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What Is Collagen and How Does It Benefit Your Skin?

You may have heard the word collagen before—and it was likely referencing something medical. Or maybe you’ve noticed it on a skin care product or hair product label. Have you ever wondered what it is?

The truth is, collagen plays a huge role in your body’s natural functions, and even your appearance! Learn what this substance is and how it can benefit your skin.

What Is Collagen?

Collagen is a protein (or technically, a polypeptide) that contains a mixture of amino acids. In the body, collagen is found in connective tissue and it helps to make up the skin, hair and nails.

Producing more collagen improves skin elasticity and hair strength, and that is why you’ll notice the protein on several beauty product labels.

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Just like many of the body’s natural proteins, collagen production can decrease with lifestyle factors such as stress, poor diet and aging. This lack of collagen can cause some concerns such as joint pain or digestion issues, but it commonly results in lines and wrinkles in the skin.

Luckily, when it comes to treating signs of aging, there are plenty of great options for stimulating collagen production! While there are beauty products and skin care lines that contain collagen, you’ll want to start with something like an injectable treatment that can address the issue directly.

How Do Injectable Treatments Combat Aging?

Lines and wrinkles are skin-deep, and for that reason, injectable treatments are the best solution! There are several injectables on the market, but each filler is unique. All injectable treatments have the same goal, however—and that is to fill in lines and wrinkles by adding volume under the skin.

There are many injectable treatments designed to address a lack of collagen as well, containing the protein in their formula. Additionally, other fillers mimic the body’s natural collagen production, helping kick-start the process and produce more of the protein. But when it comes to collagen-stimulating fillers, Dr. Lazarus recommends Sculptra® Aesthetic.

How Does Sculptra Aesthetic Work?

As mentioned, all fillers have the same goal of adding volume under the skin, and oftentimes, increasing collagen production. But with Sculptra, the difference is that results continue to improve over time. Its poly-L-lactic acid formula rebuilds collagen strands and creates a foundation for healthy collagen production in the long-term.

While other injectable treatments show immediate volume enhancement, more sessions are likely needed to maintain the youthful appearance you desire. There are a few initial sessions and maintenance required with Sculptra as well, but the results are proven to last up to two years. Rebuild what was lost while replenishing the building blocks for younger-looking skin!

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Stimulating Collagen with Injectable Treatments

Now that you know what collagen is and how it can benefit your skin, do you feel like stimulating its production would help you reach your goals? Call our office at 865.588.1662 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lazarus! We can help you decide whether Sculptra or other injectable treatments are right for you, and customize a treatment plan.

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