On average, we lose about 1% of our collagen every year after the age of 20! Collagen is a vital fibrous protein that is found all throughout the body; it connects and supports tissues including skin, bone, muscles, tendons, cartilage and organs. It’s the main protein in connective tissue and is responsible for skin firmness and suppleness. Elastin is a protein in connective tissue that is responsible for giving structure to our skin and organs. It allows your skin to resume shape after stretching or contracting. Together, collagen and elastin keep connective tissue firm and prevent wrinkles.
As we age and accumulate more sun damage, our collagen becomes looser and is digested easily by our body. This ultimately leads to fine lines and wrinkles. Our dermatologists careful evaluate your face and body since there are many different ways to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and laxity, including lasers, tightening devices, and fillers.