Our hands are one of the most visible parts of the body, but many people neglect them in their skin care and anti-aging routines. This leads to hands that are sun damaged and wrinkled, giving away a person's age instantly (or even make a person seem older than they are!). However, modern technology means that there are many ways to treat the hands so that they appear youthful and healthy. At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, our expert dermatologists will prescribe the best treatment for your hands based on your individual concerns.
Radiesse for Hand Plumping
The skin of the hands becomes thinner and more prone to wrinkling as we age. When we think about fine lines and wrinkles, most of us picture expression lines on the face, but wrinkles on the hands are just as common. Radiesse is a dermal filler that boosts collagen production and can help to plump the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the hands.
Radiesse is unique in that it uses CaHA (calcium hydroxylapatite) microspheres to stimulate collagen production and add volume to the skin. It was recently FDA approved for use on the hands, after years of dermatologists using it off-label. Radiesse is a safe and effective treatment that can turn back the clock on your hands!
IPL for Sun Spot Reduction
IPL, or intense pulsed light, is a versatile cosmetic laser used for a variety of skin concerns, including sun damage, freckles, rosacea, and more. The hands are almost always exposed to the sun when outdoors, and sun damage can take its toll in the form of dark spots and uneven skin tone and texture, as well as premature wrinkles. IPL can help to reduce the appearance of dark spots and restore the skin on the hands to a more youthful state.
IPL treatments are safe for use on the hands and relatively painless. The laser has a built-in cooling mechanism that soothes the skin following the heat of the laser, and a topical numbing and cooling gel is applied before treatment to further reduce any discomfort. Treatments are fairly short, and results will appear gradually over the course of a few weeks. IPL is one of our most popular treatments due to its visible results and short treatment time with little to no downtime.
Don't Forget Sunscreen
Everyone should know to wear sunscreen at the beach and during other activities where you will be outdoors for a significant amount of time, but many people don't realize that sunscreen should be worn all day, every day, on every part of the body exposed to the sun. It's not enough to simply put on a facial primer with SPF – your hands need to be protected too! Protecting the hands from sun damage through everyday application of sunscreen can help to prevent premature appearances of sun spots and wrinkles.
Our dermatologists work closely with each of their patients to develop a long-term skin care regimen for optimal protection and preservation of healthy, youthful skin. If you have trouble finding a sunscreen that works well for you, don't hesitate to consult our dermatologists for help in finding the perfect one. Sunscreen is not just for helping to prevent skin cancer – it can also help maintain youthful skin!
Schedule a Hand Care Consultation Today
If your hands are succumbing to the effects of sun and age, you may be a candidate for a Radiesse or IPL treatment. To learn more about how to achieve and maintain smooth, soft, healthy skin on the hands, call Cosmetic Laser Dermatology today at 858.771.9636 to schedule your consultation!
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