ELASTIderm Décolletage System: Best of the Bust

Aging skin can get everyone down. While there are numerous anti-aging skin care options available in today's cosmetic market, they mainly treat skin imperfections on the face. It's true that facial skin is the most susceptible to the ravages of time, free radicals, sun exposure and acne attacks, but what about other sensitive skin areas, like the chest and neck?

What is ELASTIderm™?

The ELASTIderm™ Décolletage System is a skin care innovation from the renowned Obagi company, an industry leader in prescription-strength skin care products. A unique anti-aging system that focuses on improving the quality of skin on the neck and chest, ELASTIderm Décolletage is a topical solution that is safe, easy to apply, and clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and photodamaged skin on the décolletage area. ELASTIderm also makes an eye cream formula using similar ingredients.

How Does ELASTIderm™ Work?

The ELASTIderm Décolletage System uses a two-step treatment application. First, patients apply a skin lightening complex to the neck and chest, and then a wrinkle reducing lotion. The skin lightening complex includes the active ingredient hydroquinone to treat hyperpigmentation, age spots and photo damage. To improve skin elasticity and diminish wrinkles, ELASTIderm's wrinkle reducing lotion contains malonic acid and a collagen-building, bi-mineral formula. Both treatments are applied to the chest and neck twice a day, and both contain Obagi's Penetrating Therapeutics™ technology, which facilitates better product absorbency and deeper penetration into skin.

After undergoing a 24-week clinical study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania Health Systems and KGL Inc., the ELASTIderm Décolletage System proved itself as a successful treatment for photodamaged skin, discoloration and fine wrinkles on the chest and neck. At the beginning of the study, all test patients had moderate to severe levels of photo damage, hyperpigmentation and fine wrinkles on their décolletage area. By week 12, more than half of patients were seeing improvements on all three levels. At the end of the study, 69% of patients showed minimal or mild photo damage, 79% of patients showed minimal or no hyperpigmentation, and 100% of patients showed only a mild or minimal presence of fine wrinkling on treated areas.

Other Skin Treatment Options

Patients who have severe wrinkles, age spots and/or photo damage may require a more intensive solution than ELASTIderm. In that case, there are many cosmetic skin care procedures to choose from.

For deep facial wrinkles, popular choices include BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers.

For anti-aging patients who have loose, sagging skin on the face and neck, skin tightening procedures like TITAN™ and Thermage are new, popular techniques.

Lastly, acne scars, hyperpigmentation problems, rosacea and age spots can be removed with laser skin treatments like IPL Photofacial or Fraxel® Laser Resurfacing.

To find out which anti-aging skin care treatment will work best for you, it's wise to go over all the possible options with a professional skin care provider. They can assess your skin's specific conditions, and then make informed recommendations on a proper course of treatment.

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