Here is a pix of my neck ten days after removing the various bumps and splotches. The scabs are gone and the redness is slowly fading. To avoid awkward stares questions, I am still wearing scarves and chuncky necklaces to cover them up. I found that powder mineral foundation does hide them, but then rubs off and stains my tees and blouses, soI’m sticking to camouflage rather than make-up. Now that I’ve worked so hard to polish up my neck and chest I want to protect it from new problems. I had three types of spots:
Brown spots: These are a combination of age and sunlight. The former I can’t so anything about– the latter just needs a daily sunscreen. Done.
Skin tags: These are also linked to age and to high blood sugar levels. Not surprising, since I have type II Diabetes. As a matter of fact, it was Park Avenue dermatologist Dr Lefkovits who saw them 15 years ago and told me to get tested for diabetes. If I keep my blood sugar under control, they do not reappear.
Red spots: These are called cherry angiomas and result when a small group of tiny blood vessels clump together. They are a genetic thing and there is nothing I can do to prevent them. However they can develop little extensions which are known as spider angiomas. Both sunlight and alcohol can provoke these to appear. I’m a two glasses of wine a week kind of drinker, so that’s not a problem. Remembering to apply aunscreen to my neck and chest is my new summer routinue.
And I’ve noticed an extra bonus to this round of freckle removal. In the area where I had laser treatment, the neck skin looks smoother and less bumpy. This ability to tighten skin is one of lasers best benefits and spot tightening is actually the principle behind the Fraxel Laser. Rather than totally burning off the top layer with the ultimate C02 Laser, Fraxel works on a grid to treat tiny areas. but leave adjacent skin untouched. The result? A more natural looking tightening. I had not been that interested to do Fraxel, but now that I see how the principle works, its something I will explore it a bit, especially for my neck.