While many of us remember to coat our faces with sunscreen before we head outdoors, one place on our body where we often forget to apply SPF is our chest or décolletage. Because the skin covering our chest is thinner than other parts of our body, the area is even more susceptible to harmful sun damage and, therefore, to wrinkled or crepey skin. Plus, as we age, our collagen production slows, resulting in unwanted sagging and skin laxity.
Dr. Jason Emer, a board-certified dermatologist and non-surgical skin tightening specialist, sees numerous patients in his Beverly Hills / West Hollywood / Los Angeles practice (both women and men alike) who are looking to rejuvenate their chest and restore their confidence.
Is there a one-stop solution to chest wrinkles?
Unfortunately, no. Wrinkles on any part of our body — face, arms, hands, knees, lips — require a patient-tailored, carefully customized combination treatment with an assortment of methodologies and state-of-the-art lasers and devices. Individuals seeking significant chest rejuvenation typically require a series of treatments and continued maintenance in order to see long-term improvement.
For wrinkles, fine lines, and crepey skin in the chest, Dr. Emer uses a customized blend of:
- Skin resurfacing laser treatments such as Aerolase, Erbium, Fraxel or CO2
- Microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
- Injectable fillers like Belotero
- Sculptra injections for enhanced collagen production
- Radiofrequency (RF) devices, including InMode FaceTite, Thermage, Fractora, and Morpheus8
- Renuvion (J-Plasma) helium plasma RF for skin laxity / loose skin, breast lifts for women, and tightening / athletic contouring of the chest for men
- Ultrasound energy devices like Ultherapy
- Peels such as Cosmelan or Enlighten
- Patient-tailored, medical-grade skin care protocols, including:
Laser Treatments for Chest Rejuvenation
Fractional skin resurfacing is the gold-standard, minimal-downtime treatment for enhancement in skin texture, tone and color. Both the non-ablative Fraxel laser (above) and the ablative Erbium or Halo laser can be used to improve face and chest wrinkles, sun damage, pre-cancerous sun spots, enlarged pores, and scars.
For a more aggressive approach, Dr. Emer may employ CO2 skin resurfacing, but this approach involves more downtime, scabs, and redness.
For patients seeking alternative chest rejuvenation treatments that improve skin texture, pigmentation and sun damage with less downtime, Dr. Emer prompts deep dermal heating with Aerolase Lightpod Neo or Cutera Laser Genesis to build collagen, minimizes pores and fine lines, tighten the skin, improve skin texture, and target specific conditions such as rosacea, melasma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), spider veins, brown spots, acne, and unwanted hair. He then follows these deep-treatment lasers with superficial, low-density, low-level laser Clear + Brilliant or Venus Viva nanofractional RF.
Microneedling and PRP for Chest Rejuvenation
Platelet rich plasma (PRP), the key component of Dr. Emer’s popular Vampire Facial, is a high concentration of protein derived from your own blood that can be used to improve numerous skin conditions, including acne, wrinkles, cellulite, sun damage, scars, and burns. Dr. Emer microneedles the chest area, creating controlled micro-wounds in the deeper layers of the skin and allowing topical cosmeceuticals (PRP, serums, growth factors, and stem cells such as A-cell) to be pushed deeply into the skin and improve the skin’s appearance.
Injectable Fillers for Chest Rejuvenation
Dr. Emer uses injectable fillers such as Belotero or Juvederm Volbella to improve the appearance and texture of the skin by reducing lines, wrinkles, and folds. With the right techniques, thin and smooth soft tissue fillers (can be used to soften the signs of aging in the face, neck (“tech neck”), chest, and various parts of the body, including the elbows and knees.
Dr. Emer’s finishing touch for textural skin improvements is Mesotherapy, a meticulous, minimally invasive method of needling vitamins, antioxidants, and medical-grade products into the face, neck, and chest. When paired with energy-based treatments, facials, and peels, Mesotherapy can hydrate the skin, shrink pores, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Sculptra for Chest Rejuvenation
Whether you’re looking to correct or prevent chest wrinkles, fine lines, and skin laxity, Sculptra is a natural collagen stimulator comprised of poly-L-lactic acid that stimulates natural collagen production and (over time and with subsequent treatments) provides volume to areas where fine lines and wrinkles are present. When used in combination with injectable fillers and PRP, Sculptra can lift tissue, tighten wrinkled or crepey skin, and help reverse the aging process. When laser or RF treatments are performed in conjunction with Sculptra injections, patients tend to get improved outcomes due to more prominent collagen production.
Radiofrequency Treatments for Chest Rejuvenation
To further improve chest wrinkles and fine lines, Dr. Emer complements lasers, injectables, and PRP with RF devices such as the minimally invasive InMode BodyTite (above). Often used to produce a non-surgical facelift or neck lift, BodyTite uses a subdermal probe to send RF energy into the treatment area, which builds up heat, stimulates collagen production, tightens the skin, and ultimately improves definition, contour, and elasticity.
Additionally, non-invasive RF treatments (including Thermage) and microneedling RF treatments, such as Fractora and Morpheus8, can be used independently or in combination to provide further improvement as well as maintain long-term skin tightening results.
Renuvion for Chest Rejuvenation
Renuvion (formerly J-Plasma) is one of the strongest internal “shrink wrap” treatments to improve skin tightening and address chest wrinkles and crepey skin. Often used as a follow-up to VASER Hi-Definition Liposuction procedures of the male chest, Renuvion uses RF plasma energy to heat and tighten the skin internally while simultaneously delivering helium for an immediate cooling effect. Renuvion can also be paired with autologous fat transfer to the female chest / breast to provide lift and shaping without any skin cutting.
Ultrasound Treatments for Chest Rejuvenation
One of the only energy-based, FDA-approved treatments for the chest area, Ultherapy is a non-invasive skin tightening device used to address fine wrinkles and loose skin on the face, neck, chest, arms, knees, and buttocks. In his experience, Dr. Emer has found that Ultherapy, when used in combination with additional skin tightening devices, can provide advanced, long-term prevention and improvement in skin laxity. Ultrasound energy forms microscopic thermal damage to the chest skin and muscle to promote collagen production, tighten the skin, and improve crepey skin and fine wrinkles.
Cosmelan Peels for Chest Rejuvenation
While Cosmelan is typically used to treat melasma, hyperpigmentation, and acne scarring, this leave-on peel can also improve sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, and skin texture and tone on the face, neck and chest. Additionally, prior to any fractional or skin resurfacing laser treatment, Dr. Emer will often pretreat the skin with Cosmelan to prepare the skin cells and allow for a more effective and deeper penetration of the laser treatment.
What is the downtime for chest rejuvenation treatments?
Patient downtime ranges from minimal to none for each of the aforementioned treatments. Dr. Emer’s revolutionary, non-surgical combination approaches demand far less downtime than an invasive skin tightening or surgical lifting procedure.
Am I a good candidate for chest rejuvenation treatments?
Due to the thin skin in the chest area, it is important to be evaluated by an experienced cosmetic dermatologist and skin tightening specialist such as Dr. Emer prior to beginning any chest rejuvenation treatments. In the case of advanced skin laxity in the neck and chest area, Dr. Emer may advise more aggressive treatments or (in some cases) a surgical procedure such as a facelift or neck lift (platysmaplasty) in combination with thread lifting, internal heating with Renuvion (J Plasma), and/or FaceTite to obtain significant improvement with chest wrinkles.
How do I schedule a consultation with Dr. Emer?
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Emer in Beverly Hills / Los Angeles / West Hollywood, California, please reach out to our concierge to schedule an appointment. Call 424-800-4140 or email us at [email protected].