Don’t let chest/neck wrinkles give away your age
So you have done everything in your power to maintain a youthful, wrinkle-free face….worn sunscreen, applied top-notch, skincare products and perhaps even received a little help from injectables like Botox or dermal fillers. Can you say the same for your neck and chest?
Many of us are so focused on our faces that we may overlook another indicator of our age. The chest and neck, given their constant exposure to the elements (unless you wear turtlenecks year round) are vulnerable to premature aging and wrinkling. Not too long ago, there was not much that existed in treatment of this condition. Thanks to the development of aesthetic medicine, however, there are a number of routes one can take to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and sunspots of the chest and neck.
The best plan of attack is prevention. Just as we take special care to apply sunscreen and collagen boosting creams to our face, we should do the same for our chest and neck. As we age, our skin dries and depletes itself of collagen. Sun exposure and smoking also contribute to collagen and protein depletion- leaving the skin with poor elasticity and unsightly lines. The best way to prevent wrinkles of the chest and neck from forming is to apply UVA/UVB protection on a daily basis and refrain from smoking and sun exposure.
If it is too late for you to apply prevention tactics, microdermabrasion and laser treatments can erase existing damage.
Microdermabrasion is the mildest available treatment used for wrinkle and sunspot correction. Although it is less costly and less invasive than other treatments, microdermabrasion can only address the most superficial layer of skin. Essentially, microdermabrasion works by exfoliating the top layer of the dermis, revealing a fresh layer of skin. While there is virtually no downtime required, patients often require multiple sessions. This treatment costs around $75-100 per session with limited effects.
The most effective means of fine line and sun spot correction is laser therapy. Erbium, YAG and CO2 (carbon dioxide) lasers are the most common types of lasers used for skin resurfacing. Erbium works at superficial skin resurfacing and CO2 Laser works at a deeper skin level. CO2 laser treatment is one of the most invasive lasers. Another option is the fractionated YAG laser which is less invasive yet does not penetrate as deep as the CO2 laser. Your surgeon will most likely base his or her recommendation upon the severity of damage and your goals.
Laser resurfacing is particularly ideal for wrinkles and pigment changes in the skin, such as liver spots (lentigines), port-wine stains or coffee spots. Because the lasers can penetrate into deeper layers of the skin, laser therapy, although more invasive, is more effective at removing wrinkles and sunspots than microdermabrasion. Not only does the laser remove damaged layers of skin, it also stimulates collagen and elastin production. Depending on the type of laser implemented, laser treatment starts around $300-$1000 per session. Some laser treatments can be completed with topical numbing where deeper CO2 lasers may require IV sedation. Following the procedure, laser skin resurfacing patients may not feel comfortable in public for about one week due to redness and swelling of the treated area.
Don’t let your neck or chest give away your age. Apply the same care as you do for your face to these vulnerable areas and if all else fails, know that effective treatments do exist.
If you are interested in treating your neck or chest wrinkles, call 423-648-4011 to schedule your complimentary consultation with our Board Certified surgeons.
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