A survey in 2019 indicated that 30-35% of Singaporean women between the age range of 35-44 are concerned about wrinkles and sagging skin. The younger population, those in their 20s have also been presenting an increased interest in anti-ageing initiatives to best preserve their youth. With the added popularity of collagen banking, we often receive multiple queries on the broad range of collagen injectables offered at Ozhean Zoey Medical and Aesthetic Clinic. A recurring pattern we have identified is patients with decision fatigue and confusion about the right collagen stimulator for them. Thus, this article will bring you the clarity you seek.
Understanding the mechanism of collagen in your body
In our previous articles, we have determined:
- The human body is limited with collagen supply, which once lost, cannot be recovered.
- Pollution, stress, sun exposure, and toxin from substances such as cigarette smoke will expedite collagen loss.
- The human body loses an estimated 1% of collagen every year after the age of 20.
Collagen creams will not improve your collagen production, they may serve as a protective barrier at most. Additionally, there is no definitive conclusion that consuming collagen supplements will improve collagen production at the dermal level. When compared to our scientifically-curated injectables solution, these alternatives may be significantly slower in achieving the results you seek or may completely falter.
It is important to note that one injectable is not superior to the other. When approaching our team of experts we will evaluate various aspects of your life before proposing a treatment. What may be suitable for one patient, will not necessarily be the right solution for you. This is why consultation is arguably the most important aspect of our service at Ozhean Zoey Medical and Aesthetic Clinic.
The overarching goal of injectables stimulate collagen growth in your skin. The methodology of how they work varies but ultimately the aim is to catalyse the activity of fibroblasts, cannibalise free radicals, and improve the metabolic activity of cells.
Factors affecting the decision of selecting a collagen stimulator
There are a few variables to weigh in when deciding which collagen injectable is best suited for you.
Below are some factors of consideration:
- Inflammatory health problems
Conditions such as obesity, endometriosis, inflammatory arthritis, and diabetes cause high levels of inflammation in the body. Patients with inflammatory health problems have high collagen turnover. In these health situations, you may consider opting for collagen injectables that have anti-inflammatory properties such as Rejuran. Additionally, Rejuran can also be used with other treatments, particularly in cases where post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) is persistent.
- Low levels of oestrogen
Your oestrogen levels directly impact collagen production in your body. It also explains why menopausal women look more aged than women of reproductive age. Lower estrogen in younger women may be due to various health conditions such as autoimmune disease, conditions impacting pituitary glands and hypothalamic amenorrhea. If patients are diagnosed with one of these health conditions, injectibles such as Zoey Skin may go a long way in preserving your youth. This concoction of Rejuran, Hyaluronic Acid, and Butolinum will halt the formation of wrinkles, encourage healing and reparation in your skin, and aid in hydration support.
- Lifestyle factors
Sometimes, lifestyle factors can be the primary cause of rapid skin ageing. These may include poor sleep quality and behaviours such as smoking and excess alcohol consumption. These may be especially true for patients with unpredictable work hours and frequent exposure to high-stress environments. Symptoms include dull skin, persistent scars, and an overall change in complexion. If you believe your skin health has been impacted by lifestyle factors, Nucleofill may be the best solution for you. Nucleofill also comes with the added advantage of different concentrations, so you can opt for the strength that matches the severity of your skin condition.
- Genetic disposition to collagen loss
“I do not smoke, I eat a healthy diet, and have no health issues, why is my skin ageing so rapidly?”. If you are taken aback by sudden signs of ageing in your skin, it is possible that you are just genetically predisposed to collagen loss. Studies have also found that some races are more predisposed to skin ageing than others. When dealing with genetic predisposition, you may attempt the prevention route with Profhilo especially if signs of presentation of ageing are new. However, if signs of ageing such as wrinkles and fine lines have formed over a long period of time, you may decide between Liquid PCL or BTX (botulinum) to significantly reduce signs of ageing and add volume to your facial structure.
- Targeted skin issues
Sometimes previous skin conditions such as cystic acne may be the cause of the aged appearance of your skin instead of direct loss of collagen. In these situations, Juvelook would be an appropriate solution to manage the aged appearance of your skin. Another targeted skin issue is deep wrinkles forming at thicker skin areas of the face such as the temples and neck. In these particular conditions, Lenisna would be the more appropriate solution for these areas.
As you may have comprehended by now, each injectable has its’ own strength with the capability to address whichever main concerns you might have. It is important to note that this is merely a surface-level guide to making a decision. Upon consultation, your doctor will be able to identify the exact cause of an ageing appearance (whether it is one or more factors) and prescribe the best treatment solution. At Ozhean Zoey Medical and Aesthetic Clinic, we strive in making sure treatments are inclusive and comprehensive for patients from all walks of life.
If you have any questions or concerns, drop us a message or book a consultation. We will be happy to address any other inquiries or doubts you may have.