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New Medical Esthetic Treatments Available for Aging Hands

Posted: August 5, 2011

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Following this type of laser treatment, patients should expect the skin to turn red, resembling sunburn, for about a week to 10 days and then increasingly improve in appearance. Depending on the patient, three to six treatments with the fractional laser may be needed to achieve the desired results.

To treat the dark brown spots that result from years of UV exposure, Glaser utilizes pigment specific lasers that deliver a beam of light that penetrates the skin‟s surface to treat the affected area of the hand. After treatment, patients can expect the brown spots to appear darker for about a week, after which they will lightly scab, fall off and then turn pink as the skin begins to heal. Strict sun avoidance and protection is needed following most laser treatments. Glaser added that one to two treatments with this type of laser may be needed to improve these common pigmentation problems.

“The hands are often overlooked because we put so much emphasis on our face, but our hands can be even more susceptible to the effects of aging,” says Glaser. “With continued advances in dermatology, there are many options available to patients to minimize the appearance of an aging hand. But I always remind my patients that prevention truly is the best medicine, so don‟t forget to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 or more to all exposed areas of skin, including the backs of your hands.”