Can Crepey Skin Be Permanently Treated?

I'm developing crepey skin on my hands and elbows and front of upper thighs. I've had Radiesse and a fraxel dual treatment on my hands with no improvement in the crepiness or loss of elasticity. Since I don't understand what makes skin crepey, can it be fixed? Is there a permanent solution?

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Crepy skin

Most of the time crepy skin comes with age or some medication such as long term cortisone intake.

Treatment is very difficult. You will not change the skin with fillers. Fraxel and thermage are junk medicine.

you may try light Retin A and Glycolic acid. Depending on your color of skin light peels may improve the skin. Another modality, also depend on your skin is very light Fractional CO2 Laser, but has to be done several times. Can be expensive.


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Crepey Skin Treatment

Thanks for the question.

Crepey skin represents a gradual reduction in organized collagen bundles in the dermal layer of the skin. This can come about through the natural aging process as well as other etiologies, such as massive weight loss, or chronic corticosteroid use.

There is no "magic bullet" for treating this problem. The goal, ultimately would be to boost body collagen production. This can be achieved, to a degree, with fractionated laser resurfacing, collagen induction therapy, and a sound skin care program along with oral nutriceauticals. Complete eradication of crepey skin at present is not possible, although innovation in skin regeneration may bring hope in the years to come. 

Best of luck,

Glenn Vallecillos, MD, FACS

Glenn Vallecillos, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Crepey Skin Treatment

The simple answer is to an extent, yes, you can reverse some but not all of the aging process.
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Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Crepey Skin in elbows, thighs, hands

These ares of crepey skin are very difficult to treat.  There are times when you are very fortunate and Thermage and Fraxel work remarkably well.  There are other times when the skin is just too lax and nothing works well.  Surgery leaves terrible scars in these areas and is not a viable option for most patients looking for an aesthetically pleasing result.  Each case must be individually reviewed and decided since there is no one magic answer for this condition.

Crepy Skin

Crepy skin on the arms and body is very difficult to treat. Be cautious of recommended solutions as most can cause more harm than good.

Steven Hacker, MD
West Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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