Collagen banking

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Aesthetic treatments come and go, with scientific, medical and technological advancements improving progress on a daily basis, writes Karen Ellithorne

So many consumers who have never actually experienced an aesthetic treatment, even mentioning the possibility that the results could be natural looking might seem like a complete contradiction. Images of overdone looking celebrities with trout pout lips and puffy skins immediately come to mind.

There is much truth to be said about ageing gracefully. However, ultimately in reality we can only look like a good version of our age, or a bad version. This is no-matter how much aesthetic intervention we have engaged in.

What most consumers are currently seeking is enhancement and not alteration. We would like our friends to still recognise us when they see us after a long period of time.


Consumers are all well aware of the wrinkle-reducing properties of injectables like botulinum toxin and hyaluronic acid fillers. While this treatment has its place and instantaneously makes our wrinkles and fine lines disappear, it does not have any benefit on our underlying skin condition and health. However, it is important to mention that some of the newer fillers on the market have evolved tremendously and do have additional collagen building ingredients.

Botulinum toxin has many positives and certainly a place in aesthetics in that it can prevent hereditary expression lines from forming. There is, however, the risk that if your practitioner is not highly skilled and does not understand the facial muscles well, that you could possibly develop lines in other areas that would not normally form, or that you could end up looking expressionless.

Devices and treatments

In my opinion, when it comes to skin rejuvenation, the natural look is far better achieved through the use of aesthetic devices and regular, high-quality aesthetic skin treatments.

These types of treatments help to keep the skin functioning adequately, boosting everything from collagen production to improving skin brightness. All while still having the ability to reduce pigmentation, red veins and inflammation.

Below we take a look at just some of the available treatments and how they improve the functioning of the epidermis. Although I only have space to mention a few, there are many other products and devices in the South African market that can assist in keeping the skin’s ‘collagen bank’ full and prevent any reverse ageing.

Cosmelan and Dermamelan

This treatment from Mesoestetic is an effective hyper-pigmentation management programme, consisting of both professional treatment and home care. The protocol will be tailored to your client’s skin condition by a professional skincare aesthetician or aesthetic doctor.

Cosmelan and Dermamelan is used to treat hyperpigmentation, a very common skin disorder especially with our outdoor lifestyles in South Africa.

Hyperpigmentation presents itself in brown patches, often found on the hands and face, leaving the skin blotchy and uneven. It is caused by a genetic predisposition, hormonal influences (such as pregnancy, menopause and oral contraceptives) and exposure to the sun.

The beauty of this treatment is that not only does it treat hyperpigmentation, but al