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The 3-step Greek protocol of neck skin rejuvenation inspired by a case of pseudoxanthoma elasticum: combination of laser skin resurfacing, collagen booster and PRP 


Journal of Dermatology & Cosmetology
Emmanouil Dimonitsas,1 Agni Albanopoulou,2 Foteini Neamonitou,3 Ortansia Doryforou,4 Vasileios Liarakos,5 Irene Thymara,7 Raed Farhat,6 Penelope Korkolopoulou7

Abstract

Aim: The physiological ageing process causes significant changes in the extracellular matrix (ECM) of the neck skin, which are the first signs of ageing witness for women. We are inspired by a young woman, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder called pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE), which manifests irregular, thickened, fragmented and haphazardly orientated elastic fibers. We herein present a combination of three different therapies (laser skin resurfacing, type I horse collagen boosters and platelet rich plasma)as an approach to ameliorate neck skin sagging.
Methods: A 28-year-old Roma woman with a clinically diagnosed PXE, verified by ophthalmologic evidence and skin biopsy, underwent 3 sessions of this combined protocol every 3 weeks. One month after the last treatment session, a new biopsy was taken. During this period, the patient was encouraged for daily topical application of collagen mousse and vitamin C combined with sun block SPF50, along with limited exposure to sunlight.
Results: Clinical assessment supported by photographic documentation was performed at each session. Severe changes in hydration and tightening of the neck skin were obvious 3 weeks after the second session, although the verification of the results was substantiated with the pathology of the post treatment skin biopsy obtained 1 month following the completion of the protocol. The elastic fibers in the mid-dermis were dense, non-fragmented and parallel oriented. The aesthetic performance was evident until the final follow-up visit. 
Conclusions: Nowadays, the primary goal of aesthetic medical research is oriented to the dermis bio-reconstruction, where specific treatments try to improve the dermis quality from the inside to repair imperfections of skin ageing. The key of success is attributed to the best possible treatment combination capable of fibroblast stimulation.

Keywords

neck rejuvenation, pseudoxanthoma elasticum, PXE, collagen, laser resurfacing, PRP, elastic fibers, cutaneous manifestations, antecubital, popliteal, inguinal, cervical, axillary folds

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