COLLAGEN

Collagen is the primary connective tissue of the human body. It is made up of tiny protein fibers. It is the material that holds us together, and therefore there are many different kinds of collagen (28 types) depending on what the function of the collagen is. For instance, the collagen in our tendons is different than the collagen that forms our skin, or the cartilage in our ears, nose or bones, or the type that supports our blood vessels or the kind that is found in scars… to name just a few!

The collagen matrix in or skin is found in the dermis. It is of particular interest to most people, because it is the main factor that gives our skin its youthful healthy look…. Or conversely, once we reach 40 years old and beyond, when our bodies stop making and repairing collagen in our skin, it’s aging and damaged appearance.

The engineering that creates collagen is spectacular. Trillions upon trillions of tiny fibers tightly knit together – then chemically bonded together into bundles, then arranged into thousands of layers (like plywood), those layers are then braided together into a 3 dimensional 360 degree complex of intertwined layers… which together make the collagen matrix of your skin incredibly strong, yet elastic, flexible, resilient, stretchable, lifted, toned, tight, and full… all the things that make skin look youthful, sexy and healthy. Looking at the collagen matrix under a microscope its intricacy and beauty are stunning.

From the perspective of human beauty, what is especially remarkable about the collagen matrix of the skin, is that the physiological machinery that makes, repairs and maintains collagen can be kept in a stimulated and functional state that keeps our skin youthful and healthy for decades, long after most people experience sagging and wrinkling. That is what a physiological approach to Regenerative Medicine is all about. Keeping your physiology functioning as it did when you were young, strong and vital!

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Wondering where all that collagen went? As we age, our skin’s ability to produce collagen diminishes. And depending on our lifestyle proclivities, from too much sunning to unhealthy habits like smoking or poor diet, collagen breakdown can leave us weathered, wrinkled and sagging.

There are many different treatments available that claim to boost your collagen and reverse the signs of aging. But which of these collagen treatments actually work? Read below to discover what works and what doesn’t.

 

Now that you have read the article What is Collagen? The Basic Biology, you know that healthy collagen is key to youthful and healthy looking skin.  In fact, even for people who are un-educated about collagen, society is filled with advertisements about supplements, vitamins and products that improve skin by “boosting” your collagen. Do collagen supplements work?

Bottom line:  If you are interested in skin tightening, or a variety of other collagen boosting treatments such as; a non-surgical facelift, skin rejuvenation, laser face lift, neck lift, etc, you must understand that collagen plays a major factor in all of these treatments.

 

The Basic Biology of Collagen

Before we can dive into getting rid of wrinkles or sagging skin, we first need to understand the basic biology of collagen. 

However, I do understand that unless you are excited by science, you might find the next few paragraphs a tad boring… So to help keep your interest peaked, let me start by saying:

Sexy, gorgeous, lifted, toned, smooth, youthful skin – is all about collagen.

YOUR SKIN IS COMPOSED OF TWO MAIN LAYERS

What is Collagen - Your skin is comprised of 2 main layersEpidermis: Top thin layer that everybody is looking at.