Why Collagen Should be Your Valentine

While I’m best known in the Atlanta plastic surgery realm for my signature Band Aid Facelift, my commitment is to helping each patient be as confident and happy with their appearance as possible. This means that none of my procedures are “one size fits all.” Each of my patients receives a customized plan, decided upon during a one-on-one consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy, of one or more procedures that are tailored to fit their needs and desired results. For February, we’ve decided to have our monthly specials highlight some of the options for those patients who either are not yet ready for a traditional facelift or who would like to enhance their surgical results.

John L. LeRoy MD specials for 2/2015You may notice that two of my highlighted procedures for this month, Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing and Band Aid Skin Tightening, both involve stimulating collagen production. This is no coincidence – collagen is a vital part of combatting the signs of aging. While many people are familiar with the word “collagen,” few patients actually realize what collagen is and why it is so effective in metaphorically rinsing patients in the fountain of youth. Collagen is a protein that makes up a large part of the dermis (the deeper layer of the skin). Your body produces collagen naturally throughout your life, although collagen growth gradually declines beginning around age 40. Collagen is also damaged and reduced more quickly by smoking, sun exposure, and consuming high amounts of sugar.

So how does collagen affect the skin’s appearance? As the substance that adds firmness and connectivity to the dermis, collagen provides support that gives the skin its strength and elasticity. The sagging skin that we see as we age is the result of having too little collagen, so the skin loses its plump, “springy” appearance. Beyond elasticity, collagen also helps the body to replace and restore dead skin cells. Our outermost skin cells are constantly dying and being shed throughout our lives, but when there is less collagen, the body is not able to replace the dead cells as quickly, contributing further to the aging appearance. Because of the many ways that it affects our skin’s youthfulness, stimulating collagen growth is one of the most effective ways to reduce the appearance of aging, which is why it’s part of so many anti-aging cosmetic treatments.

Revitalizing your skin by rebuilding collagen is an essential part of most patients’ cosmetic needs, and I can help you to restore your appearance to one that makes you feel confident and empowered. You can learn more about the many procedures and services I offer by connecting with me, John LeRoy, MD, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Or, to jump in and start working toward a more self-assured version of yourself, contact me to schedule a consultation.