Why is stimulating collagen production so important and how can HIFU help?
Let’s take a quick look at the science of our skin.
Our skin is our body’s largest organ with an average total surface area of about 20 square feet on an adult. It’s no surprise then, that issues with skin and aesthetic problems linked to the skin are some of the most common issues we see here in our Liverpool clinic. When it comes to our skin, we all strive towards having that natural, youthful glow that is so attractive. Many of us especially worry about our facial skin and whether or not it has that even, smooth and wrinkle-free texture that helps us feel younger and more confident.
But, what exactly gives us that lovely, smooth and youthful skin we all want to have? Well, the answer, in a nutshell, is collagen.
What is collagen?
Collagen is the major structure that works to keep your skin firm and tight. Collagen makes up about 80% of the underlayer of your skin which is medically known as the dermis. Elastin is another substance that makes up the structure of our skin, and as its name implies, this is the stuff that allows your skin to bounce back rather than sag as it may tend to do on older looking skin.
Unfortunately, as the saying goes ‘just when you get comfortable in your own skin, it starts to sag’, and age does have a lot to answer for in terms of our skin looking less firm. The collagen and elastin that we were producing by the bucket load in our younger years worked together so well to keep our skin firm, tight and plump, but as we age these substances begin to break down. This breakdown is completely natural but sadly results in our skin losing that coveted firm and toned look. You may well have noticed that as you have gotten older, your skin is less resilient to change. For example, when we are young and gain and lose moderate amounts of weight our skin is very good at bouncing back. Over time, however, the skin will begin to sag, wrinkle and lose its elasticity when our body goes through changes.
Can we produce more collagen?
Yes! Don’t worry – it’s not all doom and gloom for our skin! Although ageing may naturally slow down the production of collagen and therefore hinder the youthfulness of our skin, there are steps you can take and treatments you can have to promote and stimulate new collagen production to help your skin bounce back.
How does HIFU produce new collagen in our skin?
HIFU (also known as the Non-Surgical Facelift) is a lifting and firming treatment that allows our clients to enjoy younger and healthier looking skin. HIFU is so popular because it doesn’t involve undergoing drastic measures or highly invasive surgeries to turn back the clock. HIFU, our amazing Non-Surgical Facelift, can work to naturally stimulate and renew your skin’s collagen production to restore your radiant, wrinkle-free look – naturally.
HIFU works by delivering high intensity focused ultrasound to the deepest layers of the skin. This ultrasound energy penetrates the skin to reach the deeper dermal and subdermal levels, causing small injuries to the underlying tissue. These injuries kick-start your body’s natural healing response into action which, in turn, stimulates more collagen production. This healing process accelerates your skin’s production of collagen which encourages skin to tighten to create a bright, youthful complexion. HIFU is a treatment to promote new collagen production effectively, and with no injections or downtime, it’s easy to see why it is very quickly becoming one of the most sought-after anti-ageing procedures.
As the treatment targets the lower levels of tissues, you can think of it healing your skin from ‘the inside out’. This process means that results build gradually over 2-3 months until you will see the maximum benefits. One of the most impressive aspects of HIFU is that you will continue to see improvements for up to six months as the skin continues to produce fresh collagen. HIFU creates a visible lifting effect and provides your skin with a much more youthful appearance.
What areas can be treated with HIFU?
- Mid Face Lifting
- Brow Lifting
- Jowl Lifting
- Neck Lifting
HIFU is mostly suitable for clients who are 30+. Because the aim of HIFU is to promote new collagen production to tighten, lift and restore youth to the skin the procedure is best suited for those who have noticed that a certain area has begun to lax or appear less youthful.
For more information on how HIFU works in the production of collagen and what will happen during the treatment, please visit the HIFU page on our website here.
How can I book my consultation?
Get in touch today for professional, friendly advice. We will work closely with you to carefully select the best treatment choice to help you get started on your journey to feeling like the best version of you.