Even tone to the hands
Sun spots are also known as age spots, and will develop over time as a result of exposure to the sun – as the hands are an area of the body that spends a lot of time uncovered and open to the elements. The skin’s natural pigment – melanin – is produced in response to UV rays penetrating the skin, to act as a protective barrier. This overproduction builds up over a long time and causes dark patches to become visible on the surface.
Applying a laser for pigmentation can reduce the appearance of sun spots to the hands and restore a more even tone.
The laser is applied using a hand held device which delivers a beam of light directly onto the area of discoloured skin. It is the darker colouring that attracts the light, turning to heat energy as it is absorbed by the dermis. The laser safely works to fragment the pigment which is drawn to the surface of the skin, and will eventually dry up and flake off.
Each case of sun spots to the hands requires an individual approach. The Facebible will put together a personal treatment plan at a one-to-one consultation, based on the patient’s specific concerns and expectations.
A laser treatment for pigmentation can produce great results. The treatment targets only the pigmented skin cells, restoring the skin’s natural tone without causing any damage to the surrounding skin or tissues. Sun spots can often give the perception of age, and to eliminate their appearance can produce a youthful look to the hands.
The experts at The Facebible will provide effective aftercare advice, which will include the type of skin care that is best to use, as well as recommending that a high SPF is applied to the hands daily.
This treatment is often found to be suitable for men and women who have noticed small patches of discoloured skin on the backs of their hands. We advise the use of a laser to most skin types, however we may not suggest this treatment if a woman is pregnant or breastfeeding. This type of procedure can also be effective on other irregularities, such as: freckles, melasma and sun damage.
As the laser only works on the affected skin cells, and doesn’t damage any other tissues, it is considered to be a safe treatment to undergo. The Facebible will not recommend this procedure if our experts feel it is not in your best interests, and a patch test will be carried out at your consultation to see if your skin is likely to react.
Laser treatments are generally considered to be comfortable. Most patient’s express that the feeling they experience is similar to a rubber band snapping against the skin. Although we do not commonly feel anaesthesia is required, you can discuss this with your practitioner at the consultation.
Redness to the treated area for 48 hours is a common side effect of this treatment, which may be accompanied by slight swelling. Once the pigmented cells have been broken down they will be drawn to the skin’s surface and will fall off. It is important that when these flakes appear, you resist the urge to pick at them.
3 treatment sessions, carried out monthly, would be typically recommended to achieve a successful result. This will of course depend on your individual situation and the extent of your concerns.
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