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Collagen Considered

This article relates to skin, but might help to shed some light on the action of collagen in other tissues, as well:

WASHINGTON - Restylane, a popular cosmetic treatment for temporarily plumping out wrinkles, actually makes the skin produce more collagen, the natural stuff that makes skin look young, researchers said Monday.
That means the product, which millions of people have had injected around their lips, cheeks and foreheads, has effects beyond even what its manufacturers claim, the team at the University of Michigan Health System reported.

The researchers tested Restylane, marketed by Q-Med AB of Uppsala, Sweden and Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp. It and rival products use hyaluronic acid, which holds onto water in the skin.

“Everybody had thought that the whole story with this stuff is that you inject it and because of its volume-filling nature that … it would go in and fill up whatever defect is there and that is why it made people look better,” dermatologist Dr. John Voorhees, who led the study, said in a telephone intervew.
“What we are saying here is … that in addition to the space-filling concept, is it forcing your body to make its own collagen.”

That could mean regular injections could have long-lasting effects, Voorhees said. “The half-life of collagen is 15 years. It is going to last a whole lot longer than what a whole lot of people are thinking.”

In the February issue of Archives of Dermatology, Voorhees and colleagues wrote that Restylane’s plumping action stretches the fibroblasts, the cells in the skin that make collagen, and prompts them to make more of it.
It also may interfere with the breakdown of existing collagen.

The company did not pay for the experiment and does not know what the report says, the researchers said.

Different fillers, different effects?
Rival Allergan Inc. makes a similar dermal filler called Juvederm and privately held BioForm Medical Inc. makes one called Radiesse.

But Voorhees said he did not test them, and their products are different enough that they may have different effects. “The various fillers are not going to be identical,” he said.

Voorhees’ team injected Restylane into the arms of 11 volunteers who had sun damage and were aged 64 to 84. They then cut out little plugs of skin to analyze them.

“A fibroblast is normally spindle-shaped with arms that stretch out. When attached to collagen the way it is supposed to be, it is a stretched fibroblast, and this is what you see in young people,” Voorhees said.

Healthy, stretched fibroblasts also make lots of collagen, which gives young skin its firm appearance, Voorhees said.

“In both photoaging (caused by the sun) and natural aging the fibroblasts are basically collapsed and sitting in a sea of broken collagen. We said to ourselves maybe if we could figure out a way to re-stretch those collapsed fibroblasts, maybe we could find a way to make those cells act young again.”

The looked at Restylane, which had been used safely for years, and found what they were looking for when they looked at the plugs of skin taken from the volunteers.

“They made a lot more collagen and the fibroblasts were stretched,” Voorhees said.

The search is on now to find out what causes the change in the cell. Understanding this could help scientists find a way to regenerate many types of cells, not only skin cells.

“The stretch must be signalling the nucleus of the cell to turn on collagen. The question is what is being turned on,” Voorhees said.

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I know that collagenase and relaxin both would not work. You wouldn’t want to apply them topically because they are too large to penetrate the skin, let alone the tunica. Second, the collagenase would have nasty effects on your skin most likely. Third, if you were to take them orally, they would be broken down in the stomach or GI tract. If they were to somehow survive (not likely) they would be too large to permeate the intestinal barrier. Result is expensive amino acids, or if used topically, possibly harmful.

Originally Posted by goonbaby
I have declared war on my phallus. I think some changes are in order and “he” seems to prefer the status quo.

Since most of our tissues are made up of Collagen in one form or another, I have been thinking about way in which to manipulate these tissues to enhance the concepts behind Inflammation, Proliferation, and Remodelling (IPR). IPR? Why not? Everybody else seems to be jumping on the wagon…and there is quite of lot of medical research to fall back on.

ModestoMan is right (big surprise) we still have not nailed down the subtleties of the processes involved with IPR. The timing for each phase is particularly confounding subject.

This purpose of this thread is to muddy the water even further.

In past experimental threads I have considered using Infrared Light to stimulate cell metabolism…I was disappointed by the results of that.

I even considered the use of vibration in weakening the connective tissues. I abandoned the experiment for lack of privacy…but I still think mechanical vibration could contribute to plastic deformation.

Today, I am all about the collagen.

I have a slight bend that I would like to eventually “correct”. I have read alot about Peyronie’s Disease and various treatments. During this search I ran across several medical techniques that are meant to weaken scar tissue (a collagen type) in order to improve elasticity. I read a bunch of Modesto’s Chemical PE thread…FASCINATING stuff to be sure. I am now crazed and more motivated than ever to break the will of my phallus and turn him into Frankenstein’s “friendly” monster.

So, this is what I am thinking I might do…it really is all about mitosis:

*goon begins talking to self as second person*

1) Detox. Quit taking all the vitamins and supplements that might actually be building up your bodies resistance to change. Do not become UN-healthy…just live clean for a while. Drink a LOT of water, it promotes healthy cellular function and mitosis. Consider this a decon break and refrain from PE for six weeks.

2) Use a Collagenase applied topically to penis to soften up connective tissues and loosen skin. Begin an I-Phase of PE work. Set a reasonable length or girth goal to achieve and continue to exercises until it is reached. I have chosen 1/4” on BPFSL. Record the time it takes to reach this goal, that is your new PE quotient…it is a known value = “X”

3) Once goal is reached, stop the heavy PE exercises and switch to ADS or “remodelling work”. Using and ADS as much as possible (minimum of HOURS a day, every day) Stop taking the collagenase and switch to high protein & Vitamin C, also a good Vitamin A supplement should be included. Remember to drink plenty of water. These should encourage the formation of new collagen fibers in the lengthened state. Do this for a time period equal to 1.5 times “X”. We might consider this a cementing phase?

4) Measure frequently during the cementing phase to make sure gains are not being lost. Once the gains have been in place for 1.5 time “X”, then we take a decon break of a period equal to 2 times “X”. During this period we do marginal PE at the most. It is similar to step 1 above…no vitamins, no protein shakes. Spend this time exercising the rest of your body and getting good sleep.

5) At the end of the last Rest period. Record what has happened. Daily measurements taken at the same time every day would be a decent way to track results. Keep a log of circumstances and notes. Was the 1/4 gain kept through the decon? If so, why not tweak the routine to see if time or different exercises could improve the result?

Basically, I am more interested in the chemicals than the IPR protocol at this point.

Collagenase, Relaxin, Verapamil, and some others…Anyone?

I love GOLD

Gold_member, are you absolutely certain neither of these molecules would be able to penetrate the skin even with DMSO as carrier?

Originally Posted by vkn1

Gold_member, are you absolutely certain neither of these molecules would be able to penetrate the skin even with DMSO as carrier?

100% positive. Otherwise, there would be no need for insulin or growth hormone injections. These are pretty small protein molecules, and even they have no chance of transdermal delivery.

I love GOLD

Apologies if this is a wrong thread to ask this question, but I was wondering whether it would be beneficial to take collagen capsules, as a supplement. I recently read a study on the effect of diabetes on ED, and one of the things it said was that penis contains large quantities of collagen type 1 and 3.

And this is the Link for the article http://physiolgenomics.physiology.o…stract/23/2/192 )

Hence I ordered a fairly pricy supplement containing the two collagen types, and plan to start taking it within the next few days when my fraenulum tear has healed and I can go back to hanging. The funny thing is that they advertise the capsules as an anti ageing supplement, since collagen is very important for our skin. Here is the link for the product

90 capsules cost around £26 ($50) and they recommend 3 before going to bed, but I plan on taking only 1.
I should have asked this question, but anyway — I’m wondering whether (a) these capsules are going to help growth by making more collagen available to my dick, or (b) could they will impede growth by firming up existing collagen and making it more resistant.

You are exactly right, it could “(a) these capsules are going to help growth by making more collagen available to my dick, or (b) could they will impede growth by firming up existing collagen and making it more resistant.”

Let me add (c) do nothing at all.

If you have the money to spare, please take them and report back your results. It would be very helpful for all of us. If it were my money, I’d buy a keg of Miller High Life and pretend my dick is bigger.:D

I love GOLD

I would guess that Goldmembers choice, C=do nothing, is the correct answer.

Collagen is protein. The body digests it just like any other protein, by breaking in down in the gut and absorbing the individual amino acids. It will not increase the amount of collagen you have in your system, unless you are already protein deficient.

Horny Bastard

Thanks … I will be taking one capsule before bed, but it’ll be difficult to judge the effectiveness — i.e. if I have grown, was it (a) because my dick has been stretched in one of monkeybar’s tubes for 12-14 hors a day, or (b) because of both the former and the extra collagen… It was an impulsive purchase, and they often turn out to be a waste of money. But I was just thinking there must be something that can help and speed up the body’s natural response to stretching

So Goon I have just read through your thread and I got to the end to find…Nothing! Did you ever end up trying any of the stuff you spent so much time researching?

I think Some of it had promise, though other such stuff also appeared a bit dangerous. It was good for me anyway, learned a bit about prostoglandins and other treatments that are used to peronies that I think could be useful for targeting another specific area I have in mind.


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