Collagen banking, in simple terms, is the process of stimulating collagen production and storing it for
future use. Think of it as a savings account, but instead of money, you’re depositing the very essence
that maintains your youthful appearance. Collagen banking focuses solely on preserving this vital
protein, ensuring that you have a reserve as your natural production wanes.
Collagen is a complex protein made up of amino acids. It’s the most abundant protein in our body,
found in our skin, bones, muscles, and tendons. As we age, our collagen production starts to decline,
usually in our mid to late 20s. There are also a variety of other reasons why collagen levels start to
dwindle but by banking your collagen early, you’re essentially capturing it in its prime.
“We have a finite amount of elastin, and largely this can’t be stimulated to regrow,” shares Dr Claire
Oliver (GDC), Medical Director at Air Aesthetics & Wellness Clinics. “It’s about prioritising your skin
today, by taking steps to promote collagen production and shielding it from excessive sun exposure &
Collagen, according to Dr Claire Oliver, is the building block of protein that gives one baby skin and is
integral to our overall health. It provides essential structural support to our skin, bones, and
connective tissues, ensuring firmness, elasticity, and strength preventing sagging skin, lines and
wrinkles. It aids in efficient wound healing, supports gut health, and is vital for cardiovascular
well-being, particularly in maintaining the structure of our arteries. In essence, collagen’s significance
extends far beyond beauty, playing a pivotal role in various bodily functions.
Although everyday foods like fish and vegetables are a source of collagen, the amount consumed
often falls short of replacing what diminishes with age. Adequate collagen levels in the body are
essential to maintain the health of skin, hair, and nails, ensuring they remain vibrant and full of energy.
Some of the most popular treatments used for “collagen banking” include:
Ultherapy is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that uses focused ultrasound energy to lift and tighten
the skin. By targeting the deeper layers of the skin, it stimulates the body’s natural collagen growth,
resulting in a firmer and more healthy skin. Commonly used on the face, neck, and décolletage,
Ultherapy offers a non-surgical alternative to traditional facelifts, with minimal downtime.
Secret RF microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that combines traditional microneedling with
radiofrequency (RF) energy. The treatment involves using fine needles to create controlled
micro-injuries in the skin, which, when combined with RF energy, stimulates collagen and elastin
production. This dual action promotes skin tightening and rejuvenation, addressing concerns like
wrinkles, scars, and skin texture. Being minimally invasive, Secret RF microneedling offers enhanced
results with reduced recovery time compared to traditional treatments.
Dermal fillers, such as Belotero Revive and Radiesse, are injectable treatments used to restore
volume, smooth wrinkles, and enhance facial contours. Belotero Revive is designed to improve skin
elasticity, hydration, and reduce the appearance of fine lines. On the other hand, Radiesse is a unique
filler that not only provides immediate volume but also helps to stimulate collagen formation for
long-lasting results. Both fillers offer a non-surgical approach to facial rejuvenation, helping to achieve
a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
A chemical peel is a dermatological treatment that uses a chemical solution to exfoliate and remove
the top layers of the skin. This process encourages the regeneration of a new layer of skin, leading to
a smoother and more youthful appearance. As the skin heals, it stimulates collagen production which
further improves skin texture and elasticity.
LED (Light Emitting Diode) light therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses varying wavelengths of
light to treat skin issues. Different colours of LED lights target specific skin concerns. For collagen
growth, red LED light is commonly used. It penetrates deep into the skin’s dermis, stimulating the cells
responsible for collagen and elastin production, leading to firmer and plumper skin.
Some aesthetic treatments, like microneedling combined with Hyaluronic Acid serums & dermal fillers,
can enhance the penetration of Hyaluronic Acid into the skin. Hyaluronic Acid not only supports the
health and production of collagen but also ensures that the environment such as hydrated skin is
optimal for preserving and banking high-quality collagen.
Polynucleotides are a new & groundbreaking approach to anti-ageing, enhancing the skin’s innate
ability to regenerate tissue. These treatments utilise biological molecules, essentially sequences of
nucleotides, stimulating fibroblasts to produce collagen. This aids in skin remodelling and addresses
prevalent ageing signs.
Here at Air Aesthetics, we offer a comprehensive range of collagen boosting treatments that are
tailored to your specific needs. Book a free consultation with us where we can answer any questions
you may have and also discuss the best course of action for you based on your skin concerns.
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