Treatments for younger hands - September 2011
By Beth Thomson
Overused and under-serviced, our hands begin to rebel in our early 40s. The result? Dark spots, wrinkles and bulging veins appear, making hands look older than they really are.
Sun damage and general aging top the list of contributing factors, says Dr. Diane Wong, owner of Glow Medi Spa in Toronto. But, thankfully, you can turn back the hands of time.
Check out the October issue of More for our favourite at-home solutions. If you’re interested in quicker, more technological options, here are Dr. Wong’s suggestions.
BEST FOR BROWN SPOTS
The most common procedure is IPL (intense pulse light), says Dr. Wong. Here, a wavelength of light brings the pigment up and out of the skin. Spots get darker and then flake off in about a week. It may take 1-3 treatments.
An even faster treatment is with Fraxel laser. “It gets to the pigment at its deepest point, so you not only get rid of visible brown spots, but the ones waiting to sprout. Usually one treatment is all it takes,” says Dr. Wong.
BEST FOR CREPINESS
Chemical peels and silk peels are nice in-office exfoliating treatments, she says, but the ultimate rejuvenator is dermal fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane. “Talk about WOW. You get immediate results with no downtime and virtually no pain or side effects. Results typically last a year.”