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Can You Boost Your Skin’s Collagen Production? Kansas City, MO

In a word, yes! To get you started on your own collagen-boosting regimen, here’s what you need to know and how we can help at aNu Aesthetics & Optimal Wellness.

Why is collagen important?

Collagen is the main protein providing structure to your skin and body. Collagen works synergistically with elastin to help keep your skin supple and elastic. As we age, our collagen levels decrease, resulting in thinner, more fragile skin with volume loss. While we can’t reverse our body’s natural aging process, there are things we can do to help boost collagen production in our skin and help diminish signs of aging.

So, how can you boost collagen growth?
If you’re looking for dramatic age-defying improvements — and frankly, who isn’t? — your best bet is a multi-faceted approach featuring professional skin renewing treatments and medical-grade skin care products. Hands down, we see the best results here at aNu among patients who adopt this multi-level approach, including:

1. Skin rejuvenation treatments
All our skin rejuvenation treatments at aNu Aesthetics & Optimal Wellness have one goal: to renew your skin and trigger its natural healing response. When your skin is injured, it goes into healing mode, triggering the growth of vibrant new collagen and elastin. Any skin rejuvenation that “injures” your skin can do the trick, but we can tailor your treatment to your skin’s unique needs. For example, if you have pock marks from acne or other textural issues, we may perform Morpheus8 microneedling RF or Halo fractional laser skin resurfacing. We may also combine your skin resurfacing treatment with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), Platelet-Rich Fibrin (PRF) or Exosomes for a synergistic boost of skin renewal. If your issues are primarily pigmentation such as age spots, we may recommend photofacials, a non-invasive intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment that corrects hyperpigmentation, redness, rosacea and small veins/broken capillaries. During your personal consultation, we can help you choose the ideal skin renewing treatment or combination treatment for you. All our technologies are personally tailored to your unique needs and are extremely effective at smoothing away imperfections and stimulating the growth of smoother, healthier looking skin.

2. Medical-grade skin care
In tandem with your professional skin renewing treatments is your results-driven skin care regimen, which you perform in the privacy of your own home on a daily basis. The reason we specify medical-grade skin care is because results are everything. The medical-grade skin care lines we carry at aNu have been clinically formulated and tested so you know exactly what you are getting and which results you can expect. Also worth noting: medical-grade formulations are often more potent and formulated for optimal effectiveness, featuring synergistic combinations of results-driven ingredients like peptides and antioxidants to bring out your best skin. For example, Alastin® Skin Care is formulated with patented TriHex™ technology that clears away cellular debris, priming the skin for maximum collagen and elastin growth. Alastin is formulated to work synergistically with your professional skin treatments to bring out your best results. They’ve even formulated a post-injectables serum to speed healing and maximize your results!

For boosting collagen growth, another essential ingredient to look for is retinoids or retinols. (Trentinoin – brand name Retin-A – is probably the most well-known retinoid, first introduced in the 1960s as an acne treatment.) Retinoid/retinol is a vitamin A-based drug that’s clinically proven to stimulate new collagen growth, speed cellular turnover and stimulate the growth of new blood vessels, resulting in a wide range of complexion improvements, including fading dark spots, evening skin tone and diminishing lines and wrinkles. Each one of our medical-grade skin care lines includes some form of retinol. It is also worth noting that many of our medical-grade skin care lines may also include retinol alternatives, which are formulated to be gentler on skin while providing benefits comparable to retinol. For example, Bakuchiol is a chemical compound with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Two other retinol alternatives are Granactive Retinoids and rosehip oil.

What about collagen supplements?
We’re happy to report that research on collagen supplements shows promise. According to a 2019 literature review of double-blind placebo controlled studies in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, collagen was shown to increase skin elasticity, collagen density and overall hydration. Several collagen supplements are available on our website through Fullscript™, which carries only the highest quality of medical-grade supplements. If you need help choosing the supplement that meets your needs, please call us at (816) 208-8577 or email us at today!

Last, but not least, here are three collagen-killers to avoid at all costs: Sun exposure, smoking and pollution!
You could do all the collagen boosting tricks in the book but will undo all the benefits by failing to protect your skin. Be sure to apply a sunscreen packed with antioxidants every day of the year, rain or shine, to protect your skin from both UV damage and pollution, and do not smoke (it’s murder on skin, leading to free radical damage, lines, wrinkles, dullness…the list of horrible side effects from smoking is endless).

For more information on bringing out your best skin, please call us at 816-359-3310 or email us at today! You can also visit our online store and shop for results-driven, collagen-boosting skin care products from SkinMedica®, Alastin®, Colorescience® and more. Don’t worry if you can’t decide which products you need. We’ll be happy to help you select the ideal skin care formulations, sunscreens or makeup for you!

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