Collagen is a fibrous protein found mainly in connective tissues that exist throughout the body. It is important for creating and maintaining healthy cartilage, bones, and other tissues despite being better known for its cosmetic use as a skin rejuvenator. Collagen provides a strong and flexible frame that’s able to withstand stress and stretching and heals wounds by connecting torn skin. Collagen production is beneficial to all aspects of the body, including bone, cartilage, and skin health. To learn more, contact the professionals at Amachi MedSpa.
Bone and Cartilage Health
With its gel-like, smooth structure that covers and holds our bones together, collagen allows us to glide and move without pain. Due to hormone changes and other age-related factors, the level of collagen produced decreases with age as well. Since collagen serves as the binding sites for calcium, bone health depends on a combination of collagen and calcium to make bone strong and flexible, giving bone the ability to withstand stress.
Cartilage is found in the nose, ears, and throat and joints all over the body. In joints, cartilage prevents bones from rubbing against each other, promotes ease of motion and aids in repair. Collagen also helps connect natural cartilage in order to help repair tissue.
Collagen supports skin strength while also maintaining elasticity. Human skin contains 14 types of collagen, but 80 percent of that is type I collagen and 15 percent is type III. After a scrape or cut of the skin, the body produces collagen to reconnect skin tissues and help heal the injury. Aging or disease causes collagen to break down; then the skin starts to thin, dry out, wrinkle, and become fragile. Some diseases can interfere with or attack collagen in the skin and other tissues.
Aging of the skin is characterized by fine lines, laxity, and pigment issues. These marks are in part due to deficiencies and the breakdown of collagen-related to skin damage, age or disease. Lifestyle factors can also contribute to depleting collagen levels. It’s also been found that collagen-related diseases can arise from a combination of either genetic defects, poor intake of collagen-rich foods, nutritional deficiencies and digestive problems affecting collagen production.
Boost Your Collagen Production
A boost in collagen can help to rejuvenate your skin. To schedule a consultation and learn about ways to keep up your body’s natural collagen production, contact us today at Amachi MedSpa in Marietta, GA!