The chest: the new frontier in anti-aging! I used to joke that the vertical lines and wrinkles on the chest and between the breasts were good; they meant you had generous cleavage! Flat-chested girls don’t have that problem (until they get their implants). It is always good to not take things too seriously, especially if you can’t do anything about it. But now my tune has changed, because you can do something.
Ultherapy has been around for several years for lifting and firming. It was first FDA approved for the brow, and then the lower face, followed by clearance for the neck. The chest was just recently approved, and we are seeing very nice improvement in those really annoying lines. An extra bonus…studies have shown a mini-breast lift phenomenon in some ladies!
As with everything I do, Ultherapy is noninvasive. It utilizes ultrasound to spot and treat the sagging skin and underlying tissues. Tiny bursts of ultrasound energy create just enough heat in the right spots to give a shrink-wrap effect. The change is detectable immediately, but it takes a few months of the newly triggered collagen formation to get maximum results. There are minimal after effects, such as some temporary soreness, and rarely, temporary numbness. That’s why I love noninvasive treatments.
Combining great resurfacing with the Ultherapy treatment gives even nicer results. Lasers like Fraxel Dual remove brown spots, precancers and surface sun damage (fine lines, rough texture, even some scars respond well), while Ultherapy works on the deeper damage and aging.
But the skin does not live on ultrasound/lasers alone. It’s important to feed your fibroblasts (the cells that make the all-important collagen). All tissues have specific growth factors that keep them going. Skin is no exception. Skin-growth factors are natural skin components (there are hundreds that work in unison) that influence the skin to act like skin. Skin-growth factors will not bulk you up like growth hormones. One thing skin does well when we are young, but not so well later in life, is make collagen. Natural collagen is made all the time, just less so after the age of 30. Without it, wounds would never heal.
The best source of skin-growth factors that I know is Tissue Nutrient Solution (TNS). It was originally identified in cell cultures. The cells were essentially making their own protein shakes to keep each other going and growing. It seems that if we can apply to the skin a high enough concentration of these factors we can, in fact, produce a result, and that is what we do!!
Here is a great prescription for your chest: one Ultherapy, one Fraxel and one bottle of TNS. Repeat as needed.