[By Yvette Cheng]
Chances are you have been cleansing and moisturising since your teens but how many of you actually include your neck and chest in that routine? Not only is your décolletage a vital and visible part of your body, it is also the first area to show signs of ageing, thanks to a triple whammy of sun exposure, general neglect and gravity. Because the skin in this area is thinner, it lacks elasticity or resilience. As a result, the décolletage is just as prone to age spots, sagging, wrinkles and fine lines as our faces. Focusing some attention to this oft overlooked area can take years off your overall appearance as a well-cared-for décolletage can be an asset rather than a bane to your looks.
Solution: Pigment Laser
Sun spots appearing on your décolletage is a dead giveaway of your age. The Pigment Laser works wonders to lighten superficial pigmentation. This FDA-approved treatment breaks up unwanted pigment cells and evens out skin tone for a fairer and brighter complexion. It can also be treated on other parts of the body including the face, neck, hands, back, arms and legs. Depending on the extent of your pigmentation and the treatment level of your sessions, you may need anywhere from four to six sessions done four weeks apart for optimal results.
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Prevention: Regular exfoliation with body scrubs
Solution: Fraxel Restore
Fraxel Restore laser brings about a skin rebirth to stubborn dark spots and reverse years of sun damage. It improves your complexion by affecting only a fraction of your skin at a time with thousands of tiny microscopic laser spots just as a photographic image is restored, pixel by pixel. The overall skin rejuvenation benefits of the laser refreshes the skin so skin looks younger, softer and smoother. A series of five sessions spaced four weeks apart is recommended to produce a gradual remodelling of dermal matrix components – collagen and elastin for optimal results.
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Erase fine lines & crepey skin
Prevention: Moisturise regularly
As we age, our chest skin changes. The skin becomes less smooth and more sun damaged. Wrinkling occurs and is exacerbated by sleeping in certain positions. While anti-ageing creams may be successful at moisturising the skin surface, they do not remove these deeper folds.
Revitalift, a natural hyaluronic acid filler can be injected on the chest area to rejuvenate and hydrate crinkly skin and smooth chest wrinkles for a younger-looking skin. A course of two to three treatment sessions may be recommended according to age and skin condition to enhance the skin’s deep hydration and revitalise the skin tone. As treatment progresses, the skin regains its youthful elasticity for a beautiful, smooth appearance.
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Tighten sagging skin
Prevention: Eliminate collagen sabouteurs such as alcohol, smoking and sun
Solution: Thermage CPT
This powerful collagen rejuvenator treatment is a real favourite with women looking to tighten sagging skin on the bust area often after weight loss or post pregnancy.
Thermage CPT employs deep radiofrequency waves to stimulate collagen regeneration which causes gradual skin tightening and adds firmness and resilience to the skin. The growth of new collagen will continue for some time after your treatment which will lead to a gradual improvement in skin tone and texture, eliminating the crepey, wrinkled cleavage in weeks and months ahead. Your bust line will look firmer and better defined even after one treatment session. Treatment can be repeated once yearly to maintain desired results.
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