Breast Treatments and ProductsBreast Treatments and Products
Breast Treatments and Products.
As mentioned in the article about anatomy & physiology of the breast, the breast tissue particularly over the areola and the nipple, is thinner and more translucent than elsewhere on the body because the lower layers contain less collagen.
Collagen loss is the predominant skin condition found on the neck, dcollet and breast areas. Diagnosing this is easy, it is a vertical striation that is seen by having a light source opposite and looking across the skin. It can not be easily seen through a magi light or by looking down onto the skin. to confirm your diagnosis take a small pinch of skin tissue, hold for a second then let go. If the tissue stay peaked, you know you have collagen loss.
Another skin condition often seen in this area is pigmentation and spider Nevis, both will have been compounded by sun exposure but the causes are often fragrance and hormonal. Many perfumes have photo-sensitisers in the form of fragrance fixatives and pregnancy and menopause are two stages in a womans life where spider nevis are a result of a hormonal imbalance.
The breast, dcollet and neck area can very easily become sunburned because the chest skin contains few melanocytes. With this in mind, the client should be warned that any form of UV radiation will prematurely age her skin, accelerating the collagen loss, pigmentation and spider nevis. If however the client is insistent that she wants a tan, suggest, in early summer until the tan is established a sun block with a SPF of 15 or greater should be applied.
Can a beauty regime help the breast?
All kinds of beauty products and treatments are available for breast, neck and dcollet care. Massage, electrotherapy, short, sharp bursts of ice-cold water and topical application of specially formulated products all play their part in helping keep breasts firm, toned, lifted and looking youthful. No matter how religiously carried out for whatever period, all results will be short lived and that also applies to plastic surgery. We know that if the established causes of a skin condition have not been recognized and addressed, the treatment will be ineffective. This however applies to everything in beauty therapy the breasts are no exception.
Many causes of breast conditions are intrinsic, that inherited predisposition towards the size, shape and appearance. Sun-damage, ill-fitting bras or no breast support, posture, and weight fluctuations, illness, diet and some medications all contribute to breast deterioration. Then pregnancy, lactation, menopause and hormones will also compound the breast condition.
This delicate skin need must be treated gently and should never be subjected to scrubbing or rough toweling as this can make the nipples sore and tender, particularly in the week before menstruation. The nipples and areola may also become dry and flake before menstruation, so it is a good idea to take extra care. Many salon treatments are contraindicated pre menstruation and during. It is important during your client consultation to know what your clients cycle is.
In Europe women have a greater awareness of their bodies and body treatments and have included bust treatments into their monthly salon program for years, American women usually go for surgical cosmetic enhancement of the breast. In Oceana and Asian countries, women have been a little shy about approaching their therapist about bust care and salon treatments for the breast/dcollet areas, although surgical enhancement is fast growing.
Introducing bust treatments to your clients begins with home care, these products raising the awareness of the client to her neck and dcollet/bust areas. These are the key words, "neck & dcollet/bust" and that is where you start, Neck and Dcollet, the Bust will naturally follow.
So often, we happily do our facials blissfully unaware and unthinking of the clients quiet and shy concerns about her neck and breast tissue. On the other hand, is it because of our own shyness, we neglect to raise the client awareness of her neck/dcollet tissue let alone the breast tissue?
Electrologists spend many hours removing superfluous hair from the breast area and they too neglect to talk about care of the dcollet and breast tissue.
What ever the reason is for this neglect, therapists are failing in their professional duty by not suggesting clinic treatments or home-care products for this delicate area.
For a product to be effective its composition must be compatible to the structure & function of the area its to be applied. What would you look for in a bust product?
Skin barrier repair function:
Well dosn't that read like all we would like to find in a facial skin cream? I think that should be your guideline. All of the information we have about breast tissue indicates that shape & size cannot be changed with a cream. However skin tissue, densitiy, strength can be with the topical application of creams and salon treatments.
The type of ingredients you would be looking for are:
Horsetail: For healing, stimulating, softening and elasticity
Ginkgo biloba: Anti oxidant properties, stimulator of tissue oxygen consumption.
Centella asiatica (gotu kola extract): Healing, soothing.
Ruscus (butchersbroom):Slimming/anticellulite, anti-itching.
Vit A, Retinyl palmitate: Vit A has the esential role of maintaining many of the genes resonsible for healthy skin.
Retinyl Palmitate polypeptide: allows for the delivery of Vit A as a water dispersable substance.
Hops Extract:Wound healing
Echinacea: Antiseptic, antibacterial, soothing, strengthening.
Amino Acids: Enhance water retention & skin saturation.
Vit E: Important oil-soluble antioxidant and free radical scavenger,
Vit C: Water soluble antioxidant. Collagen biosynthesis regulator. Tyrosinase inhibitor.
Vit F: Essential Fatty Acid, vital for skin barrier defence system, cell membrane health, formation of ceremides. (arahidonic acid, linoleic acid, linolenic acid)
Vit P: Vascular protector, increases resistance to collagen destruction.
Seaweed concentrates: Remineralise, moisturise and tone.
Marine Salts: Rebalancing
Marine Mud: Detoxifying
Spirulina: Essential Fatty Acid content, amino acids.
Glycosaminoglycans: Supports collagen & elastin in balance & proportion, necessary for dermal hydration.
Wheat Proteins: Increases skin firmness, minimizes transepidermal water loss.
Soya Lecithin: Used in the manufacture of liposomes. Has a very close afinity to the cell membrane.
Liposomes: Targeted carriers of actives like glycosamiogycans.
Well as you can see the list is endless:
Now let us check out some of the home-care products available to help keep breasts and breast tissue looking young and beautiful?
Breast care products for home use.
Acti Buste- the gel tightens and firms surface skin, reinforcing the dermal breast pouch while increasing elasticity. Ingredients include horsetail (heals/maintains elasticity), fenugreek. Encourages cell metabolism/increases fat in dermal connective tissue) and centella asiatica restores suppleness and firms.
Fibrogel Bust complex Tensor complex to firm the curve ot breast and the tonicity of the decollete. To apply before the aromatic bust fibroge. Contains ruscus, ginkgo biloba, centella asiatica.
Galbeor Harmonie maintains or improves tone, elasticity and firm contours, particularly during and after pregnancy or while dieting. Contains plant proteins to soften skin, vitamin A to improve tissue, and hop extracts to help with anti-ageing.
Gel pour le buste floral scented, toning treatment to firm and shape cleavage contours. Enriched with stimulating plant extract, including echinacea to strengthen, tensine to tighten and horsetail to boost elastin/collagen production and Biospheres tiny, energy storing molecules deliver the ingredients deep into the structure of the skin.
Liftenseur Buste intensive-firming cream that contains liposomes to firm, shape and improve texture of breasts.
Bust care gel a gel-like serum with wheat extract to firm and strengthen the cutaneous envelope and polyvinyl pyrrolidone to firm.
Bust Parfait - bust toning cream, to improve the firmness and tone of the bust. This cream is recommended as soon as the skin starts slackening. the addition of seaweed concentrate remineralises, moisturises and tones the tissues.
Synergie Bust combines moisturising, regenerating, tightening and toning active ingredients acting in synergy with each other to stimulate, tone and firm. A hyper-protein complex rich in amino acids, firms: hydro-lipid bio-polymers hydrate and regenerate, while oils rich in vitamins A, E, F and B tone and regenerate tissue elasticity.
Intensive bust Beauty Gel the elastin polypeptides and phycostimulant in the gel improve tonicity.
Liposomes Tightening Serum this fluid gel combines the firming properties of with centella asiatica and plant protein extracts. It improves the firmness of the bust contours whilst maintaining hydration.
Many companies suggest incorporating electrotherapy in the treatment, these are:
Pier Auge (ionization with rollers)
Guinot (cathiodermie with galvanic current).
Decleor (bio-therapeutic gloves worn by the therapist send a controlled series of electronic signals to tighten and strengthen skin tissues). Other micro current treatments include those by CACI (uses rollers and probes) which lasts 30 min.
Ionithermie (a combination of faradic stimulation and galvanic iontophoresis).
All of these electrotherapy treatments are combined with ampoules, creams and masks are used to infuse the actives of these creams and ampoules. These masks come in many forms, thermal clay masks, plastised, soft clay, and cream masks.
Guinot Bust Hydradermie Treatment: Step by step procedure of the Guinot Bust Hydradermie Treatment. all pictures and information kindly supplied by Beautycare International NZ and our thanks to Guinot Institute Paris for their permission to print this treatment.