The Role of Collagen and Elastin in Your Skin

The Role of Collagen and Elastin in Your Skin

Your skin is supported by proteins, including collagen and elastin. These provide firmness and elasticity to your skin, giving you a more youthful appearance. As you get older, sun damage and aging cause your skin to produce less of these proteins. Luckily, there are many skin treatments that can boost production and reduce wrinkles. 

At Skin Deep Laser MD, serving Fort Worth, Weatherford, Benbrook, Burleson, Mansfield, Granbury, and Arlington, Texas, Dr. Laura Riehm offers a range of skin rejuvenation treatments, including microneedling to increase collagen and elastin production in your skin.

What are collagen and elastin?

Collagen and elastin are considered the building blocks of your skin, but many people don’t understand how they affect your complexion. 

Collagen is the most plentiful protein in the body, found in tendons, ligaments, and skin. It helps hold together different tissues, providing volume and shape. Like the name implies, elastin is what allows your skin to maintain its shape, even when it’s been stretched, pinched, or depressed. 

When you’re young, your body has a plentiful amount of these proteins, and they continue replicating throughout your life. However, many bodily functions slow down as you get older, including collagen and elastin production.

How aging affects the skin

The first signs of aging you will likely notice are dynamic wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. Certain expressions will permanently crease your skin, creating dynamic wrinkles that grow deeper with time. These include brow lines and crow’s feet. 

As your skin loses elasticity and volume, gravity pulls it down. This results in static wrinkles, which are etched deep into your skin. These wrinkles often form on the lower half of the face, especially around the mouth. 

Treatments that can rejuvenate skin

There are many treatments that can help rejuvenate your skin and promote rebuilding its structure through collagen and elastic production. In most cases, this process can be kickstarted by applying treatment to the surface or deeper layers of skin, triggering a healing process that stimulates collagen and elastin production.

For example, microneedling uses incredibly fine needles to inflict “micro-injuries” to skin layers. This tells the body to begin healing the injuries, which means collagen and elastin are produced. This production makes skin smoother, tighter, and more elastic; it fills in fine lines and wrinkles and can reduce the appearance of acne scars. 

Are you ready for skin rejuvenation? You can schedule an appointment by calling 817-263-7546 or booking online

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