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Professional Cosmetic Treatments for your Hands

Posted on Jul 2, 2008 at 11:00AM

picture of a woman's hands crossed, with French manicureWrinkled hands blab your age louder than that your frenemy. If the hand creams just aren't getting it done, what are the most effective treatments to alleviate wrinkly, crinkly, crepelike hands with bulging veins and age spots? Professional cosmetic treatments. They can take years off your age. So the next time your frenemy disses you, be bigger than she is, and turn the other cheek and walk away waving with your cosmetically-treated youthful hand.

Medical fillers: Radiesse, Sculptra, Perlane, Restylane, and Juverderm Ultra Plus. The plumping usually lasts one to two years. As time goes on, you may not need as much filler because the injections stimulate the body's own production of collagen. I can not attest that this is true in the hands, but I can assure that this occurs with facial injections.

How much will this cost you? Normally women need two treatments. Fillers vary from $1000 to $6000 for both hands.

Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing (Fraxel). You might remember, that I have had three Fraxel treatments on my face and am scheduled for my fourth one in August. Fraxel stimulates new collagen and elastin to grow, as well as the treatments restore the skin's underlying support structure, making wrinkles disappear. If I had billions to toss around, I would throw my hands in front of the Fraxel machine faster than you can say "Recession." But right now, face trumps hands.

How much will Fraxel cost you? Approximately $750 per pair of hands per treatment. The average woman will need three to five sessions.

Laser or IPL (pulsed light treatment): Brown spots are no doubt a natural part of aging, but if aging is the gun, sun pulls the trigger. The more exposure to sunlight, the more brown spots you will have. As a recovering sun-worshipper, I have so many brown spots that I fear when I become a grandmother, I will be abused by my grandchildren playing "Connect The Dots On Grandma's skin."

I underwent an IPL treamtent, and it did remove most of the brown spots. As a result of the "Connect-the-dot" syndrome from which I suffer, IPL wasn't worth the price. In addition, even though you might eradicate your current brown spots, new ones multiply faster than bunny rabbits.

What will IPL cost you? Approximately $500 a session with up to three laser sessions needed for complete fading. IPL treatments can cost $300 and may take up to eight sessions to completely fade the brown spots.

Even though my hands look 10 years older than my face -- yeah, Beckie, keep telling yourself that --I won't submit them to medical fillers -- at least not now anyway. We are in a recession and face trumps hands. I will just have to wave ta-ta to my frenemies with a gloved hand.

Brains on Beauty: Whatever you choose to do, you must wear sunscreen after any of these treatments to have lasting effects.

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1 Comment --
posted by Giselle Diamond
Mon, 07/07/2008 - 6:25am

Wow, great info. Thanks for sharing! I am really interested with Fraxel. I am just wondering, if I am also to have a Fraxel treatment, how long the results will last before I want to have another Fraxel treatment again? Thanks!

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