What is collagen?
Collagen is an abundant protein found within the body and makes up a large majority of our skin, hair, and nails, and it makes up about a third of the proteins found in the body. Collagen is a protein used to aid in the skin becoming more elastic, aids in helping the body stay together like a “glue”, and replace dead skin cells.
What are some of the benefits?
Collagen has many benefits for your health and appearance. It is a strong protein, and due to this, it may aid in helping keep your joints strong and flexible while keeping your youthful appearance. In addition, your skin may stay supple and flexible.
What happens as time passes?
Something that becomes a problem as time progresses and we get older, our body produces less collagen as we get older. To start, your skin becomes less supple. In addition, wrinkles may become more evident because less collagen is being produced to fill them in. Your hair may become more thin and weak, and your joints may become stiff.
Is there anything that may be used to seemingly replace collagen?
In regards to physical appearance, there are a few ways you may be able to possibly appear more youthful. To start, you may look into a treatment such as microdermabrasion or microneedling which may induce the body into producing more collagen. On the other hand, you may be able to receive fillers, such as Juvéderm or Restylane, to reduce their appearance.
How would microneedling and microdermabrasion benefit you?
Microneedling and microdermabrasion, both minimally invasive procedures, may benefit your body with collagen production. Microneedling is a treatment that consists of minimally invasive procedure in which a tool with very small needles grazes the skin, creating unseen wounds on the skin which is the most natural method to induce collagen production. On the other hand, microdermabrasion is a treatment which lightly scrapes the top layer of skin away to reveal the layer underneath and may induce collagen production.
How would a filler benefit you?
A filler may be a good idea if you are looking to replace the appearance of more collagen. While a filler won’t produce collagen, it may aid and give the appearance that your body still produces as much collagen as it did years ago. Juvéderm and Restylane are both dermal fillers and may smooth the appearance of the skin and wrinkles.