It’s not just your face that can give away your age – your décolletage will also start to show all the signs of ageing; wrinkles, lines, sun damage and what’s often described as a crepey appearance. This is made worse by the fact that we lavish our face with lotions and potions but fail to apply them to our chest.
Am I suitable?
Your décolletage ages at the same rate as your face so you’re probably looking at treatments in your forties. However, the skin is very thin and delicate in this area so much younger women can start showing the signs of sun damage.
What do I have to do to prepare?
First step; prevention. The trick is to incorporate the décolletage into your daily skincare regime. So anything you apply to your face (and that should definitely include a sunscreen) should be carried down to your nipple line.
Even if you’re already showing the signs of ageing and sun damage then start this process today to prevent further damage. And if you’re about to embark on a costly aesthetic treatment then you need to be protecting that investment.
What’s the treatment like?
There are a wide variety of treatments that can be used on the décolletage although you have to be careful as the skin on the chest is very thin and delicate.
Cosmeceuticals; many of the cosmeceutical brands have products specifically aimed at the décolletage, but one to mention is the Elastiderm Decolletage System from Obagi. Combining a skin lightening cream and a lotion aimed at reducing wrinkles, this regiment is formulated to reduce hyperpigmentation, age spots and freckles and minimise wrinkles and fine lines.
Skin peels; a chemical peel can come in different strengths, so for this delicate area the practitioner should apply a very gentle TCA peel that will reduce fine wrinkles and the effect of sun damage as well as generally improve the texture and tone of the skin.
Dermal hydrating treatments; part of the hylauronic acid dermal filler ranges, these contain the smallest size gel particles and therefore are suitable for these areas. Often done over a number of treatments to build up the effect.
Dermaroller; this is also called medical micro-needling or collagen induction therapy and is an all-natural treatment. A sterile roller which has hundreds of ultra-fine needles that is rolled on the skin. This produces thousands of tiny ‘injuries’ to the skin; it is this process that stimulates the skin to produce collagen to repair the damage. Again done over a number of treatments – the results continue to improve with time.
The new hot buzz in aesthetic circles is a treatment that combines dermaroller with dermal hydrating treatments.
Laser skin rejuvenation; fractional laser treatments reduce pores, tighten skin, improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles, remove sun damage and pigmentation and can be gentle enough to use on the neck and décolletage area.
What will it cost me?
See the individual treatments for their costs.