Are you self-conscious about your hands? Do they look older than they should, bony and veiny, with brown blemishes and rough texture? If so, you’re the perfect candidate for hand rejuvenation.
One 15 minute IPL treatment removes brown blemishes, dermal fillers recreate the smooth, plumpness of youth to camouflage bones, tendons and veins, medical skin care and/or Fraxel laser improve skin texture and tone.
Possibility of short term swelling or bruising with fillers, darkening of brown spots for 1-2 weeks with IPL or Fraxel.
Depends which treatment’s required. Phone 02 9552 6277 for an approximate quote.
A recent study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that most people can correctly guess a woman’s age simply by glancing at her hands. Because hands are exposed to high doses of UV radiation and other environmental damage, they prematurely develop age spots, lose fat and wrinkle.
Hand rejuvenation treatments including lasers and dermal fillers help reverse these deteriorations to restore a more youthful appearance.
At Heber Davis all skin treatments are performed by qualified doctors or specialised cosmetic nurses.
How should I look after my hands?
Prevention is better than cure and the number one preventative measure is to apply an SPF 30+ sunscreen on a daily basis, whether or not you intend to be in the sun.
As with the face, regular application of cosmeceutical skin care products forms the basis of hand maintenance and rejuvenation.
How do I treat age spots on my hands?
Pigmentations on the hands, which are sometimes unkindly called “age spots” or “cemetery flowers”, are usually due to excessive sun exposure.They can first appear in the 30’s and by age 60, 90% of people are affected. Many people consider them a normal part of aging and therefore untreatable, but in fact these tell-tale signs of aging respond well to photo rejuvenation using lasers or Intense pulsed light.
Laser or Broadband light Treatment (BBL)
To appreciate the goals of treatment, it helps to first understand what causes freckles and age spots.
Here’s how it works: melanocyte skin cells produce melanin, which is the pigment responsible for tanning. These skin cells produce pigment in the skin in response to various stimuli or damage, including UV rays from the sun and wear and tear. The pigment becomes trapped in the melanocytes—as well as in the surrounding skin—and appears as brown spots.
To maximise your BBL treatment we sometimes recommend that you prep your hands with a combination of bleaching agents and vitamin A. These agents help to lighten pigment while deactivating the melanocytes so that they do not react unpredictably to treatment. Vitamin A normalises cell turnover, making the skin more reactive to treatment, while at the same time improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Broadband light treatment selectively targets brown spots. It “shocks” these spots into releasing their pigment, which is then reabsorbed into the body. The light also penetrates deeply into the skin to heat collagen in a controlled manner. Heated collagen regenerates by bundling more densely, which results in tighter and smoother skin.
You will experience temporary heat and stinging during the treatment with residual redness that usually dissipates within a few hours. Your spots will darken initially, then flake away over the next week or two.
Depending on your skin type and the severity of your pigmentation, and because skin on the hands is thinner than on the face which necessitates the use of lower energy settings, one to three treatments spaced at monthly intervals may be required to achieve your desired result.
BBL is a lunch time treatment that in most cases requires no downtime, yet it delivers high levels of patient satisfaction. Patients report positive results such as the fading and disappearance of freckles, age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles, as well as tighter and smoother skin and more even skin tone. Read More about BBL>>
How can I improve skin quality on my hands?
In addition to cosmeceutical skin care and BBL as above, Fractional laser resurfacing improves skin texture to rejuvenate the hands. Because fractional laser rejuvenation treats only a fraction of the skin at a time, it is safe to use on the delicate skin of the hands and healing occurs rapidly over just a few days.
The fractional laser creates thousands of tiny micro channels amidst untreated skin. As these channels heal, they fill with collagen and elastin that lifts and plumps the overlying skin to improve its quality and texture.
How can I replace fat loss on the backs of my hands?
Because the skin on the back of the hands is extremely thin, even minor losses of the natural fat cushion we’re born with show quickly. Take away that cushion and all the structures in the hand show up – the tendons, bones and the veins.
Our natural fat cushion begins to lessen in our late twenties and early 30’s. By the time we turn 50, many of us have grandmother’s hands that look almost skeletal and make us seem older than we are!
Replacing this volume loss with a dermal filler is not a “new” thing. Fat transfers have been used to treat volume loss for many years. Unfortunately, the staying power of fat is unpredictable, and it requires a source – that means some type of surgical removal from some other part of your body. It’s expensive and time consuming and involves significant downtime.
Modern dermal fillers have become the gold standard for restoration of lost volume from the hands and for camouflaging aging tendons, veins and bones.