Why Is Collagen So Important for Youthful-Looking Skin?

November 5, 2019

Collagen is a substance your body produces naturally, and it plays a vital role in the health, feel, and appearance of your skin.

Soudabeh Ahadi, MD, and the experienced aesthetics team at Monroe OBGYN understand how the loss of collagen as you get older can impact your self-confidence and satisfaction with your appearance. They offer on-site treatments using dermal fillers to address the side effects of collagen loss.

Why collagen is such a big deal

Collagen is a protein produced in your body. During your younger years, you continue to produce a large supply of this protein to support the health of your tissues, including your muscles and your skin. You also need collagen to keep your bones and joints healthy and strong.

As you get older, your body slows down its production of collagen. Gradually, the impact of this collagen loss becomes more and more apparent on your face and in the skin all over your body.

Your skin is no longer elastic or flexible. Instead, skin becomes looser and less flexible, causing wrinkles and lines to form, especially around your mouth, eyes, and nose. The skin on your neck begins to sag and your facial features begin to look older and tired.

The loss of collagen also results in the loss of volume in your face and hands. This caved-in appearance also takes away from your natural facial contours and can make you look older than your years.

Reversing the effects of lost collagen

One of the first ways you can start rebuilding collagen is through your diet. Protein-rich foods are an ideal source of collagen, and you should incorporate more of them into your diet. Good choices for collagen-boosting foods include:

  • Eggs
  • Beef
  • Fish
  • Beans
  • Chicken
  • Dairy products

You also need to get more vitamin C, copper, and zinc into your diet from fresh citrus fruits, broccoli, and other garden greens.

In addition to better dietary choices, you can also benefit from the many dermal fillers the Monroe OBGYN team offers.

Benefits of collagen-boosting dermal fillers

The Monroe OBGYN aesthetic experts offer several options for dermal fillers, including the Juvéderm® line of injectable fillers. These products contain hyaluronic acid, another substance naturally found in your body, to safely enhance areas of lost volume.

In addition to filling out your facial features and restoring your youthful looks, dermal filler injections can stimulate your body’s natural production of collagen. Over time, as new collagen builds, your skin appears smoother and firmer, further boosting your injection therapy results.

To further highlight the natural contours of your face, the Monroe OBGYN team offers Kybella® injections to address the submental fat under your chin you can’t lose with diet and exercise.  This prescription injectable destroys stubborn fat cells for good, reducing the appearance of a double chin and improving your overall facial profile.

You can maintain your results from Juvéderm and Kybella injections for the long-term by following a good skin care regimen and drinking plenty of water each day to keep your skin hydrated.

If you’re ready to reverse the signs of aging and boost your natural collagen production, schedule a skin consultation at Monroe OBGYN today using the online booking feature or by calling the office.  

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