Sun damage speeds up the body’s natural process of aging, by damaging the skin’s reparative qualities. Thus, collagen production slows down, and volume decreases, leading to wrinkles, creases, and loose skin. Keep in mind, sun isn’t the only thing that causes aging: gravity, menopause, or weight loss can all affect the skin of the décolleté. Full busted women may see the effects of gravity a little sooner than their small-chested friends, but sooner or later, the volume and firmness of the décolletage begins to break down.
Starting at a topical level, introduce SkinCeuticals Chest Repair. With a combination of 1% hydroxyphenoxy propionic acid, 4% sodium tetrahydrojasmonate, and 3% vigna aconitifolia seed extract, this product brightens skin with age spots and minimizes the look of crepiness. Photorejuvenation procedures, as we discussed, can brighten discolored décolletage, but they can also be used to diminish superficial fine lines that may appear on the chest. For deeper lines, consider fractional non-ablitive procedures like the ResurFX.
The amount of tissue between the breastbone and the skin differs from person to person. Depending on the amount of fat and muscle you have under your skin, particular procedures may be more effective than others at firming the skin and the cleavage. Certain women may see more effective results with a procedure likeUlthera, which firms the skin and tissues of the chest with ultrasound waves. Injectables like Sculptra can also help with fine lines around the cleavage, FDA approval may vary from product to product, so be sure to discuss with Dr. Stolley the benefits and risks of “off-label” use.
Dr. Stolley adds, “because the aging process is multifactorial, many patients will benefit the most by combining various modalities such as using Photorejuvenation for pigment, fractional lasers and Ulthera for tightening and texture, while adding Sculptra to contour the thinning of the dermis.”
Remember, just like facial skincare, treating the skin on your décolleté is an individual process. Speak with one of our talented Patient Care Coordinators today and see how to develop a repair – and a prevention – plan that works best for you.