What Happens to Collagen as You Age?

You know that your body changes with time. From achier joints to wrinklier skin, the years aren’t overly kind to your physical form. 

To a large extent, the unwelcome changes in your appearance come down to one key protein: collagen. This protein serves as a connector throughout your body, playing a role in everything from your muscles and tendons to your skin. 

The problem? Your body starts making less of it over time. 

The good news? We can help you reverse that collagen loss. With services from microneedling to laser energy treatment, Robert M. Olson, MD and our team can encourage your skin to make more collagen. That means we have the power, at least to some extent, to help you turn back the clock here at LH Spa & Rejuvenation in Livingston and Madison, New Jersey.

Understanding collagen through the years

After age 20, your body makes about 1% less collagen year after year. At first, you probably don’t notice this change. As time marches on, though, the lessened quantity of this key protein starts to take a toll.

In your skin, you can literally see the effects. With less of this structural protein, your skin gets thinner and saggier. You notice wrinkles paired with a less radiant texture and tone. Long story short, a lot of the unwelcome cosmetic changes that happen with aging can be attributed to collagen. 

Fortunately, we have ways to directly address your collagen levels. 

Reversing collagen loss

Dr. Olson and our team offer several different options to stimulate your natural collagen production processes. 

With microneedling, we use specialized devices to create tiny pinpricks on the surface of your skin. This tricks your body into thinking it’s been injured. As part of the healing process, your body naturally makes more collagen. 

At our offices, we offer SkinPen® and Tight & Bright microneedling. Talk to Dr. Olson and our team and we can recommend the right treatment for you.

Beyond that, we also offer laser treatment, which uses therapeutic energy to stimulate collagen production. Our options here include:

Plus, your choices don’t stop there. You can also explore a booster injection with methionine, an antioxidant that plays a key role in your body’s collagen production processes, or treatments like a VI Peel.  

Ultimately, your body will make less collagen as you get older, but we have several ways to minimize collagen loss in your skin. To find the right options for you, call the LH Spa & Rejuvenation office nearest you.



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LH Lean Program Journey

Screening Process:

  • Submit a Patient Inquiry Form and fax or email the required labs and a copy of your driver’s license to lhlean@lhmedspa.com or (973)735-2645.
    • NJ candidates: please submit a copy of your health insurance card along with your labs and driver’s license
  • A TSH/thyroid panel and CMP/Comprehensive Metabolic Panel that has been drawn in the last 12 months is required for consideration.
  • New Jersey candidates: we are able to send an e-script to a lab of your choice to obtain a thyroid panel and CMP, if needed. 
  • Non-NJ residents: contact your provider to request labs.
    • You may purchase a panel out-of-pocket without an e-script through Labcorp Link
  • The inquiry form and labs are reviewed by our APN within 3-5 business days
  • You will receive an email from LH Lean admin with your candidacy for the LH Lean Program.


Consultation Process:

  • Candidates are scheduled for a 30-minute consultation with an APN to begin a trial period of 4 weeks.
    • Consultation: $125
    • 4 week trial period: $600
  • Consultations consist of a history & physical, body composition analysis, description of the program, and administration of your first injection.
  • Payment for the 4 week trial period will be reconciled at the conclusion of your consultation.


Program Continuation:

  • After the 4-week trial period, you will receive a 12-week supply throughout your journey to mitigate shipping costs and gaps in care.
    • There is a 7-10 day turnaround time from Rx submission to arrival of medication.
    • A Fed-Ex shipping notification will arrive via email 24 hours prior to delivery
  • Medication cannot be returned to the pharmacy; therefore, it is non-refundable.
  • The flexibility of LH Lean allows for the following options:
    • Visit us weekly to discuss symptoms, progress, dosing, and receive your injection from an APN or RN
    • Self-administer your medication weekly at home using dosage guidance from our medical staff
    • Visit us monthly at LH to allow medical staff to draw up your medication for storage at your personal home to allow for self-administration
  • You will meet with an APN in-person or via telehealth on a monthly basis to discuss dosing, symptoms, progress, and treatment recommendations.
    • It is recommended that you visit LH to use our complimentary InBody analysis device during your monthly follow-ups.
  • A comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) is required every 6 months while participating in the LH Lean Program to evaluate blood sugar, kidney function, electrolytes, and liver function.




Ending Treatment:

  • Many patients remain on a maintenance dose for weeks to months prior to ending treatment.
  • Each dosing plan is customized to each patient’s goals and tolerance
  • It is NOT recommended that you cease treatment without medical guidance, which will include a recommended “weaning off” schedule.
  • Treatment conclusion may occur over a 4, 8, or 12-week period. Allow our medical staff to make recommendations based on your current dosing, timeline, and tolerance.
  • An End-of-Program check-in with an APN will provide guidance for weaning off, maintenance while off the medication, and potential for restarting the program in the future, if desired.


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