The Role of Collagen in Your Skin

The Role of Collagen in Your Skin

If you read beauty magazines or blogs, you’re probably already at least a little familiar with the word collagen. It’s been something of a trending topic recently, and for good reason. Not only is collagen the most common protein throughout your body, but it also plays a critical role in your skin’s health and appearance. 

That’s why here at Neosculpt Laser Vein & Cosmetic Surgery Center in Abilene, Texas, Nikunj Patel, MD, FACC, and our team offer several different ways to stimulate collagen, including microneedling, PDO threadlifts, and Radiesse®

Before we dig into what these treatments can do, let’s look at why collagen matters so much. 

Collagen 101

There are 28 different types of collagen. They function like the scaffolding throughout your body, holding things together. Collagen plays a central role in your connective tissue and strengthens your bones, for example. 

When it comes to your skin, collagen is the protein that keeps it both tight and elastic. That’s what allows your skin to move with you throughout your day without getting slack and saggy. If you lightly pinch your arm right now, you’ll see your skin go right back to normal after you release. You can thank collagen for that. 

The issue is that collagen production declines through the years. As you get older, your body makes less and less of this critical protein. Without this scaffolding to support your skin, it loses elasticity. You start to see sagging and wrinkles. 

Here’s the good news: Thanks to medical research, you don’t have to sit by and watch aging take hold as you lose collagen. Here at Neosculpt Laser Vein & Cosmetic Surgery Center, Dr. Patel offers three different ways to boost collagen levels in your skin. 

How to get more collagen

Let’s explore each option one by one: 

Microneedling

With this treatment, Dr. Patel uses ultra-fine needles to prick the surface of your skin. Your skin reads this as an injury and jumpstarts its healing processes, which include producing new collagen. Microneedling gives you a safe, effective way to trick your body into naturally making more of the protein your skin needs. 

PDO threadlifts

Dr. Patel can place polydioxanone (PDO) threads — the same material in absorbable sutures — under the surface of your skin to lift and anchor it. As your skin absorbs the PDO threads, it replaces it with new collagen, helping the results to last long after the threads are gone. 

Radiesse

This groundbreaking dermal filler works a lot like other fillers in that it replenishes the volume loss that accompanies collagen decline through the years. But it doesn’t stop there.

Radiesse is also formulated to stimulate new collagen production. 

Collagen is the key to keeping your skin young-looking through the years. To find out which collagen-stimulating treatment is right for you, call Neosculpt Laser Vein & Cosmetic Surgery Center or request your appointment online today. 

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