The Fountain of Youth: Your Guide to Collagen Modulators

The secret to achieving healthy, glowing skin? Turns out it’s no secret at all but your body’s very own building block: Collagen. But as you age—just when it’s harder for your body to make collagen—the collagen you have begins to break down. Learn how to boost your body’s collagen production with collagen modulators, your BFFs for aging beautifully. 

What is Collagen?

Collagen is a protein found in the body’s skin, muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, and other connective tissues. It’s also found in our organs, blood vessels, and intestinal lining. In total, collagen accounts for about 30% of our body’s protein and is a crucial player in cell structure, strength, and elasticity.1

As we age, our collagen levels decline with the slow-down starting as early as our mid-to-late 20s. While aggressors like UV exposure, pollution, and poor diet choices can accelerate the decline, it’s also possible to slow it down.

Amanda Pucci, Greenwich Medical Spa Clinical Director and NP explains, “The most important thing you can do for your skin is help it produce collagen—this will help prevent a loss in elasticity which leads to wrinkles and fine lines.” Enter your skin’s BFFs—collagen modulators. 

What are Collagen Modulators?

Collagen modulators are specialized treatments designed to enhance collagen production in your skin. Collagen can be stimulated through various methods. This includes special filler injections like Radiesse, which directly replenish and boost collagen levels, or techniques that activate the skin’s natural healing processes. Methods like microneedling and RF microneedling work by creating minute disturbances on or near the skin surface, while treatments like Ultherapy go deeper, targeting underlying skin layers to encourage collagen renewal. Collagen modulators work to rejuvenate the skin by stimulating new collagen growth, thereby improving texture and elasticity.

Pucci recommends using the collagen modulator that’s right for you and when needed, dermal filler to help achieve a youthful appearance that also looks natural. “The key is a strategic treatment plan.” says Pucci, “With the right balance of treatments applied over time, you’ll achieve visible results without looking overdone or filler exaggerated.”

What is the difference between Microneedling and RF Microneedling?

Microneedling, also called skin pen or derma pen, uses thin microneedles to create micropunctures in the top layer of your skin. This produces tiny controlled microinjuries without actually damaging the epidermis and stimulates your skin’s healing process. As your body heals, everything tightens. New collagen is formed, resulting in improved skin texture and tone and minimizing stretch marks, scars, and wrinkles.2

Radiofrequency microneedling uses tiny needles and radio waves to rejuvenate facial skin. The key here is that radiofrequency energy converts into heat energy which further stimulates collagen production. While traditional microneedling will deliver a positive effect over a few treatments, adding radiofrequency energy reduces the time it takes to see greater results.3

What is RF Microneedling Plus?

At Greenwich Med Spa, we enhance your treatment even further with RF Microneedling Plus—a combination of microneedling, radiofrequency, and LED light therapy. Not only does LED light therapy also increase collagen production but it encourages wound healing and reduces inflammation. By merging all three technologies, this multi-faceted treatment improves fine lines and wrinkles, tightens skin, minimizes pore size, heals acne scars, improves skin tone and texture, stimulates collagen and elastin, and creates a healthy glow—without surgery or downtime.

What is Ultherapy?

Ultherapy is a nonsurgical technology that lifts and tightens the skin gradually and naturally. It stands apart from other technologies in its ability to go deeper and have a more targeted reach. Most other devices such as laser or radiofrequency tend to push energy into the skin or the deep tissues from the outside in. Ultherapy is unique in the sense that it can focus the ultrasound energy to a point beneath the surface of the skin and, at that point, it significantly heats the tissue where it causes coagulation of proteins such as collagen and elastin. That initiates the body’s healing response and lifts the tissue over time. 

In fact, Ultherapy is so effective that one study found it increases collagen synthesis by 42%. Patients who received Ultherapy treatment on only one side of the face, demonstrated an average 1.4 times increase in the rate of collagen production in the treated side vs. untreated.4

Your custom treatment plan

Whether considering Ultherapy or RF microneedling, Pucci encourages patients to book a complimentary consultation to get started. “It’s all about fine-tuning the treatment plan so it’s right for you,” she says. Recognizing that most patients are concerned about looking overdone, Pucci assures whether she administers one service or a combination, she does so thoughtfully, adding, “We always enhance without compromising your natural look. It’s strategy, technology, and the right touch.”

1 What You Need to Know About the Health Benefits of Collagen. Healthline. January 2024. Source
2 Microneedling. Cleveland Clinic. May 2022. Source.
3 Aashim Singh and Savita Yadav. Microneedling: Advances and widening horizons. National Library of Medicine. July 2016. Source.
4 How Ultrasound Skin Lifting Works. Source