Hands begin to show signs of aging by developing “liver spots”. These areas of sun damaged skin, which often look like large, dark freckles, tend to appear before the rest of our bodies and faces start to show age. The hands are typically the part of the body that receives the greatest amount of unprotected exposure to sun and other elements. Also, some people are predisposed by heredity to develop liver spots and aging hands.
The simplest way to treat these sun damaged areas (liver spots) is with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). This is a relatively inexpensive, painless, non-invasive therapy, which destroys the dark spots without damaging the surrounding tissue, and with no significant swelling or recovery time. The IPL machine sends light through the skin. This light is of a specific wavelength that is absorbed by the darker tissue and destroys the darker cells. These dead cells rise to the surface and slough off, leaving behind the lighter tissue.
IPL treatment for liver spots is a gradual process. Traditional laser treatment would remove the liver spots more quickly by destroying a large amount of tissue in one session, which is very painful and causes severe swelling. Our IPL treatments are gentle and painless and therefore require several sessions. Typically liver spots can be removed in three to five sessions, but each patient is unique and it is impossible to predict exactly how many sessions will be required to remove all of the dark tissue.
When aging hands also have a component of fine wrinkles, we use the Fraxel laser for a more intense laser resurfacing solution. The Fraxel wipes away liver spots and tightens the skin, for complete rejuvenation of the hands.
You can also read frequently asked questions about laser treatment here.
During your free initial aging hands consultation in Los Angeles, Dr. Rivkin will evaluate your unique needs and explain the procedure in detail. You will have the opportunity to view before and after photos, so you will know exactly what to expect from the treatment. After your treatment, Dr. Rivkin will instruct you on the best techniques to care for your skin so that your liver spots do not return, including wearing a daily sun block.
Dr. Rivkin’s patients know that they can get in touch with him at any time. He’s always in the office at Westside
Aesthetics, and is personally involved in every treatment.
To learn more about Dr. Rivkin’s treatments for aging hands or to schedule a free consultation in the Los Angeles / Beverly Hills area, contact us by phone or email today.