Articles | 27-04-19
When does the body stop producing collagen in the skin?
Collagen occurs naturally in the body and is a fiber protein that builds up the body’s tissues. It can be found in legs, tendons, blood vessel walls, and in the skin. About 70% of the skin consists of collagen.
Collagen in the skin provides resilience, firmness, and elasticity. It’s because we have collagen in the skin that the skin doesn’t wrinkle when we use our face muscles. As we grow older, the production of collagen decreases. One test that you can perform at home is to press your finger against your cheek for a few seconds. If this doesn’t leave an imprint on the skin, it means you have a good collagen production and that the skin is resilient.
When does collagen production start to decrease?
The decrease in collagen production starts around age 25, but for most people, the first signs of wrinkles start to appear past your 30s. With age, cell renewal also decreases, which means that the skin does not have the same glow and plumpness from moisture the older you get. The skin becomes thinner and sags more as collagen production decreases. It is also common for people to start experiencing stiffness or aches in tendons because the decrease in collagen leads to less elasticity in the tendons.
PRP treatment increases the production of collagen
Smoking, sunbathing, stress, and a decreased hormone production, which happens during menopause, all negatively affect collagen production. PRP treatment for the skin stimulates cell renewal and increases collagen production. This smooths out smaller wrinkles and acne scars. As the skin’s healing process accelerates and cell renewal improves, you also get more lustrous skin.
The skin relatively quickly becomes more lustrous following a PRP treatment of the skin, but it takes a couple of months for collagen production to start up and for some patients, several PRP treatments may be needed before seeing results. We usually recommend 3 PRP treatments to kickstart the positive effect PRP has on the skin.
What is PRP?
PRP is thrombocytes extracted from the patient’s own blood. A treatment starts by applying numbing cream to the area to be treated. This may be the face, the neck, the décolletage, or the hands. Then a blood sample is drawn, and the blood is centrifuged. We extract the thrombocytes from the yellow blood plasma, which are at the top of the test tube following centrifugation. The blood plasma is injected into the skin where PRP immediately starts the positive healing process of the skin’s cells.
Unlike with Botox and fillers, the effect of PRP never makes the skin appear lumpy. The yellow blood plasma spreads evenly beneath the skin. Redness may occur and you should not put on makeup straight after or drink alcohol that same day. Other than that, you can resume your regular everyday business.
We always wrap up our PRP treatments for the skin with an aloe vera mask to soothe the skin after the injections and to provide the skin with moisture and vitamins.