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What’s The Scoop On Collagen and Elastin?

cosmetic treatmentsFall is finally here! It’s time to put “take better care of my skin” on your to-do list. Maintaining your skin’s firmness and flexibility are important, especially as you age. Collagen and Elastin are two of the important proteins contained in your body that help maintain that firmness and flexibility. They play a crucial role in your skin’s appearance. As you consider you skin care for fall, think about these two proteins and how they are somewhat alike but also very different:

  • Collagen is found abundantly in your nails, hair, skin, tendons, muscles, and other parts of your body. It’s a necessary component of your body’s connective tissue. Collagen helps your skin stay smooth and firm, keeps harmful toxins at bay, and aids in the formation of new skin cells.
  • Elastin helps counter the effects of gravity on your skin by helping it maintain its flexibility and elasticity. There is less elastin in your body than collagen, but they work together to keep your skin looking young.

As you age, these critical proteins begin to deplete, resulting in thin, loose, saggy skin which is easily damaged and especially susceptible to the pull of gravity. Wrinkles and fine lines begin to appear, as well as jowls or a double chin. It’s impossible to stop the aging process, but there are some things you can do to protect your collagen and elastin and keep your skin looking vibrant for as long as possible:

  • Avoid UVB and UV sun damage by always wearing sunscreen
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Stop smoking. It can cause many of the lines and wrinkles that form around the mouth
  • Replenish collagen with a dermal filler!

We offer a number of cosmetic treatments that can counter the effects of aging. Dermal fillers, such as Perlane®, use hyaluronic acid to restore lost volume to your face and smooth your skin. Others, such as Radiesse®, stimulate your body’s production of collagen, for natural, and long-lasting results.

Would you like to learn more about the fast, safe, non-surgical procedures we offer to help reduce the visible signs of aging? Call to schedule an appointment, today: (414) 443-0033.

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