Hands of time
This month cosmetic surgeon BIJAN BEIGI talks about where the earliest tell-tale signs of ageing appear – the answer might surprise you…
So where can we expect to see the first signs of ageing?
A lot of time is spent battling the signs of ageing around the face but very often it is our hands that give away those first signs. Over time, our hands appear dehydrated or lose volume and age spots, brittle nails and prominent veins all contribute to tell-tale signs of ageing in our hands.
Why is that?
We forget that our hands are exposed on a daily basis to a wide range of elements all of which contribute to ageing skin, including extremes in temperature which can dry the skin out and of course UV, which is the worst for pigmentation spots. Age also means the skin itself becomes thin and the elasticity goes.
Is there anything we can do to combat these signs of ageing in our hands?
Whilst nothing can halt the passage of time, a lot can be done to protect the skin on our hands. I think the message is clear about wearing SPF on our face and bodies, but it is very often overlooked when it comes to our hands. However, this should be the first place we apply SPF and it should be done every day, as most people expose their hands to UV 365 days of the year. We can also protect our hands by wearing gloves when doing jobs which may cause damage such as cleaning and gardening. And of course, moisturising daily is a must.
So if all this fails, is there anything that can be done to improve our hands?
IPL, which stands for Intense Pulsed Light, can be used for the treatment of pigmentation, sun damage and age spots both on the face and hands. The treatment safely and comfortably fades the appearance of skin imperfections caused by the sun and uneven skin tones caused by age spots using intense pulsed light.
How does IPL work?
At Norwich Cosmetic Clinic we use combined bipolar radiofrequency and pulsed light energies of the Elos technology, to precisely and safely target pigmented lesions such as freckles, sunspots and age spots.
So if you want to look your best don’t forget your hands as they can give away those first tell-tale signs of ageing!