Have you found that no matter what topical creams and serums you use, you still see more lines and wrinkles in your reflection? For many of us, the fact that our skin looks older than we feel on the inside can impact our self-confidence.
At the Institute for Health Management Aesthetics in Petaluma, California, we know how frustrating it can be to see fine lines, wrinkles, and saggy skin in the mirror. What’s more, we understand how your appearance plays a large role in how you feel about yourself as well as your physical health.
David Chappell, MD, and our skincare team offer compassionate care and a variety of treatments to ensure the optimal health and appearance of your skin. If you’re ready to take years off your face, we have the solution you’ve been looking for.
We’ve put together this helpful guide to explain how collagen affects the look and feel of your skin and why it’s so important for youthful-looking skin.
What collagen is and what it does
Collagen is a hardy protein found all over your body, including in your skin, bones, tendons and ligaments, and muscles. As the most abundant protein in your body, collagen is the scaffolding that supports its structures.
Beyond giving structural support, collagen plays an important role in the health of your joints and bones and accounts for a large portion of your hair and nails. It’s also the main ingredient in the protective structures around your internal organs.
How collagen affects your skin
Your skin is made up of different layers. While you may see signs of aging on the top layer, the processes that affect the appearance of your skin start in the deeper layers.
Collagen and other proteins, like elastin, work together in the middle layer of your skin to create the specialized tissue needed to make new skin cells. The more collagen your body produces, the more often the skin on the surface layer is replaced. This keeps your skin looking young, firm, and smooth.
You begin to make less collagen as you get older. This drop starts in your 20s, and by your 40s collagen production drops significantly. For women, menopause triggers another significant decline. And by the time 60 hits, both men and women experience a dramatic decrease in the amount of collagen their bodies produce.
Signs of declining collagen production include:
- Fine lines and crow’s feet
- Wrinkles, especially on the face, neck, and decolletage
- Dry and crepey skin
- Less firm, saggy skin
- Sharper-looking bones
Can I increase my collagen production?
If you’re hoping to attain more youthful-looking skin by increasing your collagen production, you’re in luck. Collagen-stimulating treatments can help reverse your skin’s signs of aging.
At the Institute for Health Management Aesthetics, we work to make your skin tighter and firmer using our state-of-the-art TempSure™ Envi treatment. This painless, noninvasive treatment gently heats and tightens your skin and stimulates your body’s natural collagen production using radiofrequency energy.
You’ll start to see results a few weeks after your initial treatment and full results in about 4-6 weeks. Dr. Chappell may recommend additional TempSure sessions to help you reach and maintain your goals.
No matter your skin’s condition, our team works with you to plan the optimal treatments so you can put your best face forward.
Where can I go for more information?
Dr. Chappell and our team can help you turn back the hands of time with our variety of treatments and skin care services. After evaluating your skin, we’ll recommend the best ways to help you reach your skin goals.
Celebrate the holidays this year with tighter, firmer, more youthful-looking skin. It takes time for new skin cells to grow, so it’s important to begin as soon as possible. Contact our office by phone or request an appointment online today.