Don’t Forget Your Décolletage!

It is very common for people who come to Maine Laser Skin Care to address sun damage and aging issues on their faces.  In fact, we do a great deal of work on the face using lasers, Botox, and fillers to correct damage from years of neglect with great success overall.

After addressing the highest priorities areas of the face, women in particular frequently then look at their lower neck and upper chest.  When they look at that area, which is not hard to miss, they also see the negative effects of the sun and aging that have accumulated there over the years.

The skin on that upper-chest area, best known as the décolletage area, is distinctly different from other areas in that it is thinner and very susceptible to pigmentation changes.  This is especially evident when you compare the sun-exposed versus the non-sun-exposed areas of the décolletage.

There is a serious tendency to develop broken blood vessels and small darkened patches that concentrate in a triangular pattern.  The thinner skin in this area also tends to look crêpey over time if the collagen has thinned due to damage forces as well.

While the appearance of the décolletage may not be a problem during the winter, when this area is guaranteed to be covered up, it is a big problem during the summer, when people, especially women, tend to wear open neck shirts that expose that area.  Luckily, there are treatments to correct these sequelae of the sun and time.

Laser treatments can collapse broken blood vessels and reduce redness.  Lasers can also target age spots, freckling and sun spots and make the color and tone of the skin blend in better over a series of treatments.

The lasers can effect some skin tightening.  Ultimately, however, crêpey décolletage skin may require more aggressive therapy.

For the thinner crêpey skin look, we have used the more intense Fraxel laser, which resurfaces the skin in that area over a series of treatments.  We have also had excellent results with the use of micro needling, which tightens the skin similarly with less downtime.

Still, with all these medical treatments that treat these skin conditions, prevention remains the best medicine.  With the warmer weather and clothing that will expose the décolletage more regularly, sun protection with a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 should be used daily.

Sunscreen with a high SPF will obviously prevent ongoing damage.  After you have done one or more of the treatments above, it will also protect your investment in your skin.

Now that you are more aware that treatment is available to your décolletage, assess your skin and call us for a free consultation to address your concerns before the summer season gets in full swing.  You may call us at our Augusta office at (207) 873-2158, or our Scarborough office at (207) 303-0125 to begin your journey to a new and improved and younger looking décolletage.

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