The hands are one of the most used and exposed parts of the body, and so unfortunately one of the first places on the body to show our age. Many people take great care of their face and make sure to protect their skin from the sun, but this seems to be something that many of us seem to neglect when it comes to our hands. This can lead to unattractive age spots and sun damage to the hands, but Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic – serving Ashford, Dover, Faversham, Folkestone, Thanet and Kent – has the solution to your ageing hand issues.
Why do hands age?
The first thing to do when looking at your ageing hands is to understand why it is that your hands seem to have aged at a faster rate than the rest of your body. Ageing of the hands is inevitable, but is mostly down to the combination of two factors that force our skin to look older: a breakdown of collagen and sun damage. An issue that many people who opt for anti-ageing hand treatment suffer with is prominent veins, caused by a breakdown of the collagen present within the hands. Due to low levels of fat within the hands this reduction makes a much more dramatic visual result.
The second factor in the ageing hands is the development of age spots. These sports resemble freckles and are commonly found on the front of the hands, but can found on other areas of the body too. The main reason age spots are formed is due to sun damage. We now know the damage that the sun can do to our skin but still many of us do not consider protecting our hands against these factors. Seeing as the hands are pretty much always within the reach of sunlight, the hands are more prone to developing skin abnormalities such as age spots as a result of sun damage.
IPL to treat hands
Anti-ageing hand treatment harnesses IPL laser technology to improve the look of ageing qualities within the hands that may make suffers feel self-conscious. IPL laser treatment effectively evens out the abnormal skin tone that occurs when age spots develop. IPL laser treatment usually involves up to 4 sittings of treatment with a 2 week interval between sittings. Some patients may experience darkening or peeling of the skin as a result of IPL laser treatment, this is a common side-effect and will subside with a couple of days following treatment. If you are considering undergoing IPL laser treatment as a form of anti ageing hand treatment then (like any cosmetic treatment) knowledge is power. It is strongly suggested that patients conduct their own thorough research into the treatment as well as consulting a experienced and qualified professional.
Dr. Mark Hudson-Peacock is the consultant dermatologist at Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic, Kent and had this to say about the treatment.
“IPL laser treatment can be performed to improve the appearance of a number of cosmetic issues but using IPL technology as an anti-ageing hand treatment is possibly the best use of the treatment. The hands are a part of the body that are constantly on show and as a result they can be dead give-away of someone’s age. Many of our patients opt for this treatment to reverse the signs of ageing within their hands with amazing results, and I would strongly suggest that anyone that is considering undergoing anti-ageing hand treatment to consult the advice of a experienced cosmetic professional.”
If you would like any more information on anti-ageing hand treatment then book your consultation with Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic. Service available in Canterbury, Ashford, Dover, Faversham, Folkestone, Thanet and Kent.