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Collagen is an important component of healthy, beautiful skin. This protein molecule can help smooth wrinkles and plump up skin to reverse the signs of aging. As a result, many skin care companies market collagen skin creams. But how effective are these products?

According to several scientists, collagen creams are not very effective at all.

Dr. Blanca Sengerova, a protein biochemist at Oxford University, explains, “Although collagen is structurally important for the integrity of our skin, the protein molecule is far too large to pass through the barrier posed by the skin.” As a result, the collagen in these creams stays on the surface of your skin until they are rubbed off or washed away. Very little, if any, actually is absorbed by your skin.

While these creams seem like a great way to boost collagen production and improve the appearance of your skin, the reality is that they are simply a waste of money.

Fortunately, there are more effective ways to stimulate collagen production. At La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic, we offer Sculptra® Collagen Stimulator to achieve a facial lift. This injectable filler stimulates natural collagen production within your skin. The end result of your Sculptra treatment is restored facial volume and a reduction in facial wrinkles.

Sculptra has been proven to last at least two years, and many patients experience even longer lasting results. This makes Sculptra much more effective than many other fillers which typically only last between 6 and 9 months.

Dr. Mani often recommends Sculptra to address the following issues:

  • Nasolabial folds
  • Facial gauntness
  • Sunken or hollow cheeks
  • Hollowing under the eyes
  • Depressed temple areas
  • Jowls
  • Mild to moderate sagging

To find out if Sculptra is right for you, please contact La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic today. Dr. Mani serves patients in the La Jolla, California area.