Oh collagen and elastin….how do I keep you in my skin?

We keep hearing about the importance of collagen and elastin for our skin. But what does this actually mean? Collagen and elastin are proteins in our skin. Collagen boosts the hydration of the skin and decreases the appearance of wrinkles at the cellular level. Collagen is responsible for the tensile strength of the skin. Elastin allows the skin to stretch and shrink back (AKA elasticity) to the skin. As we age, we lose collagen and elastin. This results in our skin sagging and wrinkles developing. That is why we keep hearing about “collagen and elastin” and why it is so important to address.

How can you rebuild collagen and elastin? There are a handful of options.

1. Medical Microneedling- we take a “pen” with tiny needles at the tip and make little “punctures” into the skin. This creates a “microinjury” to the skin, which in turn, causes the production of collagen and elastin.

2. Dermal fillers – these are the “traditional fillers” that every talks about. By adding fillers, this gives volume to the areas of the skin that is already sagging. What we recently found in some studies, these fillers may have positive long lasting effects with rebuilding the collagen and elastin. How exciting!

3. PDO threads- we use sutures under the skin to lift and tuck various areas. It can be used as an alternative to fillers, but sometimes we use PDO threads in addition to the fillers. These sutures actually stimulate the production of collagen.

4. PRP- we draw your blood, spin it to get the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and inject this into the various areas of your face etc….PRP has growth factors that stimulate the formation of collagen.

6. Retinol cream- the “shedding” of your skin stimulates new skin cells and this creates the production of collagen

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