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Warding Off Saggy Skin

The unfortunate truth is that the aging process is inevitable, and we often see it in our faces as we mature. The key to a youthful appearance lies in two vital proteins in our bodies: collagen and elastin. The framework of collagen and elastin under the skin is key to its integrity and durability, but over time it becomes looser and less organized, leading to a less youthful appearance. Keep reading to learn more about warding off saggy skin with dermal fillers Fairfax, VA.


Collagen is the framework for many of our tissues.  This plentiful protein is found in many body parts such as bones, muscles, tendons, and even our teeth! The word is derived from the greek word “kolla” which means glue, and its job is to hold organs and tissues of the body together. In young people, the body produces collagen in ample amounts to protect and strengthen tissues, including skin. However, collagen production begins to decline at age 25 and continues to decrease with age. It is this decline that leads to saggy skin, fine lines, and wrinkles.


Elastin is less well-known than collagen, but it is an important protein that gives skin the ability to stretch. It also allows skin to have the “bounce back” effect, meaning that when we pull or stretch our skin, it snaps back to its original place.  As we age, elastin production declines as well, which results in less bounce in our skin. This manifests in permanent facial wrinkles, even at rest, as well as saggy crepey skin.

Treatment Options

Though there is no way to prevent the decrease of collagen and elastin, there are ways to help replace the volume due to their natural loss. The most immediate results occur with the use of hyaluronic acid fillers. While most commonly used fillers do not contain collagen, some fillers contain properties that help stimulate collagen production, even after they have dissolved. The effects of fillers can last up to 2 years, and downtime is minimal. At Jae Kim, MD Facial Plastic Surgery we offer the following brands of dermal fillers Fairfax, VA: Juvederm, Restylane, and Radiesse. They are used in various areas of the face that lose volume, including your temples, cheeks, lips, nasolabial folds, and jawline.

Quality medical grade skincare products also stimulate the cells that make collagen and elastin. By implementing a consistent skincare regimen with quality ingredients, we can help replenish the skin and boost collagen production.  Some popular skincare products that help support healthy collagen and elastin production in the ALASTIN Skincare line is the best-selling Restorative Eye Treatment, Restorative Skin Complex, Renewal Retinols, and HydraTint Pro Mineral Sunscreen. ALASTIN Skincare’s patented Tri-Hex Technology® is specifically engineered to work with the skin to clear out the old collagen and elastin framework that has been damaged by sun exposure and aging, allowing the body to lay down a new foundation for healthier skin.

Dermal Fillers Fairfax, VA

If you have further questions or concerns about aging changes and dermal fillers Fairfax, VA, please call (703) 705-2100 to book your consultation at Jae Kim, MD Facial Plastic Surgery, or send an email to!