Collagen is a kind of protein that is mostly found in the skin, and it is also abundantly found in bones, muscles, body tissues, tendons and cartilage. Because of its fibrous nature, collagen supports and connects other body tissues and internal organs. The collagen is the one responsible for the good texture, shape, elasticity and suppleness of the skin.
Collagen is greatly affected by the different factors of the environment such as sunlight, wind, cold and pollution. It is also affected by the normal aging process of man. The destruction of collagen in the body results to dry and wrinkled skin. The other factors which are harmful to collagen are smoking and alcohol. There are also some internal body functions like oxidation which affects collagen causing it to break down and be destroyed. Overall, if one has a bad lifestyle Ė no exercise, not eating the right diet and other bad habits would lead to the natural breakdown and wearing out of collagen inside the body.
Collagen is used for medical and cosmetic purposes. It is used as collagen injections to help the skin regain its youthfulness. It can also be used as treatment for burns and severe wounds. As for more information about cosmetic purposes, collagen is used as implants to renew the skinís natural dermal layers and provide support to the skin.
Most people who are between the ages of 35 to 60 years old opt to have collagen injection treatments to improve their skin tone. The collagen is directly injected to the skin where natural collagen has been damaged and this result to smoothness of skin, lesser facial wrinkles and lines, and overall younger-looking skin. The collagen implants are mostly injected in the face area like the eyebrows, area around the mouth, the lips, cheeks and forehead. These injections usually last good enough for 3 to 6 months or until such time that another set of injections are needed to maintain the youthfulness of the skin. Collagen injections are relative low compared to other cosmetic surgical procedures. Injections would usually last 30 minutes to an hour and the person can go home.
However, there are restrictions for collagen use. Usually, the doctor does a first allergy test for collagen by injecting a small amount of collagen in the forearm. There should be no itchiness, redness or swelling of the skin. A second test is done after two weeks, and if there are no negative reactions like the ones previously mentioned, that is the only time the treatment would proceed. A woman who is pregnant canít be injected with collagen. A person who has an allergic reaction to beef, other cow or bovine products canít have collagen injections. Those with diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis are also exempted.
Clearly, the collagen in the body should be taken care of as it is an important nutrient that keeps the skin young and healthy. Doing so means having a healthy lifestyle to follow. The collagen in the body must be protected for as long as we can until the time we would need it for our own beneficial uses in the future.