Just like flowers can’t blossom without water and sunlight, the skin cannot remain vibrant, strong, and taut without a steady supply of collagen. Unfortunately, the body’s production of collagen diminishes steadily with age, which leaves the skin vulnerable to wrinkles, sagging, and other unwanted changes. By understanding exactly how collagen functions in the skin and then utilizing the best cosmetic treatments to boost collagen growth naturally, you can combat aging and maintain youthful, glowing skin.
What Exactly Is Collagen?
Collagen is one of the many different proteins found in the body’s tissues. It doesn’t just play a role in the skin, but throughout the entire body to provide a matrix that sustains the structure of tendons, cartilage, and skin. This means that it generates and maintains firmness, elasticity, and integrity where the body needs it most. In fact, of the five types of collagen formed in the body, the most abundant is Type One, which supports the skin, bones, organs, and tendons.
Type I Collagen in the Skin
Healthy collagen proteins form long tubes of tissue called fibers within the dermis of the skin. These fibers arrange themselves into tight patterns that keep the skin supple, taut, and strong. However, the body’s natural collagen production decreases with age. At the same time, the skin continually endures injury through sun exposure, pollution, smoking, and other lifestyle factors. Between diminished collagen production and continual cell damage, the skin becomes less capable of replacing weak collagen fibers with stronger, healthier fibers. So many weak collagen fibers result in wrinkled, lax skin that lacks the vibrancy of younger skin.
Boosting Collagen Production to Overcome Signs of Aging
Fortunately, you are not forced to accept your waning collagen production and damaged skin. There are many different cosmetic treatments available at Hermann Wellness in Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida that quickly and efficiently rejuvenate the skin by stimulating accelerated collagen production. Platelet-rich plasma injections, for example, stimulate collagen growth by delivering powerful growth factors into injured areas to trigger healing. IPL Skin Rejuvenation, eclipse micro-needling, and NovaThreads also do the same. Call Dr. Hermann at (813) 902-9559 to make your appointment now.