Why Is Collagen so Important for Youthful Looking Skin?

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, covering an average of 22 square feet and weighing in at 8 pounds. And it plays a very important role in your health by protecting your body from the world around you, from the sun’s ultraviolet rays to flying objects. 

To perform this role, your skin relies on two very important proteins, collagen and elastin, which provide much of the structural support in your tissue. But when the production of these proteins begins to wane, you’re left with skin that wrinkles and sags more easily, robbing you of your youthful appearance.

At Marion Ob/Gyn, Dr. David Foulk and our team offer a wide range of services to women that address both health and well-being, inside and out. We understand the importance of looking as good as you feel, which is why we provide a comprehensive suite of aesthetic services at our practice. And among our cutting-edge tools and products is an innovative laser technology that addresses the loss of collagen in your skin.

Here’s a look at why collagen is so important for youthful-looking skin and how we can bring it back.

The makeup of your skin

You may have heard the old saw about your skin being largely water, which contains some truth, but it’s not the entire picture. The percentage of your skin that’s made up of water is 64%, which means that H2O is the primary ingredient in skin. But your skin also contains proteins, lipids, and minerals.

Your skin is made up of three layers, including your:

Epidermis

This is the outer layer of your skin and performs the vital role of shielding your body from harm.

Dermis

This is the middle layer of your skin, which is responsible for the fullness of your skin. Your dermis is where collagen and elastin go to work to bring your skin elasticity and tone, and it also contains you hair follicles, your sebaceous glands, and your blood vessels.

Hypodermis

This is the layer of skin that mostly contains fat to keep your internal organs warm and protected. Your hypodermis also contains your sweat glands, as well as collagen.

The loss of collagen

Now that you better understand the many layers of your skin and what each contains, we can review the role that collagen plays, which is mainly structural. This protein is synthesized by fibroblasts in your tissue that are responsible for the connective tissues in your body.

As with many of your body’s systems, your collagen production progressively wanes as you grow older, but slowly at first. After 20, you lose 1% of collagen production per year, which continues into your 40s. But when you hit perimenopause and menopause, this slow decline becomes a precipitous drop as your hormone levels plummet.

The effect that lower estrogen and progesterone levels has on your skin is largely told through the loss of collagen, leaving you with skin that sags and wrinkles.

Calling in your collagen

While there’s little we can do to stop aging, we can provide a wakeup call for your collagen with our innovative Sciton® technology. Using this laser, we deliver therapeutic energy into your skin that spurs your fibroblasts to synthesize more collagen. 

Your tissue registers the heat as a breech in its defenses and works to shore up the area with renewed support, namely collagen. Using this technology, we can breathe new life into aging skin.

If you’d like to tackle aging skin through collagen renewal, please contact us at (740) 204-6667 to get started.

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