Collagen Is the Key
The not-so-secret cause of facial aging
One of the primary reasons for visible facial aging is loss of collagen, a fibrous protein in the deep dermis that gives structure to skin and supports the functions of elastin and hyaluronic acid (HA). Elastin is an elastic protein that maintains skin shape, while HA cushions and lubricates to keep the skin hydrated. More collagen enables the presence of more elastin and HA.
Facial aging overview
Facial aging actually begins in your 20s, when skin firmness begins to decrease as a result of both internal (genetics and natural aging) and external (sun exposure, smoking, pollution, sleeping positions, etc.) factors.1
Chemical peels, microdermabrasion and laser resurfacing modify the surface of the skin to correct visible signs of sun damage, such as fine lines, irregular pigmentation and blemishes.
Toxins, traditional fillers (hyaluronic acid) and collagen stimulators are injected into facial areas to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and restore facial contours.
A wide range of surgical procedures exist, like liposuction, face-lifts and fat transfers, which are used to remove excess fat, lift severely sagging skin or fill facial hollows. These are the most invasive types of treatment.
Sculptra® Aesthetic uses poly-L-lactic acid, which works with your body to help rebuild lost collagen for a more youthful-looking appearance that can last up to two years.*
Your body slows collagen production in your mid- to late-20s. By age 40, most people have up to 20% collagen loss.1
-30% By 50, you face up to 30% collagen loss.1
A conversation on aging
Hear Kate and her friends discuss their changing perspectives on aging, beauty and what they want out of treatment.
Calculate how much collagen you may have already lost
Skin collagen decreases linearly by about 1% per year throughout adult life.2
For estimation purposes only. Percentages reflect the relationship of skin collagen content (expressed per unit
of skin surface area) to age in 74 males and 80 females ages 15–93 who participated in a clinical study.2