Why Is Collagen So Important for Youthful-Looking Skin?

Are you tired of looking in the mirror and not liking what you see? Are fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin impacting your appearance and your self-confidence?

At Columbia Internal Medicine in Castletown, New York, we understand the impact your appearance has on your self-esteem and self-confidence. We want to help you look and feel your best, and our collagen-stimulating treatments might be the solution you’ve been looking for. 

Padma Sripada, MD and our team offer skilled and compassionate care that helps you put your best face forward. We’ve put this guide together to help you understand how collagen can improve your skin’s appearance.

Read on to learn why collagen is important for youthful-looking skin.

What is collagen?

Collagen is a sturdy, insoluble protein found in our muscles, skin, tendons, and bones. In fact, it’s the most abundant form of protein we have.

There are two types of collagen: endogenous, or naturally-occurring collagen, and exogenous, collagen used for medical or superficial repairs. 

What does collagen do?

Collagen plays a very important role in your body — it holds everything together.  

Collagen molecules come together to form long and tough fibers. These fibers act like scaffolding, supporting your body’s structure. 

This amazing protein is present in all smooth muscle tissue in your body. Collagen not only helps your skin, but it also keeps your joints and bones healthy. Not to mention, collagen is the major ingredient in what makes up your nails and hair.

How does collagen impact our skin?

Your skin is made up of many layers. In the middle layer, collagen and other cells, like elastin, work together to create connective tissue that lets new skin cells grow. 

Collagen works to keep your skin looking fresh and young by promoting regeneration of the top layer and restoring dead skin cells. As we age, our bodies naturally produce less collagen. 

As you reach your mid-to-late 40s, collagen production drops significantly. Women typically experience a dramatic reduction in collagen after menopause, and by the age of 60, both men and women have a considerable decline.    

Collagen levels can’t be assessed with a blood test. But decreasing collagen production has noticeable effects on your appearance, including:

Is it possible to increase collagen production?

While some things about aging are unavoidable, collagen isn’t one of them. Which is good news for anyone looking to increase collagen for more youthful-looking skin! 

The more collagen you have in your body, the more collagen your body will produce. By triggering this domino effect and maintaining the elevated collagen levels, your skin will look younger and fresher.

Collagen production can be stimulated in several ways, such as microneedling or fractional lasers. Dr. Padma offers several treatments that stimulate collagen to tighten and rejuvenate your skin. She’ll work with you to determine the best course of treatment based on your skin and goals.  

How do I get started on the path to youthful-looking skin?

If you’re ready to turn back the clock by turning up your collagen production, schedule a consultation with Dr. Padma at Columbia Internal Medicine. Dr. Padma and our experienced care team will evaluate your skin and advise you on the best uses of treatment to meet your goals.

Skin takes time to grow, so the sooner you start, the sooner you’ll see results. And with the holidays right around the corner, now is the time to get ready to put your best face forward.

Contact us through our website and get on the path to youthful-look skin today! 

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