You’ve probably heard the importance of collagen touted in a variety of health publications and news before. It’s often described as one of the most important substances in the human body when it comes to the appearance of youthfulness and healthy skin.
It’s a term that is thrown around so much that we simply accept it as being important because of how much it is talked about. But what exactly is collagen? And why is it considered so important? This blog will answer these questions and explain how you can gain a youthful appearance through collagen-stimulating treatments such as fractora for wrinkles.
What is Collagen?
The most technical answer to this question is that collagen is a protein found in the human body. This can sometimes undersell its importance, however. Various types of this protein make up roughly a third of the proteins in your body. It is especially important in building up your connective tissues such as skin and cartilage.
Why is Collagen Important?
As a building block of so much of your body, keeping up a consistent production level of collagen in the body is key to keeping yourself looking healthy and young. In fact, the natural decrease in production of this protein over time is a major factor in the development of signs of aging, such as wrinkles. Collagen is like the building materials for a home – if you don’t have enough building materials for renovations, eventually the house will start to look worn down!
Beyond aging, there are a variety of other ways that we can harm our body’s ability to make more of this protein. Smoking, poor diet, and too much sun exposure are some of the most common ways for production of this protein to be affected and to accelerate the depletion of this protein.
Normally our body is pretty good at making collagen from the proteins in foods we regularly eat. However, even our body can have trouble keeping up with collagen production drop-off due to aging or the risk factors above. Skin rejuvenation becomes less natural and requires additional help through various treatments as you age to continue to help with fine lines, wrinkles, skin rejuvenation and an improved youthful look.
Because of the importance of this protein, you’ll see many people promote the wonders of “collagen pills”. However, you should be skeptical about any such supplements. Your body has a system for making this protein on its own, and these pills don’t necessarily speed this process up. If we go back to imagining collagen as foundational building materials for your body, you need to think of it as a very specialized material that your body needs to make on its own to restore the skin, and help with bones and cartilage.
Rather than adding in outside sources of collagen, it’s better to get your body’s own natural production boosted. One way to do this is, of course, to maintain a healthy diet, to give your body everything it needs to make new collagen. Some common foods that help with natural production of this protein are found in berries, fish, and bone broth.
However, collagen stimulation can be achieved through cosmetic procedures as well, such as Fractora, Halo, or Micro Laser Peels. Fractora treatment results, in particular, are noted to include the stimulation of collagen growth. In general, these stimulation treatments are much more reliable than gambling on the efficacy of collagen supplements.
So, What’s Fractora?
Fractora is a skin rejuvenation cosmetic procedure that uses small pins to help guide heat,through radio frequency under your skin to the collagen below for all kinds of skin types and skin tones. Scientific studies have shown that the application of heat to areas of production of this protein will result in a significant boost in that area. This is enough to smooth out wrinkles on the skin above. Fractora delivers a variety of benefits on top of helping with collagen, such as skin tightening, acne scarring, skin discolouration and more.
What is great about fractora is that the depth of the needling is used to promote collagen growth and the heat helps to stimulate muscle contraction. The type of heat tends to kill off any bacteria lurking under the skin. This means that the skin not only looks tighter and younger but also cleaner and smoother, with a significant reduction in acne or other blemishes.
Better yet fractora side effects are fairly minor, with some moderate swelling and redness of the skin. Fractora generally only requires about one or two hours of your time, and only requires about a day or two of downtime. After that, you’re good to start showing off your newly collagen-stimulated appearance!