Anti-aging Treatments for Your Hands

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You know all those hours you log in at the gym and the small fortune you’re
dropping on laser resurfacing — still the
best way to remove wrinkles — but without the down time and complication
rate,” says Goldberg.

But how do they keep hands looking younger? Marmur says by stimulating new
collagen and elastin to grow, the treatments restore the skin’s underlying
support structure, making wrinkles disappear. Within several weeks you replace
some of the firm, tight look of youthful skin.

An added bonus: Marmur says laser treatments help re-texture the skin
itself, so your hands look younger and fresher almost instantly.

Your new collagen and elastin are permanent, but since the aging process and
sun exposure continue to break them down, lasting effects vary. Marmur says
with good care and judicious use of sunscreen, you could see the improvement up
to five years or more.

The Risks of Laser Skin Resurfacing: In one study of 961 patients
published in the journal Dermatologic Surgery in 2008, doctors reported
that about 7.5% of those treated with fractional lasers on the face developed
complications. The most common were temporary herpes
simplex
virus. Patients with darker skin were at greater risk for temporary
inflammatory hyperpigmentation. The study’s researchers noted that there was
also a small risk of scarring reported.

The Cost of Laser Skin Resurfacing: Expect to pay approximately $750
per pair of hands, per treatment. Most people need three to five sessions.

Getting Rid of Liver Spots on the Hands

One sure sign of aging: those pesky brown spots or liver spots that appear
on the back of the hand as early as your 30s — and grow more prominent and
darker with age.

“This is just a natural part of the aging process, but it’s definitely
influenced by the sun — and the more sun exposure you had when you were young,
the more brown spots you’re going to see as you age,” says Goldberg.

The professional treatment of choice: Lasers designed to rid the skin of
excess pigmentation. Goldberg adds that IPL (a pulsed light treatment similar
to lasers) also works to remove brown spots.

Although IPL treatments are generally regarded as safe and effective, a
small but significant study published in the March 2008 Archives of
Dermatology
suggests there may be room for caution: Researchers from the
University Hospital of Geneva found IPL treatments dramatically increased the
level of free radicals in the skin similar to the results of exposure to UVA
rays — the kind of sun damage linked to both premature skin aging as well as
skin cancer.

As long as you use sunscreen, the effects of both lasers and light sources
are permanent — on the spots treated. However, “since the induction time
for a brown spot is 20 to 50 years, others could appear as time goes on,”
says Goldberg.

The Risks of Lasers: Although rare, treatments carry a small risk of
discomfort, redness, mild swelling, and pigmentation problems. If you are prone
to keloid or scar tissue formation, it’s even more important to consult a
board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon before having this
treatment.

The Cost of Lasers: About $500 per session, with up to three laser
sessions needed for complete fading. IPL treatments are less — around $300 —
but take up to eight sessions to fade brown spots.