You may have seen ads on TV or online recently talking about skincare and anti-aging treatments that involve peptides. But what exactly are peptides and why are people talking about them? Peptides are a short chain of amino acids that have been linked together, creating proteins. Peptides are the rulers of other cells and molecules, meaning they can control and dictate how they behave. When it comes to aging, the most important protein is collagen peptides.
This is how it works; your skin is made up of three layers, the top layer is called the epidermis, the middle layer is the dermis, and the most inner layer is the hypodermis. Collagen lives in the dermis, making up about 80% of that layer of skin. This layer is what mainly controls the look and feel of your skin - keeping it youthful, elastic, and glowing.
As you age, this layer starts to fragment and produce less collagen, this happens naturally as well as by outside factors like sun damage and environmental pollutants. After age 20 you lose about 1% of collagen production each year, making your skin less elastic and supple. Ultimately, this is what causes wrinkles. The good news is you can not only take preventative measures to stop aging, but you can also fight back once it’s begun.
In addition to collagen, there are many different types of peptides all with different purposes and impacts. Peptide therapy can be used for a variety of treatments, including anti-aging. Peptide therapy can help boost collagen and elastin, preventing new wrinkles from forming and making already existing wrinkles appear smoother. Further more, peptide therapy can be used to for cell growth and to increase growth hormones, to help with tissue repair, treating obesity and aiding in fat loss, and improving sex drive. Peptide therapy can be administered by injections, taken in pill form, used as a cream, and taken as a nasal spray.
At Physicians Age Management Centers we want to help you understand the benefits and uses of peptide therapy. Your health is our number one priority. If you want to learn more about how peptide therapy can help you, give us a call at 844.440.8444.