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4 Key Things Everyone Should Know About Collagen Loss and Skin Aging

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If you’ve ever done a quick Google search for the word collagen, you know that this essential protein plays quite a few important roles in your body. After all, this protein is one of the major building blocks of bones, muscles, tendons, and even the largest organ in your body: the skin.

When it comes to collagen in your skin, this protein is responsible for giving the skin structure and support for a more youthful-looking complexion.1-7 So, when collagen begins to break down in your body, you can expect signs of aging including facial lines and wrinkles to appear. Luckily, it is possible to help combat collagen loss and boost the production of this naturally occurring protein. Here, we’ll break down the top 4 things you need to know about collagen loss and skin aging.

1. Collagen is a major factor in the appearance of your skin

As one of the main proteins in our skin, collagen is an integral part of skin health. Collagen is often referred to as the “scaffolding” of the skin, supporting the functions of elastin and hyaluronic acid (HA), which helps maintain the skin’s shape, while keeping it smooth and hydrated. A healthy supply of collagen makes for a more youthful-looking complexion.1-7

Those with an abundance of collagen in their skin tend to look much younger than those with depleted collagen levels. As time goes on, visible signs of collagen loss will begin to become apparent, with skin becoming less hydrated and smooth. Translation: Less collagen means more wrinkles!

2. Collagen levels decrease as you age

When this collagen “scaffolding” begins to break down, it starts to show in the outer appearance of your skin. The largest culprit for collagen depletion? Age. Collagen levels vary from person to person (genetics matter here!), but studies have found that most people begin to lose collagen at a decrease of about 1 percent per year once they hit their mid-twenties.8 And by age 45, you face up to 25% collagen loss.

3. Not all collagen treatments are the same

There are a number of treatments on the market that aim to boost collagen, but it’s important to note that not all anti-aging treatments are the same. Collagen creams can moisturize and temporarily improve the skin’s appearance, but these topical treatments don’t fully penetrate deep into the skin.9-11 Collagen supplements are broken down into collagen proteins when ingested, but their effectiveness remains inconclusive.12,13 For a substantial boost in collagen, opt for an in-office procedure such as an injectable treatment that helps stimulate collagen from deep within the skin.

4. Look for a clinically proven collagen stimulation treatment that works from the inside out

If you want to address an underlying cause of facial aging, not just the symptoms, then Sculptra® may be a good choice for you. Sculptra is the first and only FDA-approved PLLA facial injectable treatment that helps stimulate the skin’s own collagen production to smooth facial wrinkles, such as smile lines.14-15 It works gradually to rebuild collagen and help restore the skin’s inner structure from the inside out for a more youthful-looking appearance.14-19

Experts recommend a series of Sculptra treatments—typically around three—for full benefits. Results appear gradually—meaning no drastic changes in your natural appearance—and can last up to 2 years.14* Be sure to consult with your aesthetics practitioner to determine if this treatment is best for you.

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