Over 90% of changes in the skin with aging are a result of sun damage, and other environmental toxins. Collagen is the main structural protein found in the skin and other connective tissues throughout the body. Think of collagen as the “building blocks” of the skin. As we age, our skin loses 1% of it’s collagen every year after age 20. Elastin is a protein that coils and recoils like a spring within the elastic fibers of connective tissue, accounting for the elasticity of the skin and other structures of the body. Our production of elastin is also greatly slowed with aging. Collagen and elastin are found in the deeper layer of the skin called the dermis, which is located right above the fatty layer which lies beneath the skin. With loss of collagen and elastin, comes wrinkles and changes in the skin’s texture. There are many treatment options to combat textural changes with skin aging. Many of them can be considered collagen induction therapies, working to stimulate collagen and elastin, helping to smooth texture. Injectable therapies work to either relax the muscles that cause tension on the skin, or they are directly injected into wrinkles to lift or plump them.
At New Life Aesthetics, our aesthetic nurse specialists will always consider your age, stage of aging, hormonal influences, environmental exposure, skin color and ethnicity when creating a customized plan to roll back time and smooth your skin. Call to schedule your consultation today.