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Décolletage Pads

Published January 2, 2013 2:18 PM by Kimberly Cray

If your "anti-aging" eyes wander like mine, you are probably interested in more than just facial rejuvenation. Below the face and neck we have several very important areas to consider. Take for example the décolletage.

One concern many patients have is aging of this region- think wrinkles, sun spots and loss of collagen and elastin within the skin. With the use of medical grade creams, such as retinol and growth factors, the skin integrity can be greatly improved. However, these creams do not address the generalized laxity and crepe-like quality we can see develop in the décolletage as we age.

One interesting topic I came across more recently is the use of décolletage "pads." If you were like me when I first heard of the approach, you are thinking: What did she just say? But really, these pads do exist, and in fact are a very real and popular treatment modality for rejuvenation of the chest. Such pads are reusable and washable (often self-adhesive) that are designed to correct and prevent chest wrinkles caused by aging and the sun as well as sleeping on your side and stomach.  

The pad is worn at bedtime to prevent the delicate chest skin from forming creases during sleep. There is an array of products on the market, but most are made of medical grade silicon. So for patients complaining of those lines that won't disappear with any creams- consider the décolletage type pad as an addition to their "beauty sleep" routine. Such a pad could also be considered after a breast augmentation or reconstructive surgery as the skin may stretch or wrinkle in accommodation for the increase of size.

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