Understanding Collagen’s Effect on Aging Skin

The term “collagen” is used extensively when discussing the effects of aging on the skin. Many cosmetic procedures that are used to diminish lines and wrinkles in the skin reportedly increase collagen production. But you may wonder why this one component is so important when it comes to fighting the signs of age. Here are some facts about collagen and how it effects the skin as it ages.

  • Collagen makes up approximately 30% of the protein in the body, found mostly in the bones, connective tissues and skin. There are at least 16 different types, mostly belonging in types I, II and III.
  • Collagen is extremely strong and flexible. Gram for gram, type I collagen is thought to be stronger than steel.
  • Collagen works by giving tissues strength and structure. The word collagen is derived from the Greek work “kolla”, which means glue. It helps give skin its elasticity and bolsters the replacement of dead skin cells.
  • Collagen production decreases as the body ages. It can also be diminished by exposure to UV light, environmental factors, smoking and high sugar consumption.
  • Cosmetic procedures such as laser therapy and some injections can increase the production of collagen in the skin, helping fight the signs of aging.

Anti-aging procedures such as laser resurfacing and Sculptra® Aesthetic injections can help replenish collagen in the skin, helping it remain healthy and youthful. These procedures can reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles while helping restore a youthful appearance to the skin. If you are interested in learning more about increasing your skin’s collagen for cosmetic purposes, contact your local plastic surgeon that offers collagen enhancement procedures.

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Hunter Moyer, MD
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