The best décolletage treatments for a wrinkle-free chest
While we know the importance of looking after the skin on our face, the décolletage is an area often neglected.
You’ve no doubt heard that it’s important to apply your facial moisturiser down the neck – and slather on SPF there while you’re at it – but because the neck and chest area is so delicate, it deserves special treatment.
Luckily, there is now a variety of treatments available in this ever-expanding skin care category catering to a number of concerns from wrinkles to pigmentation.
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But before we get into the treatments to try below the chin, here’s what you need to know about your décolletage first.
The décolletage is one of the first places to show signs of ageing
As the skin around your neck and chest is thin and often exposed in the sun, it is often one of the first areas to show signs of ageing, decreasing the skin’s collagen and elastin. If you tend to forget to cover up this delicate area while in the sun, it can age much faster than your face. While wrinkles are the obvious skin concern here, sun damage also leads to dark spots or hyperpigmentation on the chest.
The way you sleep could cause décolletage wrinkles
Surprisingly, the way you sleep also impacts the speed that wrinkles form on your chest. If you’re a side sleeper, your favourite sleeping position also has the potential to age your décolletage by creasing the area as you snooze.
Your usual skin care products may not work for your décolletage
Ever witnessed your neck get all red and inflamed after using a product there which usually works fine on your face? The neck and chest area has a tendency to respond differently to skin care products, especially those containing strong ingredients such as retinols and acids. Even spraying perfume directly onto the neck can cause the skin to flare up.
The best décolletage treatment options
While topical skin care products can be used to treat neck wrinkles and other worries, a professional décolletage treatment could do wonders to help minimise any particularly deep wrinkles or obvious hyperpigmentation. Here are some of the best options to consider.
Cellular Hydrate Plus | The Face Place
Developed specially with the neck and chest area in mind, Cellular Hydrate Plus targets ageing skin to reverse years of damage. A combination of Cellular Matrix (PRP) and Botox relaxes wrinkles, tightens lax skin and boosts the skin’s texture, leaving smooth, hydrated and glowing skin behind. The number of treatments required will depend on the severity and condition of the area. Find out more about Cellular Hydrate Plus
Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment | Caci
Not just reserved for the facial skin, this advanced laser treatment treats wrinkles, skin tone and texture, and pigmentation in the décolletage area. The Fractional CO2 laser sends pulses of light to the deepest layers of skin, purposely damaging the cells below and triggering the skin’s natural healing process. As a result, cells in the area grow back stronger and firmer, and skin becomes smoother and more even. This treatment is also recommended if the décolletage area requires skin tightening. Find out more about Fractional CO2 Laser
VPL Photo Rejuvenation Treatment | Caci
But if pigmentation and sun damage is the most pressing concern, Caci recommends Photo Rejuvenation. This laser treatment reduces pigmentation including age and sun spots, while reducing redness. As a bonus, it stimulates collagen production and improves skin texture at the same time. Once the skin’s pigment has been targeted with VPL, it comes to the surface of the skin and flakes away. Find out more about VPL Photo Rejuvenation
Photo Finish | Clinic 42
A great option for those who have cared for their face but neglected the décolletage area, this treatment can help match the skin. Said to have a ‘Photoshop effect’, Photo Finish uses a combination of botulinum toxin and hyaluronic acid to improve fine lines and skin texture while promoting healthy, plump and luminous skin. Find out more about Photo Finish
Dermapen | Clinic 42
Taking collagen induction therapy to the next level, this micro-needling treatment stimulates collagen formation, reduces pigmentation and scarring, softens fine lines and restores elasticity. Triggering the skin’s self-repair function, skin needling creates micro “injuries” in the skin to promote collagen production. Resulting in a smoother, firmer and younger looking décolletage, Dermapen provides results with less damage, pain and recovery time. Find out more about Dermapen
PhotoDynamic Therapy | Skin Institute
Though traditionally used to treat any pre-cancerous or abnormal cells on the skin, PhotoDynamic Therapy (PDT) can also be used on the décolletage for aesthetic purposes to give a rejuvenation effect. First, Skin Institute will do a microdermabrasion treatment on the area before applying 20% aminolevulinic acid. One hour later, the acid is activated using LED red light. After one week, skin will look renewed – but Skin Institute senior appearance medicine nurse, Suzy Aitken recommends two treatments one month apart for best results. Find out more about PhotoDynamic Therapy
Have you tried any treatments for your décolletage, or are you considering any?