Collagen: What is it and what is it for?

Comprehensive aesthetic medicina

Collagen is the most common protein in the human body and plays an essential role as it is a vital component of the connecting tissue that makes up different parts of the body. 

At Nordetia, we are going to explain the main functions of collagen in our bodies and tell you everything you need to know about collagen induction therapy.

What is collagen?

Collagen is a protein in our body that keeps our internal structures together. There are different types of collagens in different parts of the body, such as the skin, hair, nails, ligaments, bones, etc.

The formation of this protein can be stimulated through collagen induction therapy, which increases the elastic protein of the skin. This therapy has an immediate effect and will continue to improve over a course of 21 days, during which time endogenous collagen will form. 

Commonly collagen induction therapy uses mixed gels, which often have a main component such as carboxymethyl cellulose that provides the initial volume, and induction particles which are usually hydroxyapatite or polycaprolactone, which mechanically stimulate collagen formation. 

This therapy is done through injections that use pointless needles or prongs, with a deposit technique that is either bolus or back-tracking, covering the entirety of the area to achieve the desired aesthetic result.

What is it for?

Collagen is used to keep the connective tissue together, meaning tendons, muscles, ligaments, bones, skin, cartilage, etc. This helps for the overall structure of the body to remain together.

To do this, collagen forms a series of fibres that are used to create the body’s structures. This helps to keep the structures smooth, hydrated, and elastic. On the other hand, collagen allows the skin and tendons to stretch more, strengthens bones and helps with recovery following injury. 

In regard to collagen induction therapy, this can apply both to the skin on the face and the rest of the body, so that it is firmer and appears younger.

Main benefits

In general, the benefits of collagen for the skin are as follows:

  •  It helps keep the skin more hydrated.
  • It protects the skin from damaging factors such as pollution or the sun.
  • It improves scars left by acne.
  • It helps repair damaged skin.
  • It reduces wrinkles and expression lines.
  • It delays the onset of signs of ageing.
  • It helps prevent cellulite.
  • It improves facial flaccidity.
  • It reduces stretch marks.

On the other hand, among the other main benefits of collagen induction therapy are the following:

  • Easy to inject.
  • It is safe, there are not usually any complications.
  • The results are immediate.
  • Painless.
  • Does not trigger any allergic reactions.
  • In the case of the final results not being the desired outcome, further therapy can be undergone to correct these.

What care needs to be taken after collagen therapy?

Once the collagen induction therapy has ended, it is essential to follow these recommendations to not hamper the success of the results: 

  • During the four first weeks after the therapy, do not undergo any medical treatment or cosmetic surgery.
  • It is important to avoid any impacts being made on or around the treated area.
  •  Do not massage the treated area or move it.
  •  Avoid tobacco consumption, especially during the first 24 hours after the injections. 

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