Skin Flaws, Correcting (cont.)
You asked how best to lighten these unattractive brown discolorations. In order to do that, you need to accomplish three tasks.
By omitting any of these three steps, you will not see results.
Patients often ask me whether lasers can work to remove these brown spots. In some cases they can be quite successful; in others they can be highly risky and darken an already dark mark.
Unfortunately, laser technology has failed to lift sagging changes. Thermage, which is basically heat energy pumped into the skin, does a minimal if modest improvement in this area for tightening, whereas three out of ten may see visible tightening using this device. Unfortunately, this aggressive heat-generating neck procedure can lead to scarring.
At this time a facelift is still the gold standard to take away the loose skin in the neck juncture. If there is considerable fat in the chin/neck area, liposuction of the neckline can be accomplished with skin tightening for a very satisfying low-risk result.
Topical creams are modestly helpful, but unfortunately will not pull up loose skin. Strict sun avoidance will also help lessen the fall of the skin.
I'm starting to wear turtlenecks, how about you?
Peptides are small protein fragments that work by tricking the collagen-producing cells (fibroblasts) into believing that the skin has been injured, so that new collagen is made in an effort to heal the skin. This new collagen helps to thicken up the skin filling in lines and wrinkles.
You can take advantage of this new technology by using it in the morning and it should include a UVA sunscreen with zinc or avobenzone, and continuing your acne medication at night.
Wishing you all a lifetime of healthy, gorgeous skin.
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