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How to Get Plumper Skin

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Many changes happen to your skin with time. While these changes are natural, you may desire smoother skin. With help from a trained professional, you can achieve plumper skin in many ways. 

Continue reading to learn more about how your skincare team can help you get plumper skin, including at-home and professional options. 

The 3 Elements of Healthy Skin

Healthy skin isn’t a coincidence; several components keep it looking firm and smooth. In particular, 3 substances in your skin are vital: collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin. Let’s learn how each of these components benefits your skin. 


Collagen is throughout your body in your bones, muscles and skin. It’s incredibly sturdy, being as strong as steel gram-for-gram. This protein gives your skin strength and elasticity. 

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is naturally present in your body to retain water inside tissue cells. It’s a key factor in skin ageing; younger-looking skin generally has a larger amount of water


Elastin is a protein contributing to elasticity and resilience in your body, including your tendons, ligaments, and skin. Along with collagen, elastin is one of the main proteins critical for smooth and healthy skin

All 3 of these components work together to protect your skin and keep it looking healthy. As you age, your skin can lose its elasticity and firmness due to collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid production slowing down. If you want plumper skin, how can you achieve this? 

How Can You Achieve Plumper Skin? 

Many people desire plump skin free of fine lines and wrinkles. While skin can appear more tired due to elasticity loss with age, there are many ways you can rejuvenate your look. If you want plumper skin, your skin care professional can help you achieve this with at-home or professional methods, such as: 

  • Exercise
  • Laser resurfacing
  • Retinol products
  • Dermal fillers
  • Increasing collagen & hyaluronic acid intake


Think of exercise as cleansing your skin from the inside. Physical activity is usually associated with a healthy heart and lungs, but it can benefit your skin. Moving your body helps increase blood flow, which nourishes your skin cells

Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to cells throughout your entire body, and it helps remove waste from your system. Increasing blood flow through exercise can help flush cellular debris

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Laser Resurfacing 

Laser resurfacing is a treatment designed to remove precise layers of skin. This procedure stimulates the growth of new skin cells, leaving you with tighter and healthier-looking skin

Skin resurfacing can help reduce the appearance of: 

  • Acne scars
  • Fine lines & wrinkles
  • Sun damage & age spots
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Uneven texture

This treatment can have a longer recovery period than others, but your skincare team can support you as you heal. Results tend to be gradual, but eventually, you will notice improvements in your skin quality and appearance

Retinol Products

Retinol consists of vitamin A and typically comes as a topical product you apply directly to your skin. These products penetrate deep into your skin to help promote cell turnover and prevent collagen breakdown, a critical component of your skin elasticity. 

Retinol can strengthen your skin and help retain moisture, helping your skin appear plumper while reducing signs of ageing. Another benefit of retinol is its ability to improve the appearance of uneven skin tone and texture. A 2017 study discovered retinol improves blood flow to the treated area, increases thickness in the skin’s layers, and increases collagen and elastin expression

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers can help fill lines and creases in your skin, acting as a volumizer. This treatment can help plump your cheeks, chin, jawline, and lips. Specifically, dermal fillers can: 

  • Add volume to lips
  • Smooth eye-area wrinkles
  • Soften lines
  • Lift eyebrows
  • Lift & contour cheeks
  • Sculpt the jaw

This treatment is quick and safe; you can generally see immediate results. With help from a trained professional, dermal fillers can help contour, refine, and plump your skin. 

Increasing Collagen & Hyaluronic Acid Intake

Collagen and hyaluronic acid are 2 components of plump and healthy skin, and you can increase your intake in several ways. Hyaluronic acid helps reduce wrinkles, increases skin firmness, and smooths your skin. You can find this acid present in different skin firming creams or supplements. 

You can help your body’s collagen production through your diet and supplements. Your body can’t make collagen as effectively as you age, but you can boost collagen production by increasing the amount of protein-rich foods and vitamin C, zinc, and copper you ingest. You can benefit your skin by eating more chicken, fish, beans, fruits, grains, and vegetables. 

If you want to use supplements, collagen peptides can help replenish broken-down collagen in your body. Home products like supplements can benefit your skin but speak with a trained professional if you have any concerns. They can determine the best ways to smoothen and plump your skin. 

Take Care of Your Skin

While these methods can help you get plumper skin, protection is just as important. You should take care of your skin, even if you have no present concerns. Sun exposure has many benefits, but it can damage your skin if you’re not careful. 

If you want to maintain health and plump skin, remember to use sunscreen and avoid excessive tanning. Your skin can change with age, but your skincare team can help. A trained professional can recommend the best ways for you to achieve plump and younger-looking skin. 

If you want to care for your skin as best as possible, contact your local skincare expert


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  • Written by Dr. Jeane Lombard

    Dr. Lombard was born and raised in South Africa. In 1998, she graduated from the University of Pretoria with her medical degree. She worked as a physician in London, England from 1998 to 2002. In 2002, Dr. Lombard made the decision to move to Canada. She became a licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada that same year, allowing her to practice medicine in Saskatoon, Canmore, and Calgary.

    Dr. Lombard has been working as a medical professional for over 21 years, and in that time, she has discovered a deep passion for the cosmetic side of medicine. Today, she specializes in cosmetic procedures, boasting 13 years in the industry.
    With deep compassion for her patients and a professional commitment to exemplary care, Dr. Lombard prioritizes health and safety over all else. When she isn’t hard at work, Dr. Lombard likes to spend time with friends in the mountains, enjoying good food and fine wine.

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