No matter how youthful your face may be, a wrinkled and sun-damaged neck and décolletage area is aging and detracts from a healthy, young appearance. As we age, our skin’s main support structure, collagen, starts to break down, and the fat under the skin deteriorates. Consequently, our skin becomes drier, thinner, with less volume.
What single product can have a major impact on the look of your skin within weeks? The humble vitamin A derivatives called retinoids. Many forms of retinoids exist from the oral isotretinoin (Accutane) to tretinoin (Retin-A) to the weakest, retinol. These last two compounds are easily absorbed into the skin and have the ability to communicate effectively with skin cells to improve their function. Their antioxidant properties can interrupt the free-radical damage process that causes skin to look and act older.
We all know women who have fought breast cancer—it may be a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, daughter, or neighbor. Since one in eight woman will develop the disease over a lifetime, and nearly 40,000 women die from it yearly, it’s time to look closer at possible causes, while we continue to go for regular check ups and do self exams.
For many women breast reconstruction is the first step to overcoming the trauma of a mastectomy. The surgery can restore a breast to near natural shape, appearance, and size. Breast reconstruction is also helpful after a lumpectomy, since the “preserved” breast may be deformed by the surgery, especially after a large tumor has been removed.