When most people think of skin care, they instantly think of the face. It’s the most visible and exposed part of our bodies, so it makes sense that our facial skin receives the most attention, pampering and protection. But, let’s talk about two areas that are big giveaways to someone’s true age: hands and forearms.
Because the skin on the back of our hands is as thin and delicate as our facial skin, it is especially prone to sun damage, laxity issues and an overall “weathered and worn” appearance. Many patients are bothered by the prominence of veins and patchy or scattered brown spots. Following a Fraxel® Laser Treatment to resurface the skin, I recommend a simple injection of filler artfully placed in the tissue plane that surrounds the tendons and veins that will give a lovely, plump and youthful appearance to the backs of hands. Moving on up, forearms are common victims of sun exposure, especially the left forearm that tends to get more sun exposure through glass while we’re driving. Brown spots, cherry angiomas, seborrheic keratosis and a loose, wrinkled appearance begin to appear as we age. Cryotherapy of raised brown spots (seborrheic keratosis), an application of a skin bleaching product such as NeoCutis Blanche with hydroquinone, and overall resurfacing with Fraxel® Laser Resurfacing can help reverse sun damage and restore smoother, younger-looking skin on the forearms.
What about the white sun spots that begin to appear over time? If they are a product of sun damage, there is no way to correct them, but the treatments recommended above can help diminish their appearance by removing the brown spots, sun damage and hyperpigmentation around them, which evens the skin tone.