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Friday, 8 October 2010

Do your hands give your age away?

Most of us look after our faces very well, but our hands take a lot of abuse and most of us pay little attention to their care and protection. They are subjected to cumulative sun exposure and wear and tear just like the skin on our face, neck, and décolleté. The skin on the hands also tends to be thin and sun damage causes brown spots, slackening, and wrinkling. These textural changes cause visible signs of ageing. Wearing a hand cream with SPF 25 and occasional exfoliation helps prevent some of this damage, but there are many effective treatments to help correct it. You can have a combination of treatments to reverse visible imperfections or pick and choose a treatment to best address the concerns that you have.

For discoloration, tone, and texture, a course of intense pulsed light treatments can help significantly over time. IPL treatments from Lumenis, for example, used to treat the hands address the effects of photoaging and sun damage without downtime. Brown discoloration will be lightened with each session. If deeper pigmented spots are your main concern, lasers such as the Q-switched Nd: YAG or alexandrite laser can lighten them more effectively. If you have sun damage generally, then we recommend a fractional CO2 laser peel for global improvement with a little downtime which can be customised to your needs.
Restylane vital is also commonly used for hand rejuvenation. Three sessions at monthly intervals can provide dramatic results as shown here.
If you are after a maintenance treatment and next step up from hand creams then a course of gentle chemical peels and or diamond microdermabrasion is all you need.

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