In our last blog post “Building Collagen Part I: The Beauty of Sound,” we delved into the subject of utilizing ultrasound energy through Ultherapy® to build up the collagen in your skin. In the office, Dr. Honet often alludes to the analogy of getting a new box spring for your skin to make her point. That’s what Ultherapy can do for you, and it is amazing and it is permanent. But a cosmetic procedure like Ultherapy may be too big a step for some, even if it is noninvasive. So what’s a person to do? Well, get a new mattress topper, of course. Well, not quite. It is better than that.
Today’s rejuvenative skin care products have tremendous amounts of research behind them. Not only are they therapeutic and effective, they can be positioned together with other products and cosmetic procedures to provide you with the best results possible without having a scalpel touch you. Products do work, and those containing derivatives of Vitamin A (Retinoids and Retinols), Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, and Growth Factors are extremely effective and beneficial for the restoration of collagen, reversing and preventing the sagging, wrinkles and fine lines of aging. Actually, anyone concerned about maintaining the health of the skin should use them, and it is never too early or too late to start.
Topical Vitamin A derivatives have been long known to increase healthy collagen production. Examples include Avene RetrinAL, RetinA and Tazorac. Topical Vitamin C also plays a huge role in the synthesis of collagen and the prevention of collagen breakdown. One of our favorite Vitamin C products is Citrix Vitamin C Serum. This serum delivers a triple punch by aiding collagen restoration, providing hydration, and brightening the skin. The relatively new kid on the block is Hyaluronic Acid. Whether it is used as a dermal filler in the expert hands of your dermatologist, or as a moisturizer for potent hydration, hyaluronic acid is a tremendously effective adjunct to an anti-aging regimen. Hyaluronic acid is found in all connective tissue because it is needed to bind collagen with elastin. A lack of hyaluronic acid leads to less hydration and less elasticity in the skin, which increases the likelihood of sagging and wrinkling of the skin. Hyaluronic Acid Serum by Replenix and SkinMedica’s HA5 are brilliant options in any anti-aging regimen. These work to plump and firm the skin, making fine lines less visible by pulling in and retaining hydration and providing a wonderful glow. Finally, TNS Recovery Complex is in a pioneering and unique category unto itself, where as a mixture of growth factors, cytokines, antioxidants and matrix proteins, it stimulates the production of collagen and other proteins in the skin.
Although all these different products seem overwhelming as part of a daily facial regimen. Dr. Honet uses all four of these products to keep her skin youthful and luminous. If Dr. Honet can do it, so can you. Come in for a cosmetic consultation and let Dr. Honet and her staff create a rejuvenating regimen for you.
–Dr. Honet, Senada, and JasmineBuilding Collagen Part II: Serums, Lotions and Creams