Whether it’s age-related, driven by sun damage, accelerated by smoking, or all the above, collagen loss sets the stage for every fine line and deep wrinkle that appears on your skin. It also plays a fundamental role in diminishing your skin’s shape, elasticity, and resilience.
Luckily, collagen depletion is not an irreversible problem — in fact, it’s a problem that Brittney Gast, RN, BSN, and our skilled team at Natural Obsession Aesthetics can effortlessly remedy in no time at all.
Here, Brittney discusses collagen’s vital role in supporting healthy, youthful-looking skin, and explains how a remarkable dermal filler called Sculptra® instantly and actively helps rebuild lost collagen, smooth deep wrinkles, tighten sagging skin, and restore lost facial volume for up to 24 months.
Collagen is a fibrous protein that gives structure and strength to many different body tissues, from bones, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage, to muscles, blood vessels, organs, and skin.
While it accounts for about 30% of the proteins in your body tissues, collagen is the primary protein in your skin — up to 80% of the dry weight that makes up your epidermal tissues is collagen, meaning at least three in four of your skin’s structural building blocks are collagen.
This abundant and supportive protein creates the perfect organic scaffold, giving your skin its shape, strength, and resilience. Along with elastin and keratin, the other main proteins in your skin, collagen works to keep your skin firm, supple, and in an ongoing state of renewal.
Many coinciding influences and circumstances work in concert to age your skin, but one key underlying factor has an outsized effect on the appearance of your complexion as you get older, and that’s collagen loss.
To put it bluntly, diminished collagen levels are a prominent, natural, and unavoidable driver of skin aging. Your skin’s collagen matrix can be diminished in various ways:
Even if you eat a nutrient-rich diet, protect your skin from the sun, and avoid smoking, simply growing older can take a toll on your skin’s collagen scaffolding — starting at about the age of 20, your epidermal collagen levels decline by about 1% each year (that’s a 25% total loss by the time you’re 45 years old).
It makes perfect sense that collagen loss eventually shows up on your complexion — losing the very building blocks that keep your skin firm, smooth, supple, and healthy is the leading catalyst for fine lines, wrinkles, poor skin laxity, and uneven skin texture.
But while many aspects of aging can’t be halted, offset, or reversed, collagen loss isn’t one of them. That’s exciting news if you like the idea of achieving healthier, more youthful-looking skin with fewer lines and wrinkles.
Sculptra is a specially formulated injectable that’s FDA-approved to smooth out shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds, enhance your natural facial contours, and effectively reverse some of the most noticeable signs of aging.
Our team at Natural Obsession Aesthetics can use Sculptra to treat:
Sculptra’s skin-boosting, wrinkle-smoothing success lies in its main ingredient: Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). PLLA is a biocompatible, biodegradable, and hypoallergenic synthetic material that your body absorbs naturally and gradually.
PLLA is a powerful biostimulatory ingredient, meaning it stimulates your own skin to produce more collagen. As it gradually releases its microparticles into your deep dermal tissues, your collagen levels get a major and long-lasting boost.
Stimulating your skin to ramp up its collagen production is one of the best ways to renew its underlying structures and revitalize its appearance. Natural collagen stimulation is also a gift that keeps on giving — the more collagen you have in your skin, the more collagen your skin will continue to produce on its own.
Sculptra gets to work immediately, smoothing your skin and diminishing the appearance of lines and wrinkles within hours. Your results continue to noticeably improve for several weeks as your skin’s collagen remodeling process kicks into high gear.
This deep and enduring collagen response lasts for many months, leaving you with firmer, younger-looking skin and a fresh-faced complexion for up to two full years.