Neocollagenesis is the process of making more collagen. Here’s how it goes down:
The meaning of the word ‘neocollagenesis’ is pretty straightforward:
neo + collagen + synthesis
Neo = New, Recent, Revived or Modified
Collagen = The structural protein found in the connective skin layer that is necessary to maintain youthful skin
Synthesis = To make something
Collagen is the main building block of our skin. All of the treatments that you find for skin tightening, stretch marks, and many for cellulite are based on the production of collagen in our skin.
We lose collagen as we age and eventually, in our 30’s or so, we stop producing it altogether, making our skin lose and saggy. Think of a pillow, collagen being the stuffing. The only way to tighten skin without surgically removing some, is by neocollagenesis.
The only way to begin the neocollagenesis process is by, believe it or not, inducing damage to the skin. We do this by heat (laser treatments) or punctures (microneedling) or both at the same time.
By damaging our exisiting collagen, we promote our body to send an alarm to our brain saying, “Dude! There’s a breach!”, asking our brain to get those fibroblasts out of retirement to make more collagen to take it’s place.
The happy part, and the whole point of causing controlled damage, is that our fibroblasts will produce much more collagen than was damaged, plumping up our skin, and reversing signs of aging such as skin laxity, fine lines and wrinkles.
Collagen takes about 4 to 10 weeks to grow, the ultimate reparation happening anywhere from 3 to 6 months, depending on how your body heals.