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WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT THOSE AGING HANDS?

We’ve all seen it before, a young face, with old looking hands – the dead give away to a person’s age. The tell tale signs: wrinkled skin, brown spots, protruding veins, tendons and bones . . . An aging appearance is no longer measured just by facial lines and furrows, sagging jowls or waddle necks. As the public becomes more tuned to aesthetics, the appearance of the upper surface of one’s hands increasingly comes into play.

Why the Years Are Unkind to Our Hands

As we age, the fatty layer of our hands gradually thins. Our hands lose volume, fat and elasticity. As a result, the skin becomes more translucent and wrinkled, causing underlying structures as bones and veins to become more apparent. The elements of sun, wind and rain also are unkind to our hands. Hands constantly exposed to the sun develop brown spots. The drying effects of the elements cause further skin wrinkles.

 What’s a Person to Do?

Many surgical and non-surgical treatments are available to rejuvenate both facial and body features. What solutions can science offer us for aging hands? Let’s start with the basics.

Protect your hands from the elements by wearing gloves during times of inclement weather.

Apply sunscreen, ideally SPF 50,  to your hands several times during the day. Remember, each time you wash your hand, you are also washing away the protective sunscreen. So carry a small size sunscreen in your purse and reapply it often.

Moisturize your hands as well as your face with a good quality moisturizer.

Get rid of age spots:

Prescriptive strength hydroquinone or Retin-A help erase signs of hyperpigmentation. If these products don’t do the trick, lasers would be the next step up in treatments.

Get rid of the translucent, shriveled appearance of the skin on the top of your hands:

Dermal fillers  – synthetic ones such as Radiesse, Juvederm or Perlane or non-synthetic ones and non-synthetic ones as the patient’s own fat – are one viable solution. Injected under the first layer of the skin to plump it up in a 5-to-10-minute procedure, fillers work very well, but must be repeated as their effects diminish over time. A second solution is energy driven devices as intense pulsed light, Fraxel or CO2 laser resurfacing.

What about surgical hand lifts?

Can excess skin be surgically removed? Not anytime soon. For one thing, hand surgery is likely to causes obvious scarring. Secondly, hands pose a greater risk of complications. And beautiful hands would be a poor trade off for hands that don’t function as they should. In an earlier article I wrote about Madonna’s Eyes – how young and beautiful they appear.  But have you noticed that she often wears fingerless gloves during her performances – most likely to hide her less-than-young-looking hands?

Can’t science do something more for aging hands? Not at the moment, but never say “Never”.  Advances in cosmetic surgery are driven by demand, and hand rejuvenation is a hot new topic.

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MADONNA EYES – HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

MADONNA EYES –  WHAT PRICE BEAUTY?

After receiving several questions about costs involved in Madonna Lift laser CO2 Fractional laser treatments, I asked Michelle Martel, The Duchess of Dermis to weigh in on this topic. She tells me she has been dedicating much of her time to researching the fair market value of these services so that patients get quality treatments and doctors don’t have laser equipment sitting around unused, collecting dust. They are beginning to take note and listen.

I have done the pricing on the C02 all over the country and here are your averages: I have also included the fair price for both doctor and patient based on the cost of the laser, return on investment and if they are doing a good amount of treatments.

Eyes only Madonna Lift…800-1,000 per treatment min 3 treatments

(500-600 would be great price for patient and Doc)

Face only…2,500-6,000      

Average price is 3,000

Excellent price for service would be 1,800.00 –

(2,500 is good for patient and Doc.)

If done correctly only one treatment a year is needed.

Neck only…800-1,000 per treatment and usually 3 treatments are needed.

Excellent results noticeable after the 2nd treatment.

(600 per treatment is good for patient and doctor)

If the technician uses low settings, then the price should be lower because the patient will need 2 to 3 treatments instead of one. 

Thank you, Michelle for opening our eyes (literally and figuratively)!

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CAN WE EVER FEEL GOOD ABOUT OUR NECKS AGAIN? – by Lois W. Stern

 Can we ever feel good about our necks again?

 Well that depends . . .

First we have to decide what’s bothering us about it in the first place? Then it becomes a question of how  much we’re willing to spend to fix it? (I’m not just talking money here. What about time, effort, risk tolerance? They are legitimate expenditures too.)

Let’s talk about the most basic solutions first. For the neck with only small wrinkles and perhaps some skin discoloration, some basic home remedies might be all you need. Take  a look at this great little video for help in mastering yoga facial exercises.

Sorting out wrinkled necks can be difficult. If your neck has only small wrinkles caused by sun damage, it can be helped by a chemical peel. Make sure any peel you have uses Retin A as it has been proven to improve the appearance of skin. But do not be seduced into having laser treatment for your neck as this can leave very marked pigmentation on the skin.

For moderately wrinkled necks with discoloration a series of Intense Pulsed Light Treatments might be the best solution for you.  Dr. Robert Kotler, well respected head and neck cosmetic surgeon, shares some important insights into neck rejuvenation techniques. Watch this WebMD video. Lately I have also been reading about the use the fab results from the CO2 fractional laser, for  of deep dermal skin tightening so I’ll be investigating and reporting more on those treatments in a future article.

Some patients, usually younger gals and guys, have problems with neck fat and no other aesthetic neck problems. In such cases a liposuction treatment might ressolve the issue.

Technology is scrambling to keep up in the race to develop other energy driven devices to meet that waddle neck head on. Many promises out there, but no real FDA approved solutions at present.

At the moment, for very wrinkled necks, especially where there is droop, don’t be seduced into energy driven treatments. If you really want to fix that turkey neck, surgery is probably the best solution –  either a neck lift or a neck lift combined with a face lift.

From advice on skin care of the delicate tissues of the neck, to Botox treatments, surgery and more, read this informative article from the Daily Mail.

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