What Is Collagen and Why Is It so Important?

What Is Collagen and Why Is It so Important?

When you think about collagen, do you envision supplements and collagen-rich food like bone broth? If so, you’re not alone. Collagen supplements are overwhelmingly popular 一 and for good reason. Collagen supports healthy skin, hair, and nails. 

Collagen isn’t just a supplement. It’s the most prevalent protein in your body, and certain treatments 一 like TempSure ® Envi一 stimulate your body’s collagen production without taking any supplements.

Below, Dr. Jay C. Grochmal of Grochmal Eye Center and Aesthetics in Catonsville, Maryland explains what collagen is, why it’s important, and how TempSure Envi treatments can help you gain more collagen.

What is collagen?

Collagen is the most prevalent protein in your body, and it’s found in numerous body issues including your bones, tendons, ligaments, muscles, skin, blood vessels, corneas, and even your teeth.  There are 16 types of collagen, and each one has a specific role to play.

Why is collagen so important?

Fun fact: the word collagen is derived from two Greek words: kólla (which means “glue”) and gennao (which means “I produce”). When translated, collagen means “I produce glue” and this simple translation highlights why collagen is so important: it is the glue that holds many of your bodily tissues together. 

Collagen gives structure to your skin, ligaments, tendons, etc. Type I, for example, provides structure to your teeth, connective tissues, and bones. Type II provides support and cushioning for your joints, and Type IV supports your skin. Collagen keeps your skin firm, elastic, supple, and more youthful in appearance.

Collagen production naturally diminishes as you age, and this can contribute to dry, less firm, less supple skin. Eating a healthy diet packed with nutrients that support collagen production is a great way to combat natural collagen depletion. Nutrients that support collagen production include proline, glycine (found in gelatin and chicken skin), and copper (found in cocoa powder and lentils). You can also find collagen in egg whites, organ meat, poultry, fish, citrus fruit, and bone broth.

When diet and supplements aren’t enough to restore collagen

Diet and supplements aren’t the only ways to replenish collagen. TempSure Envi treatments encourage your body to start making more collagen on its own. TempSure Envi harnesses the power of radiofrequency energy to warm up your skin. The gentle heat tricks your body into thinking it’s been injured, and as a result, your body creates more collagen. As collagen production ramps up, you’ll notice an improved facial skin tone and texture.

TempSure Envi doesn’t harm your skin, and most people describe the treatment as something similar to a hot stone massage. Your skin feels instantly tighter and more firm, and it will continue to improve as collagen increases.

You might consider TempSure Envi treatments if you are bothered by lax skin, forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, or frown lines. 

To learn more about TempSure and find out if it’s right for you, schedule your consultation online or call our Catonsville, Maryland office at 410-744-5310.

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