Are your neck and chest summer ready? Dr. Bonakdar discusses her approach to neck and chest rejuvenation


One of the many perks of living in Southern California is being blessed with year round sunny days. Unfortunately, all this sun is bound to take its toll on your skin, especially if like many Southern Californians you protected and treated your face, while ignoring your neck and chest.

Sun exposure activates collagen destroying enzymes in the skin that remain active for up to 48 hours after the original sun exposure. With time, these repetitive damages cause collagen loss, thinning Crepe skin, formation of fine lines and pigmentation. The discrepancy between the skin of the face and the rest of the body is a telltale sign of aging and is quite noticeable and odd.

I like to include rejuvenation of the neck, chest and hand in my treatment plans for a more blended and harmonious look. My recommendations vary based on the type and severity of the skin changes.  One of the most common changes seen is pigmentation and skin roughness. Color issues responds well to even one IPL or Fraxel, while texture issues usually require a series of MonBon Permea or ResurFX treatments.

Here is the photo of a chest before and after only one IPL treatment

The next commonly seen change is thinning and sagging of the skin which lead to formation of lines on the chest and neck. Many of my patients opt for Ultherapy of the neck and chest for lifting and smoothing because it is has no downtime and results in gradual improvement.

Here is the photo of a chest before and after only one Ultherapy treatment

Injectables such as Botox Cosmetic is used for necklace lines and neck cords, while Sculptra collagen stimulator is used to thicken the skin of the chest improving its texture.