Episode 12

Beyond the Surface: Collagen in Recovery and Rejuvenation Treatments


January 25th, 2024

9 mins 28 secs

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About this Episode

Collagen supplementation has undergone significant advancements and improvements over the years. The growing popularity of collagen is attributable to a deeper understanding of its diverse benefits beyond just skin aesthetics. Furthermore, refined processing techniques have given rise to hydrolyzed collagen, which ensures efficient absorption and utilization of collagen by the body, maximizing its potential benefits.

This episode highlights the benefits of collagen and provides a comprehensive understanding to shed light on how collagen, especially in its hydrolyzed form, can be a transformative addition to one's wellness routine.

Collagen Supplements for Skin Health

Throughout my experiences treating complex patients, the idea of administering collagen never crossed my mind due to its substantial molecular size - scientifically measured at 300,000 Daltons. This size renders it challenging for the skin or gastrointestinal tracts to effectively absorb.
I frequently get asked about the benefits of taking collagen, its different types, supporting studies, duration for observable results, recommended dosages for skin health enhancement, and whether collagen can substitute a healthy diet and skincare routine. Furthermore, people seek insights into brand recommendations, potential risks associated with collagen intake, and the impact of lifestyle factors such as diet, smoking habits, and sun exposure on collagen effectiveness. These inquiries highlight the importance of taking into account various considerations, given the various factors influencing collagen absorption.

Collagen Supplementation and Absorption

When faced with the question of collagen utilization, my immediate consideration revolves around how to introduce collagen into the system for optimal absorption effectively. In my holistic recovery program, I prioritize the use of perfect, pre-broken-down amino acids known for their easy absorption. While collagen supplementation is part of the routine, it isn't the primary focus.
The most bioavailable form for the body is hydrolyzed collagen, where it's broken down into smaller peptides; more manageable chains of amino acids. Once hydrolyzed, these smaller chains of amino acids enable the body to absorb and utilize the collagen more effectively. This enhanced absorbability is a key factor in maximizing the potential benefits of collagen supplementation.

Hydrolyzed collagen is available in various forms like powder, capsules, or liquid, enhancing its usability. This variety not only accommodates individual preferences but also offers convenience in incorporating collagen supplementation into one's daily routine. The flexibility and convenience of hydrolyzed collagen make it a top choice for people who want an effective and convenient way to boost their collagen intake.

Always remember to pair collagen intake with sufficient vitamin C. Collagen, a vital structural protein, requires vitamin C for proper formation and maintenance. That being said, the body's ability to produce and utilize collagen is compromised without an adequate supply of vitamin C.

Holistic Approach to Cosmetic Treatments

Individual digestive health plays a crucial role in various health concerns. Dealing extensively with patients, including those with breast implant illness and those seeking specific cosmetic outcomes, such as body contouring or facial rejuvenation, I guide them through my strategic holistic accelerated recovery program.
The key is to establish a level playing field by understanding factors like genetics, toxicity, gut microbiome, food sensitivities, and hormone balance. This comprehensive approach enables me to create personalized treatment plans for concerns like facial rejuvenation, breast or body contouring, or skin tightening.

Collagen Use in Recovery and Rejuvenation Treatments

In my recovery program, I avoid making collagen a primary protein source during recovery due to its large molecular size since I personally prefer using pea protein for its simplicity and reduced sensitivity concerns. Additionally, I leverage perfect aminos and an inflammation support bundle, emphasizing liposomal formulations for enhanced absorption.

My approach prioritizes oral solutions over capsules for better absorption. This, combined with in-office care like hyperbaric oxygen therapy, lymphatic massage, and red light therapy, contributes to a comprehensive recovery strategy. The approach aligns with my commitment to providing a holistic and efficient recovery strategy for individuals seeking optimal health and well-being.
While collagen, especially in hydrolyzed form, can be beneficial, determining the optimal dosage or duration for maximum benefits remains challenging. For skin tightening, I emphasize a multifaceted approach, incorporating mechanical injury and energy therapy, including a no-cut facelift that tightens skin and deeper tissues through innovative techniques like bipolar radiofrequency treatments with or without stem cells or exosomes.

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Dr. Rob is a board certified plastic surgeon and Austin’s Natural Choice for plastic surgery, laser and energy treatments, and aesthetics.

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