What to Know About Collagen

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Skin ages with time, but factors such as sun exposure can hasten the process. The UV rays from sunlight can damage the skin and the underlying collagen. Here’s what to know about collagen and how collagen injections can help skin regain its young, plump look.

What is Collagen?

Collagen is the main material found in the second layer of skin, which is called the dermic. What we see on the outside of the body or the first layer of skin, is called the epidermis. Collagen and elastin creates a mesh-like structure that gives support to our skin. In most collagen injection treatments, the collagen comes from a bovine source, although human collagen can also be used since most people easily accept both. With aging, this collagen reduces elasticity and the skin can begin to wrinkle or sag. The depletion of collagen can also cause hollow-appearing cheeks. Through the injection of collagen, doctors can repair many of these issues.

How is Collagen Used?

Doctors inject or implant collagen with a fine needle in specific injection sites in the face and neck. Injectables like these can replenish your skin’s natural collagen, smooth out wrinkles, and fill out skin depressions.  The body reabsorbs the collagen over the course of several months, and most people will need to go through another session of injections. Consult your doctor for more details and to create a customized game plan for your particular skin issues.

[Related: What is BOTOX?]

If you want to tighten your skin and achieve youthful facial contours without having to undergo surgery, consider going with a collagen injection treatment. Athré Facial Plastics offers a variety of non-surgical procedures, including collagen and BOTOX® injections. Contact us today to set up an appointment or schedule a consultation!