Understanding Elastin

Collagen provides skin structure and is essential for a healthy, plump appearance; but it doesn't work alone.

Similar to collagen, elastin is key for flexible, youthful skin. But with age, the amount of elastin that the body naturally produces begins to decrease. When there is less elastin present in the skin, it can droop. Skin that has lost elasticity cannot tighten itself around the underlying bone and muscle structure, causing that sagging appearance.

The skin doesn't progress in terms of elasticity, which is why some procedures, like a facelift, are not the best option for treating wrinkles, but instead for reshaping the face and restoring smooth contours.