Why Collagen is Important

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“Collagen acts like scaffolding for the skin,” says Fairfax, VA, plastic surgeon Yongsook Victoria Suh, MD. “If the epidermis has nothing to stand on, support-wise, the skin will sag and dimple.” But, as the skin ages and the body endures dramatic changes like pregnancy, weight loss and weight gain, the quality and amount of collagen become poor. “You want to create thick, strong, plump collagen inside so that the skin on the outside looks smooth and refined. That’s where skin-tightening treatments come in,” says Dr. Victoria Suh. While there is a handful of different brands available, Washington, DC, dermatologist Tina Alster, MD says that “basically all the machines work toward the same end goal.” 

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