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The Role of Collagen and Elastin in Your Skin

The Role of Collagen and Elastin in Your Skin

Did you know that skin begins to show wrinkles and other signs of aging before age 30? We may not like it, but it’s true!

Your skin is your largest organ, and just like any other part of your body, it changes as you move through life. The way your skin ages depends on a lot of factors, and everyone experiences aging differently.

Everything from sun exposure to genetics influences your skin’s age-related changes. However, many of these changes stem from two critical proteins found in your skin: collagen and elastin.

At Modern Aesthetica, Daniel Moghadam, MD, and our team are trained in beauty and wellness. We understand all the ways your skin changes over time, and we offer the latest in aesthetic treatments to minimize signs of aging and help you feel your best.

If you want to learn more about the role of collagen and elastin in your skin, you’ve come to the right place.

Collagen and elastin: the building blocks of youthful skin

Collagen and elastin are both important protein fibers in your skin. Collagen gives skin structure and holds it in place, and elastin is part of skin’s connective tissue that allows it to stretch and shrink.

Both collagen and elastin make your skin firm and bouncy when you’re young. They work together to give your skin a plump, lifted appearance. When your skin moves, it snaps back into place quickly.

But as you age, your body doesn’t keep making the same amounts of collagen and elastin that it once did. Less collagen and elastin in your skin makes it thinner, softer, and more delicate.

This delicate skin begins to sag and drape down, creating fine lines and wrinkles. Unfortunately, skin changes continue to compound over time, and wrinkles become more significant.

Another common contributor to aging skin is loss of volume. You naturally have more fat under the surface of your skin in your youth, but that fat disappears over the years. Coupled with decreasing collagen and elastin, loss of facial volume contributes to a sunken, older appearance.

How to revitalize your skin at any age

You can’t stop your skin’s natural aging process. Collagen and elastin production gradually slow with time, and everyone develops lines and wrinkles as they get older. The good news is that you have lots of aesthetic treatment options available to boost skin health and revitalize your look.

Because collagen and elastin are crucial elements of youthful skin, Dr. Mogahadma and our team offer facial treatments designed to boost protein production. Microneedling and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) facials stimulate collagen growth to smooth wrinkles and improve skin texture, and they’re popular treatments for people of all ages who want better skin.

Cosmetic injectables like Botox® can erase even deep-set wrinkles, while dermal fillers can increase facial volume. For more advanced signs of aging, Dr. Moghadam may recommend a PDO thread lift to lift sunken cheeks and sagging jawlines.

It’s never too early — or too late — to take care of your skin. Get customized recommendations to enhance your appearance at Modern Aesthetica. Call our Santa Monica, California, office or request an appointment online now.

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