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Why Collagen Is So Important in Maintaining Youthful Features

Life may hold no guarantees, as the saying goes, but the natural aging process certainly does. Given enough time, even those who’ve been blessed with “good genes” will eventually experience age-related skin changes that lead to sagging, fine lines, and wrinkles.  

But what makes these changes inevitable? After all, skin aging is a complex biological process that’s influenced by a wide range of factors, many of which can be slowed or delayed. For example, a diligent skin care routine supported by a nutritious diet can go a long way toward helping you maintain smooth, supple skin for years, just as spending a lot of time in the sun and smoking cigarettes can rapidly accelerate the skin aging process.

While there may be numerous influences that determine how quickly (and to what degree) your skin ages, each contributing factor has one thing in common: They weaken, destabilize, or otherwise alter collagen, the main protein that gives your skin structure.

Find out how collagen helps maintain smooth, supple, youthful-looking skin, and learn what you can do to promote optimal collagen renewal at any age.

Collagen and skin health

Collagen is the most abundant — and arguably the most important — protein in your body. It’s what gives your bones, ligaments, tendons, and connective tissues the structure and shape they need to help you move, bend, and stretch with ease. It’s also the main protein responsible for keeping your hair, nails, and skin healthy.

As the primary building block for dermal tissue, collagen helps your skin stay strong, toned, and supple. It also works synergistically with elastin, another important protein that allows your skin to stretch and contract as needed, without becoming loose or saggy in the process.

If you take good care of your skin and limit your sun exposure, you can expect the amount of collagen in your dermal tissues to naturally decrease by about 1% each year. If you smoke, spend a lot of time in the sun, or do anything else that puts a significant amount of stress on your skin, your collagen production levels may drop at a much faster rate.

Over time, decreasing collagen and elastin levels can give your skin a loose, saggy, or crepe-like appearance. Skin that’s well cared for often appears drier, thinner, and more finely wrinkled as it ages, while skin that’s been aged prematurely (usually by too much exposure to ultraviolet light) may appear mottled or discolored, deeply wrinkled, saggy, dull, and rough.      

Collagen renewal from the inside out

Age-related collagen loss may be a foregone conclusion, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about it. On the contrary, some of the most advanced skin renewal treatments are specifically designed to stimulate long-lasting collagen renewal to restore beautiful, more youthful-looking skin from the inside out.

Here at Arthritis & Osteoporosis Clinic, we’re proud to offer a complete menu of noninvasive and minimally invasive collagen renewal treatments, including:


This groundbreaking wrinkle reduction system uses noninvasive radiofrequency (RF) energy to superheat the deepest layers of your epidermis and stimulate the production of fresh collagen and elastin. Besides erasing fine lines and diminishing the appearance of deep wrinkles, Pellevé also helps restore optimal elasticity so your skin looks smoother, firmer, and more youthful for months.

PRP facial

A platelet-rich plasma (PRP) facial uses an ultra-fine microneedling device to deliver a highly concentrated serum of growth factors and other bioactive substances just below the surface of your skin. This powerful serum, which is derived from a small amount of your own blood, promotes rapid skin cell regeneration, collagen growth, and elastin renewal. The result? You’ll see smoother, tighter skin with fewer lines and wrinkles.


This simple skin revitalization treatment uses a 10-gauge scalpel to gently scrape away the top layer of dull, dead skin cells to stimulate collagen renewal and leave you with a glowing complexion. Because it also removes the natural peach fuzz along the sides of your face, dermaplaning leaves the surface of your skin extra smooth.  

Chemical peels

A chemical peel is a clinical skin treatment that involves the application of a customized formula to help gently peel away the top layer of your skin. Light chemical peels can help reduce the appearance of common skin flaws and leave you with a brighter complexion, while chemical peels that go deeper help stimulate collagen renewal and encourage optimal skin repair.    

Because these advanced collagen-renewal treatments deliver near-immediate results with minimal downtime, you can easily incorporate any one of them into your regular skin care routine. If you’re ready to rediscover gorgeous, youthful skin, call our office in Tyler, Texas, or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Brelsford.

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