(Family Features) A woman's face and hands can be tell-tale signs of years creeping by, but there is another area of the body that is often overlooked and can be one of the best indicators of a woman's true age - her décolletage.
The chest is one of the most-exposed and least-cared-for areas of the body. Sun damage conspires with the passage of time to thin the skin and create wrinkles, sunspots and crepe paper-like texture. Even side-sleeping, which chronically compresses the skin, contributes to vertical wrinkling patterns on the chest.
Finding the right solution
While there are a number of products that target this area - from topical skin care creams and serums to structural devices worn on the chest for side sleepers - the options are still relatively limited. The currently available options require ongoing use, offer a preventive focus, and are limited in their ability to repair damage.
Those looking to find a cure in a bottle can pick from a number of creams at their local department stores, pharmacies and salons. Yet, these over-the-counter treatments are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), potentially offering false hope to consumers. Lasers can be effective, but must be used at low levels over several treatments, and the patient must avoid any sun exposure throughout the multi-month treatment regimen.
Fresh approach to an age-old problem: micro-focused ultrasound
With a recent FDA clearance, for the first time, there is now an option specifically indicated to non-invasively treat the chest to improve lines and wrinkles of the décolletage. The Ultherapy® Décolletage Treatment utilizes imaging and micro-focused ultrasound therapy capabilities, only takes about 30 minutes to administer and boasts no downtime after the procedure.
Unlike lasers, radio frequency, surgery and other technologies, non-surgical Ultherapy bypasses superficial skin to deliver the right amount of ultrasound energy at the right depths and the right temperature. This energy triggers a natural response under the skin, jumpstarting the regenerative process that strengthens weak collagen and produces fresh, new collagen. The treatment also uses traditional ultrasound imaging, which allows practitioners to see the layers of tissue they are treating, ensuring the treatment energy is delivered to where it will be most beneficial.
For those ready to don V-neck blouses again without the risk of revealing their real age, Ultherapy may be a simple solution to supplement a cabinet full of miracle creams. To learn more, visit NewUltherapy.com.Photo courtesy of Getty Images