As we strive to look as good as we feel, or try to look better, so that we feel better, we realize that we need to address not only our face and neck, but our hands as well.
Our hands have constantly been exposed to the sun’s harmful rays, whether from gardening, golfing, hiking, or even simply driving a car. The sun’s UVA rays travel through windshields, slowly damaging the skin and accelerating the aging process. Our cold Canadian climate can further contribute to dry, dehydrated hands.
Over time, brown sunspots appear. These are often incorrectly referred to as liver spots. They are actually called lentigines and are caused from long term sun exposure. Warty like growths called Seborrheic Keratoses may also develop. These are benign growths secondary to age and genetics.
Red scaly lesions may also develop. These are known as Actinic keratoses and are due to chronic sun exposure. Dr. Nield usually recommends treating these lesions for medical reasons.
With time, our hands are less able to retain moisture, leaving our skin dry and loose and wrinkled. The dermis and subcutaneous layers thin out, exposing our hand veins and making our hands look rather bony.
Hand rejuvenation is not all that different from facial and neck rejuvenation. Oftentimes, patients will seek out Dr. Nield for her expert help with respect to enhancing their facial appearance, only to realize that they can also benefit from revitalizing their hands as well.
Dr. Nield has many treatment options available to improve the appearance of your hands. Oftentimes, more than one treatment will be suggested, and a series of procedures may be necessary, to obtain maximum results. Dr. Nield will also stress the importance of regular sunscreen usage, not only on your face but hands and all sun exposed skin!
Cosmeceuticals that rejuvenate your face and neck may also be of benefit to your hands. Products with Vitamin A, retinoids, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, antioxidants, peptides and human growth factors can help maintain the benefits achieved from our in office hand rejuvenation procedure .Our office has a wide range of very useful skin care products.
Dermal Infusion Facial Treatments combine a microdermabrasion with a diamond sterile tip, along with an infusion process that can significantly hydrate and soften your skin, as well as removing unwanted brown spots. Anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C are one of many ingredients that can be infused into your skin, during a series of relaxing treatments. Many patients decide to treat their hands at the same time that they are rejuvenating their face and neck.
When applied to the skin, Glycolic Acid lightly exfoliates the damaged outer layers. This encourages newer, healthy skin to grow and it helps to tighten the skin and fade away age spots. A series of peels are necessary to maximize your results. There is very little downtime, and a treatment can be performed in 15 minutes.
This is a time tested, reliable treatment that has very little downtime. A layer of skin is massaged away with micro-crystals. A series of treatments will leave your hands feeling refreshed, softer, and more even in texture and tone. Your skin will feel firmer secondary to new collagen growth.
This is also known as Intense Pulsed Light or Photofacials. Through short bursts of intense pulsed light, sunspots or lentigines can be gently removed from the skin. Light treatments may also reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the back of your hands overtime by stimulating the development of new collagen. A series of treatments are once again recommended by Dr. Nield. Maintenance treatments are also quite useful.
Oftentimes, as the skin on our hands begins to thin, fat and collagen begin to break down. This leaves our hands appearing old and wrinkled, with very visible hand veins.
Injectable volumizers are temporary fillers that can easily and painlessly be injected into the back of your hands, instantly plumping them up and taking years off your hands, all in a matter of minutes.
The results can last a year or more. Your hands will immediately look more youthful. Your veins will be less visible and your hands will be plumper. There is very little downtime and the results are immediate. If patients have a lot of sunspots, they may also wish to have these removed as well, to maximize their overall results.
This is otherwise known as cryotherapy. Liquid nitrogen can be sprayed onto both benign warty growths such as seborrheic keratosis and onto actinic keratosis, which are atypical growths secondary to chronic sun exposure. Dr. Nield is very adept at distinguishing the two, and would be very happy to evaluate your skin for photodamage.
Liquid nitrogen may cause some discolouration of the skin. This is usually temporary but Dr. Nield will discuss this further, when she evaluates you in her office.
Hand rejuvenation has become very popular over the past few years, as more individuals seek to not only improve the appearance of their face and neck, but their hands as well. Newer techniques have made hand rejuvenation much more practical, simple and effective.