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.