How Can a Collagen Boost Enhance My Skin?

Most people expect a few fine lines and wrinkles to develop as they get older, but the loss of volume and resulting sagging skin can still come as a surprise. You may think there’s not much you can do about it, but we can help.

At the Osteoporosis and Rheumatology Center of Tampa Bay, Dr. Jeffrey Miller and our staff understand that feeling good about how you look is an important factor in your overall health. Feeling glum when you look in the mirror is not good for your mental health, and it may even prevent you from living an active, healthy lifestyle. 

A collagen boost could be exactly the procedure you need to help you feel good about your skin again. Here’s a look at the role collagen plays in your skin and how we can help you stay looking young. 

Collagen basics

There are many different kinds of proteins in your body, and they’re all important. Collagen is the most plentiful of the proteins, accounting for one-third of the protein in your body! It plays a critical role in providing support, so it’s especially important in your bones, skin, and nails. 

Collagen is also a component of connective tissues, like your muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It would be more difficult to name a part of your body that doesn’t use collagen than to name all of those that do.

It’s interesting to note that the word “collagen” comes from the Greek word for “glue”: kolla. And that’s exactly what collagen accomplishes — it helps hold your tissues together. 

Getting older

When you’re young, your body produces plenty of collagen, but by the time you get to be about 20 years old, the amount of collagen you make begins to slowly decline by around 1% per year. In addition to a declining supply, the collagen your body makes becomes weaker as you age. 

You don’t notice the difference immediately, but as the years pass, the reduced, weaker collagen begins to make itself known. One of the first places you can observe the loss is in your skin. Less collagen means your skin is less elastic and more prone to sagging and wrinkling.

Decreasing your loss of collagen

There’s not much you can do to slow down your body’s natural decline in collagen production. Two steps you can take, though, are avoiding exposure to the sun and quitting smoking. The sun breaks down your collagen, and smoking inhibits collagen production. 

Although oral and topical supplements are available, there’s not much evidence showing that they work very well to keep up your collagen levels. Some experts believe that your digestive system breaks down oral supplements significantly, so collagen taken that way has little chance of improving your skin.

Advanced technology to boost collagen

Because the path to younger-looking skin is probably not restoring collagen with supplements, we offer an advanced technology: TempSure® Envi. This specialized treatment uses radiofrequency energy to safely heat the tissue deep beneath your skin. 

Your body reacts to that heat as it would to damage, and it instigates a healing process — which includes increased collagen production. There’s no discomfort associated with a TempSure Envi treatment, it’s non-invasive, and the results can last for months. 

If you’d like to learn more about how a collagen boost can improve the appearance of your skin, schedule an appointment today at Osteoporosis and Rheumatology Center of Tampa Bay. We’re happy to answer your questions and provide an evaluation to determine if TempSure Envi is a good option for you.

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