How Collagen and Elastin Work in Your Body to Keep You Looking Youthful

To a large extent, looking youthful depends on what’s going on under the surface of your skin as much as what’s happening that the eye can see. Two key proteins — collagen and elastin — play a big role here. These provide the scaffolding and elasticity that help to keep your skin taut and smooth over time.

Through the years, though, your body makes less of these proteins. The result? Visible aging. That’s why, here at LH Spa & Rejuvenation in Livingston and Madison, New Jersey, Robert M. Olson, MD and our team provide a variety of services to stimulate collagen and elastin production. 

To help you understand what these treatments can do, let’s explore how these proteins work.

Collagen and elastin 101

Your body has at least 28 different types of collagen. These proteins serve a wide variety of functions, from covering certain organs to helping your blood clot. When it comes to your skin, collagen carries a heavy load. It helps your body replace dead skin cells with new ones. It also provides the structure and elasticity your skin needs to move with you throughout the day. 

Elastin functions somewhat similarly. As its name suggests, it plays a large role in keeping things elastic. While it supports stretching throughout your tissues and organs, it also helps your skin. Because it’s much stretchier than collagen, it enables your skin to stretch, then quickly snap back into position.  

At least, that’s a look at how both collagen and elastin function when your body has plenty of these proteins. But your system’s natural production of both of them declines with age. As you lose the support collagen provides and the elasticity from elastin, you get wrinkles and skin laxity. In other words, you look older. 

Stimulating the production of these proteins

Fortunately, even though your body may not naturally make as much elastin and collagen as you age, you can take steps to tick up the production of these proteins. 

In fact, here at LH Spa & Rejuvenation, Dr. Olson and our team offer a variety of ways to increase your skin’s ability to make collagen and elastin. Some of the best treatments to stimulate the production of these proteins include: 

Here at our offices, Dr. Olson and our team can evaluate your unique skin and create a personalized treatment plan for you. With one or more of the options on this list, we can stimulate your skin to make more collagen and elastin, helping you defy aging through the years. 

To get started, call the LH Spa & Rejuvenation office nearest you.

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In-State (NJ ONLY) Screening Process:

  1. Submit the Patient Inquiry Form

  2. Fax or email a copy of your driver’s license and insurance card (front & back) to lhlean@lhmedspa.com or (973) 735-2645.

  3. A required TSH/thyroid panel and CMP/Comprehensive Metabolic Panel will be ordered by one of our Nurse Practitioners.

    1. These panels can be ordered to Labcorp, Quest OR you can schedule a convenient appointment at our Madison office to have your blood drawn. ($50 draw fee applies)

  4. No insurance?

    1. You may purchase a panel out-of-pocket without an e-script through Labcorp Link

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TSH https://www.ondemand.labcorp.com/lab-tests/thyroid-stimulating-hormone-tsh-test

  1. The inquiry form and  labs are reviewed by our APN within 3-5 business days

  2. You will receive an email from LH Lean admin with your candidacy for the LH Lean Program.

Out Of State Screening Process:

  1. Submit the Patient Inquiry Form

  2. Fax or email the required labs (below) and a copy of your driver’s license to lhlean@lhmedspa.com or (973)735-2645.

    1. Required labs: A TSH/thyroid panel and CMP/Comprehensive Metabolic Panel that has been drawn in the last 6 months.

  3. Don’t have recent lab work? Contact your primary provider to request labs.

    1. You may also purchase a panel out-of-pocket without an e-script through Labcorp Link

CMP https://www.ondemand.labcorp.com/lab-tests/comprehensive-metabolic-panel

TSH https://www.ondemand.labcorp.com/lab-tests/thyroid-stimulating-hormone-tsh-test

  1. The inquiry form and labs are reviewed by our APN within 3-5 business days

  2. You will receive an email from LH Lean admin with your candidacy for the LH Lean Program.

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  • Consultations consist of a history & physical, body composition analysis, description of the program, and administration of your first injection.
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Program Continuation:
  • After the 4-week trial period, you will receive a 12-week supply throughout your journey to mitigate shipping costs and gaps in care.
    • There is a 7-10 day turnaround time from Rx submission to arrival of medication.
    • A Fed-Ex shipping notification will arrive via email 24 hours prior to delivery
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**PLEASE COMMUNICATE ANY ELECTIVE OR PLANNED PROCEDURES/SURGERIES TO THE MEDICAL STAFF DURING YOUR VISIT. PER THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ANESTHESIOLOGISTS, IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU PAUSE SEMAGLUTIDE INJECTIONS 2 WEEKS PRIOR TO RECEIVING ANESTHESIA.**

Ending Treatment:
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