The hands are one of the first areas that can show the signs of ageing due to the thickness of the skin
in the area and also the constant exposure to sun damage and the elements. This can appear on the tops of the hands as dehydration, crepey skin, dehydration and pigmentation. Improving the texture of the skin on the hands and discolouration can be achieved with a few treatment options.
There are a variety of treatments that can be utilised to treat the ageing on the skin on the hands including:
Lasers with no downtime
Daily skin care
Lasers with no downtime
Lengthy, invasive, multi- visit procedures are a turn off for many people wishing to treat mild wrinkles and photo damaged skin. Laser skin resurfacing is one of the growing fields of the aesthetic industry offering patients an alternative to traditional invasive procedures. Laser resurfacing treatments offer patients an effective and minimal downtime procedure to treat fine lines and wrinkles on the and area. The laser skin resurfacing procedure helps to restore the skin to a healthy state, similar to a skin that has not experienced sun damage.
Laser resurfacing is a relatively quick procedure with its rapid scanning ability able to treat the whole face in about 30 minutes. Most lasers used are carbon dioxide lasers or ErbiumYag lasers which both operate on a wavelength to attract the water molecules contained in the skin. The laser resurfacing is performed using a beam of laser energy which ablates the skins surface layers. As the new cells begin to form during the healing process a tighter, smoother younger-looking skin appears due to the stimulation of collagen formation underneath the skin. The laser itself does not penetrate deeper than the epidermal layer of the skin and uses what is called fractional resurfacing which produces a cooling effect. This means that the skin around the small fraction of the skin is left intact and undamaged to act as a barrier and a reservoir for faster healing.
Laser skin resurfacing has been successfully used with patients to treat blemishes and scars on the hand area as well as all over the body.
One of the most effective treatments to improve the texture of the hand area is with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). Utilising the bodies own plasma it is a natural treatment which can improve crepey skin texture and elasticity underneath the eyes. Plasma in blood product contains a high concentration of platelets which are essential for skin cell regeneration and for the healing of injury to the skin. It is these natural growth factors and stem cells which provide the skin rejuvenation particularly effective in the under eye area.
The treatment is very effective to thicken and improve the texture of the skin on the hand area which helps to minimise the look. For full skin rejuvenation in PRP the treatment yields more than 8 times the amount of plasma found naturally in blood causing thickening and skin regeneration on a larger scale.
As the skin ages the framework of collagen and elastin begins to breakdown resulting in the development of lines and wrinkles. A dermal or cosmetic filler is a synthetically produced product which is injected into lines and wrinkles, plumping up the skin and creating a lift and firmness to the treated areas. The filler products can be used to immediately add hydration and smoothing to the hand area.
The most commonly used dermal and cosmetic products use a hylauronic acid gel which is a natural chemical constituent of the skin and therefore less likely to cause an allergic reaction. Collagen-based products and poly-acrylamide preparations are also available on the market with the exact type of filler product chosen dependent upon the area to be treated and the result required. Results will last between 6-10 months depending upon what area is treated and can vary from person to person as the filler is gradually broken down and absorbed into the body returning features to a pre treatment look.
The use of a daily skin care routine for the hand area can cause the area to look more hydrated and younger immediately: Sunscreen is an absolute given to avoid further sun damage and should be used every day on the hands even when indoors. UVA and UVB rays can cause ageing and damage to skin on the hands when driving and going about day to day duties. Exfoliating the tops of the hands with a light scrub will help to desquamate and remove a build up of dead skin cells which can cause discolouration. This will also help to lift any superficial pigmentation in the area. Essentially a good, rich emulsifier moisturiser should be used morning and night to hydrate the area and put back lost lipids which can cause the area to age prematurely.
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