Published on December 15, 2015 by Grady Core
Collagen and elastin play an important role keeping your skin firm, flexible, and young. Here’s what you should know:
Collagen is a very abundant protein in you body. It is found in your skin, hair, nails, muscles, tendons, and other areas of the body. It is a large component of connective tissue. Collagen helps your skin stay firm and smooth. It also helps new skin cells form and works to keep toxins out of the body.
Elastin, like collagen, is an important protein that keeps your skin younger. Elastin helps your skin stay flexible and elastic. There is less elastin in your body than collagen, but elastin works with collagen to keep your skin firm, flexible, and smooth. Elastin can help to counter the effects of gravity on your skin.
As you get older, your body has less collagen and elastin. As a result, skin gets looser and thinner. It is also more easily damaged and more susceptible to the effects of gravity. Fine lines and wrinkles become more noticeable and your skin may sag, which can create the appearance of jowls or a double chin.
While you can’t completely prevent the effects of aging, there are many things you can do to protect the collagen and elastin in your body and keep your skin as young as possible.
A number of procedures are now known to increase your own natural collagen. Sculptra ,which is an injectable material that is FDA approved was originally developed to help AIDS patient restore tissue to their faces and which has been found to have significant aesthetic benefit in all patients who have lost facial volume. We also now know that even Juvederm and other HA type fillers will stimulate collagen production over time. There are also new injectable products derived from amniotic membrane that may have significant benefit in laser resurfacing as well as in microneedling.