While we spend a lot of time combating the signs of aging through eating antioxidants, slathering on high-SPF sunscreens, and diligently exercising, we frequently forget to protect our oft-exposed hands. After a lifetime of ultraviolet light (UV) exposure from the sun, hands can become covered in age spots, appearing as brown hyper-pigmented patches. At Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center, we see many patients seeking the removal of these patches; especially among those patients who spent extended periods in the sun this summer.
Thin skin on the backs of hands makes it clear when fat begins to be lost, causing skin to appear wrinkled and hands to seem skeletal. Fortunately, treatment procedures are available to remove or reduce appearance of age spots, which are made of the brown pigment melanin. From moisturizing paraffin wax treatments to wrinkle-reducing dermal filler injections to re-plump thin skin, Laser Lights offers several hand rejuvenation options to suit your cosmetic concerns.
Another effective option is topical treatments. Applying topical vitamin A derivatives, such as retinoid and retinol, can lighten spots as well as tighten skin by stimulating collagen production. Typically, topical products are effective, but can take a few months to produce results. We also offer Erbium (YAG) Laser Peels and TCA Peels tailored for your hand renewal.
For those who prefer to see results sooner, laser treatment is an option. Lasers remove age spots by breaking up age spots and hyper-pigmented areas causing them to be absorbed by the body and sparing the surrounding tissue. This type of age-spot laser treatment is typically mild and interferes little with normal activities. Post-laser treatment, skin often scabs and then sheds naturally to reveal younger skin. Most age spots can be removed in just one treatment.
Normally, age spots are merely a cosmetic nuisance and are harmless to the body. However, sometimes what you think is an age spot can be a hazardous condition like skin cancer. We recommend seeing Dr. David Whiteman or your dermatologist who can evaluate your spots and perform a skin cancer check. For non-cancerous spots, speaking with one of our experienced Laser Lights technician can aid in deciding what treatment will work best for your age spots. To schedule an appointment, please contact us today. For more information on Laser Lights services, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.