Over the years, the delicate tissue between the neck to the breasts can start to show signs of age. Decades of sun damage can eventually lead to age spots and areas of hyperpigmentation that mottle the skin. Age-related volume loss, weight fluctuations, and genetic disposition can cause this skin to become lax, wrinkle, and take on a crepey appearance. While most women are primarily concerned about the fine lines and creases on their face, without even knowing it, the tissue on their chest can add years onto the appearance.
Chest Rejuvenation from Buckingham Center is a unique, specialized set of procedures designed to restore a younger, more attractive chest and décolletage. Using two cutting-edge techniques, Dr. Edward Buckingham can quickly restore a smooth, youthful-looking chest without any downtime, scarring, or serious risk for complications. By combining Sculptra®, an innovative dermal filler, Dr. Buckingham can plump chest tissue and smooth wrinkles. Next, with BroadBand Light therapy (BBL), sun spots and dark areas can be significantly reduced, improving the overall appearance of the chest, décolletage, and lower neck.
Approved by the Food and Drug Administration, Sculptra® is a safe and effective dermal filler, used to restore the volume loss that often accompanies aging. Made from poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), Sculptra®, is a biocompatible and biodegradable material, providing safe and long lasting results. Injected immediately below the surface of the skin using a tiny needle, Sculptra® encourages the body’s natural production of collagen. Over the following weeks, the skin’s contour and texture will significantly improve. While the benefits of Sculptra® will appear gradually, the youthful results can last for up to two years.
For more information on the science behind Sculptra®, read DR. BUCKINGHAM’S ARTICLE ON POLY-L.
Broadband Light Therapy, more commonly called BBL, is a noninvasive technique using photorejuvenation to improve the quality and appearance of aging skin. BBL can dramatically restore younger-looking skin by reducing the appearance of sun damage, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, and broken capillaries. Each BBL treatment is gentle and painless. The provider will use a small handpiece, gently passing over the targeted tissue, emitting a concentrated pulse of light energy. The procedure needs no anesthesia, requires no downtime, and gets patients back to return to their normal schedule immediately after treatment. Best of all, the benefits of BBL will last for years to come.
read more about the scientific benefits of broadband light therapy on aging skin.
Chest Rejuvenation at Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery:
An in-office treatment, Chest Rejuvenation sessions at Buckingham Center generally take 45 minutes. Depending on the extent of correction and desired results, patients will require approximately three Sculptra® sessions and four BBL treatments, although this may vary. For the best results, each treatment should be spaced from four to six weeks apart.
Chest Rejuvenation requires no incisions and needs no downtime. Most patients are feeling well enough to return to work the same day as their treatment. While complications from the Chest Rejuvenation techniques are rare, side-effects can include bruising, redness, and swelling. These can easily be covered for the first few days and will normally resolve over the following seven to ten days. In some cases, dark spots may come to the surface of the skin after a BBL treatment, however these are temporary, as well.
Before scheduling your Chest Rejuvenation procedure, a confidential consultation with Dr. Buckingham will be arranged. At this time, the surgeon will perform an examination of the skin and chest area. He will review your medical history and current medications, as well as discuss both short-term and long-term aesthetic goals. Dr. Buckingham will share a range of before/after photographs of his recent Chest Rejuvenation patients, allowing for a clear visualization of the expected results. If the Chest Rejuvenation technique is right for your individual needs, a personalized treatment plan will be created, walking you step-by-step through the process.
Still have questions about Chest Rejuvenation in Austin? Contact Bucking Center for Facial Plastic Surgery at 512.401.2500 for more information on Chest Rejuvenation with Sculptra® and BroadBand Light Therapy. Those coming from out of the immediate area are encouraged to speak with a patient coordinator for directions to the office, as well as recommendations for Austin-area dining and accommodations.
FREQUENTLY ASKED Chest Rejuvenation QUESTIONS
Q – What is Chest Rejuvenation?
Chest Rejuvenation is a combination of Sculptra® and BBL, used to restore smooth skin and an even tone on the chest and décolletage. Using Sculptra®, an FDA-approved injectable filler, Dr. Buckingham will tighten crepey, wrinkled skin by kick-starting the tissue’s collagen production. Then, by adding a series of BBL treatments, Dr. Buckingham will eliminate age spots and dark areas of hyperpigmentation. Together, Sculptra® and BBL will bring back a more youthful, attractive chest.
Q – What is Sculptra®?
Sculptra® is a unique dermal filler, created from poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). This synthetic compound safely encourages the body’s own production of collagen, slowly restoring shape and contour to aging tissues. Sculptra® is approved by the FDA as a safe and effective tool for reversing volume loss in the skin.
Q – What is BBL?
Broadband Light Therapy (BBL) is an innovative treatment using the science of photorejuvenation to improve sun damage, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, and broken capillaries. BBL operates similarly to Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments, harnessing concentrated light-energy to meticulously targeted age spots and dark areas. Each BBL session is uniquely tailored to match the patient’s skin type and specific condition.
Q – Who is the ideal candidate for Chest Rejuvenation?
The best candidate for Chest Rejuvenation is someone in overall good health, looking to restore youthful-looking tissue along their chest, décolletage, and lower neck. Potential patients should understand the Chest Rejuvenation process and recovery. They should also hold realistic expectations for their final results. Prior to the procedure, a private consultation will be scheduled with Dr. Buckingham, to determine if Chest Rejuvenation is right for you.
Q – How long does each Chest Rejuvenation session take?
Chest Rejuvenation, with Sculptra® and a BBL treatment, will normally takes an hour in the office.
Q – Where is Dr. Buckingham’s Chest Rejuvenation performed?
Chest Rejuvenation is performed in a private, comfortable treatment room in our Austin office.
Q – What are the risks and potential complications of Chest Rejuvenation?
Chest Rejuvenation with Dr. Buckingham is a safe and dependable method for restoring a more youthful looking chest area. Complications are rare, as both Sculptra® and BBL are non-invasive techniques, requiring no incisions or downtime. Side-effects are minimal, but can include bruising, redness, and minor swelling. These are easily concealed and will quickly diminish over the first week.
Q – Is anesthesia necessary during my Chest Rejuvenation procedure?
Chest Rejuvenation is not considered a painful technique; therefore, no anesthesia is needed. Sculptra® is applied using a small needle, which may cause a fast pinch during the application. BBL treatments result in only minor discomfort, as well and topical anesthetic is applied to eliminate any discomfort.
Q – How much downtime is required after a Chest Rejuvenation session?
No downtime is required after a Chest Rejuvenation treatment. Patients are normally back at work the same afternoon. While bruising, minor swelling, or redness may occur, this is easily concealed under clothing and will quickly resolve.
Q – Is more than one chest rejuvenation session required?
For optimal results, patients will need to have up to four Chest Rejuvenation sessions at Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery. Depending on the extent of correction, most people will require three Sculptra® treatments and four BBL treatments. These should be spaced four to six weeks apart, allowing the tissue time to heal in between sessions.