What's the Best Age Spot Treatment for Sun Damaged Hands?

What age spots treatments are available for the hands?

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The IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) lasers work very well for...

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The IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) lasers work very well for sun spots on the hands. They are simple and safe and cost effective. Plus there is virtually no down time, recovery or risk when done in the medical office by qualified people.

Sun Spot Treatment For The Hands

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Over time, our skin suffers damage from exposure to sun. We have done a fairly good job in encouraging people to apply sunscreens and avoid sun exposure to the face, but we have not done well in encouraging the same for the hands.

I have found that IPL laser treatments work extremely well in elimininating sun spots on the hands and face. There is no down time or pain with the IPL laser, and the procedures are affordable for most.

Beyond that, there are a variety of bleaching creams that can be effective and of course, an ounce of prevention (sunscreen) is worth a pound of cure!

Arnold W. Klein, MD (in memoriam)
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon

My Hands Are Giving My Age Away

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Now we know why gloves were so popular in the F. Scott Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby era.

There are many treatments for age spots on the hands if gloves won't do.

  • IPL laser treatments are effective.
  • I have found that Fraxel re:store laser works very well.

During and after your treatment it is most important to avoid sun exposure and wear abundant sun block.

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Treatment for Age Spots on hands

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Brown spots on the skin—typically on the face, chest, shoulders, and back of hands can be the direct result of unprotected exposure to the sun. They can also be a result of hormonal changes and are a common skin problem that we, consult many of our patients about.The flat spots on the skin also called age spots, sun spots, solar lentigines, or liver spots (even though they have nothing to do with the liver) are triggered after prolonged sun exposure. When the sun’s UV rays hit the skin, they damage the pigment-producing cells called melanocytes and causing a spike in production of the skin pigment called melanin. They’re common in patients with fair skin, but they can also appear in those with darker skin.
These spots range in color from brown to tan to dark brown based on how much sun exposure you’ve had and cause your skin to look blotchy, freckled, and uneven. And they vary in size, again depending on how much sun you’ve been exposed to.
Link to hormones: As hormone levels may change during events such as pregnancy or due to birth control pills, brown, uneven patches can appear on a woman’s face when the skin is exposed to the sun. It seems that sunlight triggers the pigment-producing cells in the skin to go into overdrive. Called the melasma, these dark patches may persist and not improve even with bleaching creams.
We commonly treat these brown spots or patches with chemical peels (which exfoliate the outermost layer of skin, removing the dark spots), light therapy and lasers (the energy blasts away pigment).

Dennis Gross, MD
New York Dermatologist
4.7 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Age Spots for Hands

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There are several excellent alternatives to treat age spots for hands.

The consistently best treatment is the laser expert. It is best to visit an experienced physician who has the abiity to use multiple modalities.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Second IPL

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We often suggest IPL to patients in our practice who are unhappy with age spots of the hands. IPL can reduce the signs and visibility of age spots. 

Christine Sullivan, MD
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Best Treatment for Age Spots/Sun spots on your hands

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I have found that the new Fraxel Dual laser is by far the best treatment for sun damaged hands.  The Fraxel works especially well when there is extensive sun damage and different degrees of age spots.  It is a very elegant procedure without a great deal of down time.  After treatment it is always important to put sun screen on your hands to prevent the brown spots from recurring after treatment.  Remember to find an experienced board certified dermatologist for your treatments who has a lot of experience with lasers.

RE: Best Age Spot Treatment For Sun Damaged Hands

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Fraxel lasers can be used to rejuvenate the appearance of the hands. In fact, Courtney Cox recently revealed that this is what she does.

Fraxel helps stimulate the formation of new collagen so that your skin has more firmness.

These lasers can also break up the melanin structures which are causing unwanted pigmentation. The body will then carry away the end products from the surface, resulting in a more uniform complexion. 


Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Ageing hand rejuvenation

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You're not alone but I can reassure you that there are ways you can rejuvenate your hands.

There are many ways you can treat age spots and pigmentation changes on the hands, including chemical peels, laser, IPL and other treatments that are directed at improving the quality and appearance of the skin on your hands.

To make the most of these treatments it's also important to protect your hands from the sun in the future. Daily sunscreen use is important, be sure to keep some in your handbag so you can re-apply after you wash your hands. Frequent use of hand cream to keep your skin hydrated is helpful, and wearing gloves is also an effective method (and one which Madonna commonly uses). Admittedly wearing gloves does stop you from putting your beautifully manicured and moisturised hands on display!

Often ageing hands look old because of volume loss, which makes the veins and tendons on the back of your hand look more prominent. It also deepens the hollows between the bones. Volume can be replaced with fillers or with fat injections. Fillers give very quick results as an office procedure and there is minimal down time. Fat injections require that fat be taken via liposuction from another area of your body, before it is injected into the back of your hands. Speak with a specialist in hand rejuvenation if you are interested in volume replacement. As you will see from some of the videos available on YouTube it can make a very impressive improvement to the appearance of ageing hands.

Jill Tomlinson, MBBS, FRACS
Melbourne Plastic Surgeon

Treating Aging Hands

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Treating aging hands is usually a 3 step process- in my practice this procedure is known as a HandLift. (1) If you have age spots and discoloration, treating with an IPL is a quick, easy way to erase the spots.  (2) If you have loss of volume and thin skin, injectable fillers plump the hands and give a more youthful look. (3) To keep the skin on the hands looking younger it is important to take care of them as part of your daily skin care routine- use a UVB/UVA sunscreen DAILY and avoid direct sun exposure as much as possible.   Best of luck, Dr. Clevens


Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 124 reviews

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