Understanding the Role of Collagen in Your Skin

Understanding the Role of Collagen in Your Skin

Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body. It serves as the foundation on which connective tissue is made and is a major component of your skin, muscles, tendons, and hair. Collagen keeps your tissue strong and enables your skin to bounce back and withstand stretching.

As you age, collagen in your skin naturally declines, leading to wrinkles and skin that looks tired and aged. Here at Westport MediSpa, Dana Brownell, MD, offers a full spectrum of skin care treatments to address fine lines, wrinkles, and other skin flaws caused by reduced collagen production. 

Cosmetic injectables combat fine lines and wrinkles, leaving you with smoother, younger-looking skin. Keep reading to find out how cosmetic injectables can turn back the hands of time and restore a more youthful appearance.

Collagen and your skin

As you get older your body gradually makes less collagen, a substance that keeps skin supple, plump, and youthful looking. Beginning around your mid 20s, collagen production starts to decline. Lifestyle factors such as excess sun exposure, smoking, and poor sleep habits also contribute to skin aging.

The market is flooded with products that promise to restore your youthful appearance, and this includes collagen supplements. Unfortunately, many of these products do not deliver on their claims. However, there have been tremendous strides in cosmetic dermatology.

Cosmetic injectables reduce signs of aging

It's no wonder cosmetic injectables are some of the most popular cosmetic treatments available. Wrinkle reducers like Botox and Dysport, along with dermal fillers, are in-office treatments that reduce the appearance of wrinkles with zero downtime. Dermal fillers provide natural looking results and can significantly improve your facial appearance.

Botox®  and Dysport® 

Botox and Dysport are cosmetic injectables that use a highly purified form of the neurotoxic protein botulinum toxin produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. When injected into targeted areas, these injectables relax facial muscles, resulting in smoother skin with fewer visible wrinkles.

Dermal fillers

Loss of collagen, fat, and hydrating substances in the skin result in sagging and volume loss. Dermal fillers address volume loss to enhance shallow contours and soften facial creases. It can also plump the lips. 

Dermal fillers contain gel-like substances such as hyaluronic acid, a substance your body naturally makes. Once injected, dermal fillers restore fullness to shallow areas of the face so that you have plumper, softer, younger-looking skin.

Botox and dermal fillers are two categories of tools we have in our arsenal to combat the signs of aging. Injectables can be combined with other treatments such as microneedling and customized facials. 

Smoother, younger-looking skin is attainable thanks to cosmetic injectables. When you’re ready to restore your youthful facial appearance, we can help. To get started, call 203-227-5437 to speak with one of our knowledgeable team members to schedule a visit with Dr. Brownell. Glowing skin awaits!

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