Of all the proteins in the human body, collagen is the most plentiful. It serves as a major structural component and is found in the skin, muscles, bones, and tendons. Collagen is one of the proteins that keep skin looking plump and supple; however, production of the essential protein decreases with age. Powders, pills, and injections containing collagen have subsequently joined the ranks of other anti-aging techniques such as Botox®, chemical face peels, and fillers as ways to maintain a youthful appearance. Below are answers to questions about this protein.
Frequently-Asked Questions About Collagen
What does collagen do?
Collagen plays numerous roles within the body. In the dermis, or skin’s middle layer, it helps create a fibrous cell network that promotes new cell growth and replaces dead cells to keep skin looking fresh. Other bodily roles include holding the muscles, tendons, and joints together, and covering and subsequently protecting organs such as the kidneys. And while the body never stops producing collagen, it does decrease with age and lifestyle habits such as consistent UV ray exposure, sugar consumption, and tobacco use. These habits produce free radicals causing untimely cell deaths.
Wrinkled, sagging skin is among the most obvious physical results of lowered collagen production. Many people rely on Botox, facial fillers, and chemical face peels to reduce or eliminate fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin.
How does it work as an anti-aging product?
Collagen restores skin elasticity and hydration to reveal a more youthful appearance. Pills and other options help skin look smoother and firmer while also reducing cellulite and stretch marks, both of which become more obvious on thinner, aging skin. Collagen also increases hair-building proteins in the body to create thicker, more lustrous strands.
What Other Benefits Does It Provide?
Replenishing lost collagen promotes bodily health in many ways, including building muscle and burning fat, easing joint pain, and improving digestive health. It helps build muscle and joint tissue, contributes to creatine production to help the muscles work more efficiently during exercise, and strengthens digestive tract lining to manage health issues such as leaky gut syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. Collagen has also been used in guided tissue regeneration and osteoarthritis treatment.
Are there side effects?
Collagen side effects are rare; however, the protein can cause hypersensitivity in those with certain food allergies. Products made with collagen from shellfish or eggs, for example, can create allergic reactions. Hypersensitivity tests let you know if you are a candidate. These supplements can also create a bad taste in the mouth.
Discuss this anti-aging treatment among others such as Botox and chemical face peels with Lauren A. Daman, M.D., P.C. to determine what is right for your skincare needs. The dermatologist provides residents throughout Hartford County, CT, with personalized skincare solutions using state-of-the-art technology, including Botox, sclerotherapy, facial fillers, and microdermabrasion. Call (860) 246-3533 to schedule a consultation or visit the doctor online for more information.