You’ve probably heard it said by physicians, beauty gurus and possibly even your best friends. Collagen is the new buzzword on everyone’s lips (literally!) and found in just about everything.
Want proof? Last year, over 2.6 million clients received facial filler treatments, up 312 percent since the year 2000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
What is Collagen?
Collagen is a protein that makes up approximately 25 to 30 percent of the body’s protein content. Our hair, skin, bones, blood vessels, tendons, digestive systems and muscles contain this essential amino acid.
When it comes to our skin, collagen promotes skin strength and elasticity. As we age, our bodies reduce collagen production. This results in loose skin, dryness and fine lines. The main source of collagen is the dermis, which provides the foundation for our skin, so having an adequate amount of collagen helps ensure that the skin looks glowing.
Other lifestyle habits that can decrease collagen production include sun exposure, smoking and an unhealthy diet.
Collagen Boosting Treatments
Several cosmetic treatments address volume loss in the face and boost collagen production. These treatments are non-invasive and have no downtime.
- Dermal Fillers. Dermal fillers are perhaps the ultimate cosmetic procedure for collagen production. They are known for plumping the lips but can also be used to address the nasolabial folds and the cheeks.
- Microneedling. A handheld device pokes hundreds of tiny, invisible puncture wounds in the top layer of skin and stimulates increased collagen and elastin production, reversing as well as preventing signs of aging.
- PDO Threads. The latest treatment for skin tightening, PDO threads stimulate collagen production beneath the skin. The threads act as a “scaffold” and work against the effects of gravity and aging. The lifted facial will last three to 6 months, due to the cellular rejuvenation effects.
- Laser Skin Tightening. For those looking for a needle-free alternative, laser skin tightening is a treatment to consider. The minimally invasive procedure uses a laser to tighten skin by heating the collagen under the skin’s surface, which causes the skin to tighten. Patients immediately begin to notice smoother, softer skin after a treatment.
Medical Aesthetics Training at National Laser Institute
Are you a physician or nurse looking to add medical aesthetics treatments to your practice? Now is the time to enroll in Botox and dermal fillers training at National Laser Institute!
Our CE/CME courses include didactic education and clinical hands-on training for the ultimate learning experience!
During didactic education, you will discuss topics such as patient selection, Botox injection techniques, contraindications, proper product dosage and more. Clinicals take place in a medical spa environment where you will watch comprehensive Botox and laser demonstrations and have the chance to perform treatments on real clients.
Botox training is a wonderful opportunity for physicians who want to expand their practice and increase revenue by adding cosmetic injectables and laser treatments as they are cash-based procedures. Many RNs take these courses to broaden their skill set and gain supplemental income or start a new full-time career as a cosmetic injector.