Why Is Collagen So Important for Youthful Looking Skin?

Collagen is a sturdy structure that holds your skin together and it also helps keep your skin youthful and beautiful. While it is impossible to keep collagen from declining naturally, there are steps you can take to preserve and protect what’s in your skin. If you’ve experienced a decline in collagen production, there are several advanced skin treatments available to restore your overall appearance.

At her private practice in Columbia, Maryland, Melanie L. Adams, MD, can help. She specializes in general and cosmetic dermatology and dedicates herself to individualizing treatment plans for all skin types with highly effective results.  

What is collagen?

Collagen is responsible for building many parts of your body, including blood vessel walls, bones, and connective tissues. It makes up 75-80% of your skin, helping you maintain the way your skin looks and how it ages. 

This matrix of collagen and elastin supports the strength of your skin. As collagen begins to decline, your skin loses its firmness, allowing wrinkles to begin to set in. 

Why does collagen diminish?

Skin collagen levels decline as you age. When your skin becomes looser and laugh lines turn into deep-set wrinkles, you are most likely experiencing a slowing down of collagen production. 

Here are some reasons why collagen levels decline.

Aging 

Getting older is perhaps the most common reason why skin begins to produce less collagen every year. Overime, skin wears down, destroying vital collagen in the process and becoming more fragile. After the age of 30, your skin produces 1% less collagen each year, accelerating after menopause. A healthy diet, regular exercise, and managing stress levels can aid in slowing down the aging process.

Frequent sun exposure 

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light is responsible for breaking down collagen, limiting its synthesis while damaging any existing proteins that are present. Frequent exposure to sunlight causes premature signs of aging like wrinkles and sagging skin. Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher can prevent up to 80% of visible skin aging that UV light causes. Get in the habit of applying sunscreen in the morning in order to prevent further collagen damage. 

How to boost collagen production 

There are several treatment options available that can promote the production of collagen. We offer the following options to help you in the fight against aging skin. 

Microneedling 

Microneedling produces additional collagen while reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. AquaGold® microneedling is a non-invasive system that can help you attain younger-looking skin. The system works by stimulating your skin’s natural abilities to heal while helping It absorb beneficial products like vitamin C, retinol, and hyaluronic acid. The process is built around your individual needs, effectively boosting the unique look and feel of your facial skin. 

Pelleve®

Pelleve® is a superior treatment option if you are looking to stimulate the production of collagen in areas where it begins diminishing. The system uses radiofrequency energy to heat up your skin just enough to start producing collagen, which helps tighten and reduce the appearance of wrinkles on your skin. 

This method produces positive results for most of our patients, offering them a noticeable difference as soon as the treatment is complete. The Pelleve treatment is excellent for addressing crow’s feet, smile lines, and additional signs of aging present on your face or body. 

If you want to stimulate the production of loss collagen with a professional skin treatment, call our office or request an appointment online. 

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