected liquid is plasma with a high platelet concentration. By isolating and injecting this “liquid gold,” we can bypass the need for cellular damage to call over healing proteins that improve our skin for their anti-aging and other beneficial effects directly. Since it’s derived from your own body, PRP is one of the most natural ways to stimulate new and healthy cell growth and induce collagen production.
  • PRF (Platelet Rich Fibrin): To promote cell growth in the affected area and produce thicker, healthier skin, platelets in the PRF treatment call upon magical healing proteins including growth factors, collagen synthesis, and stem cells.  The fibrin-rich liquid keeps the beneficial proteins around longer, leading to more benefits.
  • EZ Gel: Very similar to PRF, but the heated portion of the plasma keeps the proteins around even longer than the fibrins in PRF, so the beneficial properties can work for a longer period.

Collagen Depletion Causes

As we previously mentioned, collagen is a vital protein for skin elasticity and joint health, and it can be depleted due to various factors. Here are some key causes:

  • Smoking: It is well known that smoking reduces the formation of collagen, which leads to wrinkles;
  • High Sugar and Refined Carbs Intake: Consuming too much sugar causes glycation, which results in the production of AGEs (Advanced Glycation End Products), which can damage collagen production.
  • Ultraviolet (UV) Light Exposure:  Excessive UV radiation, primarily from sunlight, is a major cause of collagen loss, which has an impact on skin health.
  • Aging: Collagen depletion is a natural part of the aging process, resulting in signs like wrinkled skin and stiff joints.
  • Inadequate Protein Consumption: Sufficient protein consumption is necessary for the formation of collagen, and insufficient amounts of collagen or calories in general (such as with aggressive dieting) can speed up the breakdown of collagen and impact skin health overall.
Concerned Woman Inspecting Her Forehead For Signs Of Wrinkles Due To Collagen Depletion.

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Collagen Treatments FAQs

How long does it take to rebuild collagen naturally?

The process of rebuilding collagen naturally takes 3 to 12 weeks depending on the modality used. The results can last up to two years, depending on the area(s) treated and the collagen-rebuilding process used.

How do you know when collagen is working?

Within three months post-procedure, you are supposed to see the skin benefits. Your skin should become more glowing, tighter, and stronger. The hair follicles (treated in the scalp with PRP, PRF, EZ Gel, and/or microneedling), additionally, can appear stronger.

How long does it take for collagen to make a difference?

In general, patients feel the difference after 3 to 12 weeks post-procedure. However, many factors play a role in collagen synthesis stimulation including the patient’s history, lifestyle, and diet.

How does the body produce collagen naturally?

The process of collagen production starts in the cells where procollagen goes through different compartments like ER (endoplasmic reticulum), and GB (Golgi Body). When it leaves the cell, peptide chains are cleaved, and the collagen is formed.

How do you take collagen effectively?

If you decide to take collagen supplements, the best way is on an empty stomach when stomach enzymes are minimal and the absorption of collagen molecules may be more likely. However, nowadays, there are collagen stimulation procedures that can boost synthesis of collagen more effectively than taking supplements which usually get broken down in the stomach.

How do you maintain collagen?

Adopting a healthy lifestyle and avoiding extreme diets are crucial for maintaining the collagen level. You should avoid smoking, high-sugar and refined carbs intake, and inadequate protein consumption.

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