What causes age spots and pigmentation on the hands?
The hands are seldom protected from sunlight and harsh environmental factors.
Pigmentation is common with age. Sun exposure causes activation of our pigment producing cells (melanocytes), causing an overproduction of melanin. This manifests as an irregular pigmentation on the skins surface.
Age spots are due to pigment (melanin) collecting in one spot. They are also known as liver spots or solar lentigines.
How can pigmentation be removed from the backs of hands?
This depends on your underlying skin type:
- Lighter skin types (Caucasian/Celtic/Northern European) benefit most from intense pulsed light. This smooths irregular pigment in 1-3 sessions spaced 1 month apart with minimal downtime.
- Darker skin types (Asian/Mediterranean etc.) require either a long pulse Nd:YAG or Q-Switch laser to safely treat pigment. Most patients require 2-3 sessions spaced 1 month apart.
Both options are $350 per session.
How does IPL work to remove pigment from the hands?
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) works by delivering light delivered at a specific power and wavelength to the treatment area. At specific wavelengths the light is selectively absorbed by pigmented structures within the skin. This causes a breaking up and ‘lifting’ of pigment, that then flakes off in the days following treatment. This occurs while leaving the surrounding skin structures unharmed.
What can you expect after laser pigmentation removal from the hands?
After your laser pigmentation removal you can expect some mild redness on the backs of your hands. This will be similar to a mild sunburn.
You can return to your daily routine immediately after treatment, but we ask that you refrain from sun exposure for 2 weeks post treatment.
Is laser treatment of pigmentation safe?
Yes. This is a very safe treatment. All lasers used in pigmentation removal at Contour Clinics have been FDA and TGA approved for this indication.
All of our laser practitioners are extensively trained and certified in all aspects of laser treatment and laser safety.