Watching the red carpet parade of beautiful women at the Golden Globes, I was mesmerized by the flawless chests above the strapless or plunging gowns. While we usually focus on signs of aging around the face and eyes, the skin on chest is often more lined and sun damaged and in need of some TLC. These women who professional lives depend on their beauty clearly knew this and they take great care to create a smooth polished and sexy decollete.
After trying out a wide range of anti-aging tools for my face, I realized that there was now quite a difference between the skin on my face and the skin on my chest. Last year I had most of the freckles and age spots on my chest removed by laser, but one big oddly shaped splotch resisted treatment. Normally one spot ( even though it was shaped like a medieval serpent) would hardly be worth mentioning. But I get so many questions about the best way to even out chest skin tone, I decided to explore other tools for this area.
I asked Dr Marmur to use a Fraxel laser but she pointed out that the brown mark was slightly raised and textured ( photo on right). For this type of spot she need to zap it with an electro cautery needle. After numbing the area with a tiny shot of lidocaine, Dr Marmur touched the raised area with the heated wired needle. The skin actually sizzled as the tip burned off the raised brown splotch. It took less than a minute. The area was quite red and as directed, I dabbed on a bit of Aquaphor and covered it with a bandaid. When the lidocaine wore off, my chest felt just a bit sore.
The next day the area was still red and raw, but not painful ( see photo on left). Dr Marmur warned me that the chest skin will stay red for up to several months. Since body skin tends to heal more slowly than on the face, winter time is an excellent time to have laser work on body parts hidden by pants and sweaters. One week later the area has healed to a slightly dry, faint brownish pink splotch ( photo to right). In a month I’ll post a follow-up pix. If ever find myself walking on the red carpet, at least my decolette will be ready.