Why Is Collagen So Important for Youthful Looking Skin?

Most women want to look as beautiful as possible. In most societies, including ours, beauty and youthfulness go hand in hand. But as we get older, it requires more effort to fight the visible signs of aging.

One reason for this is because of two essential proteins, collagen and elastin, which decrease as we get older. Collagen, in particular, plays a major role in maintaining youthful skin. Dr. Gae Rodke has some explanations about why collagen is so important and how it can help you achieve more youthful-looking skin.

How collagen creates youthful-looking skin

Collagen is one of the most abundant building blocks of good skin. When you’re young, your body naturally produces a lot of collagen. Some of the beneficial effects of collagen include the following:

Collagen makes up about 80 percent of the middle layer of your skin, called the dermis. It creates a network of cells called fibroblasts. Because it’s so abundant, collagen is one of the most important building blocks of your skin. This layer continually renews itself when you’re young, which helps to maintain plump, youthful skin with good elasticity. 

Collagen also has beneficial properties in other parts of your body, too. It’s one of the most important proteins in your body. Not only does it keep your skin looking youthful, but it also affects the appearance of your hair and even provides cushioning to your joints.

As collagen declines, you’re more likely to notice wrinkles and sagging skin. You may notice that your skin isn’t as supple as it once was. These unwelcome signs of aging can leave you feeling less than confident.

How to prevent loss of collagen

Losing collagen is a normal, common part of the aging process. While you can’t completely stop the process from happening, you can slow it down. 

Some of the most important ways that you can try to slow the loss of collagen include the following:

How to boost collagen in your skin

You can go to any health food store and find collagen supplements, which may help with joint pain. However, there’s little evidence that these will make a significant difference in the appearance of your skin.

Dr. Rodke provides a treatment that is more effective in boosting your natural collagen production. These procedures are non-invasive and do not require significant recovery time. Both procedures can stimulate your body’s natural production of collagen, which can reduce wrinkles and help you look younger.

The Votiva by InMode® is one method that can stimulate your body’s production of collagen. Votiva uses radiofrequency technology to increase blood flow and help your skin to produce more collagen. It creates smoother, more youthful-looking skin.

Morpheus8® is another type of procedure that combines microneedling with radiofrequency technology, which also stimulates collagen production.

Both of these procedures increase blood flow to your skin, which helps improve elasticity and skin tone. Radiofrequency technology also boosts both collagen and elastin, the two building blocks of healthy, youthful skin.

These procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and should cause minimal discomfort. If you would like to learn more about how these procedures can help you have more youthful-looking skin, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rodke today. Call her Upper West Side office at 212-496-9800 or request an appointment online.

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