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ANTIAGING TREATMENTS: BODY

Non-Facial Aging Skin Treatments

 

Our Aging Skin

Our faces are not the only part of the body to suffer from a lifetime of photodamage caused by sun exposure and from breakdown in collagen and elastin.

The neck, hands, decollete and legs can all successfully be treated to rejuvenate the skin.

Over 90% of the damage to our skin is caused by sun exposure. Typical signs of damage include: wrinkles; lines; brown, red and white discolorations, and general breakdown of the skin structure. The backs of the hands, in particular suffer from these imperfections.


Antiaging Treatments for Neck and Chest Skin

Most common conditions affecting the skin of the neck and chest are:

  • Skin blotchiness
  • Spider veins [telangiectasias]
  • Areas of atrophy - white areas related to loss of elasticity [poikiloderma]

 

Treatments for these conditions include:

Chemical [Glycolic] Peels and Bleaching Agents - help with the pigmentation problems, including white and brown spots.

Laser and Light Teatments [including pulsed light lasers] - reduce redness. Lasers work by heating and removing the top skin layers

Trichloracetic Acid (TCA) Peels - used to even out skin colouration following laser treatments and chemical peels. This is also useful to blend larger areas, such as the face, which have become lighter due to peels, with the neck and chest.

Nonablative Lasers - used to treat sun damage on the neck and chest area. Nonablative lasers work beneath the skin’s surface; targeting cells that absorb the light’s energy. The underlying sources of the skin discoloration break apart from the laser’s light and become absorbed in the body. Requires a series of treatments. There is no downtime.

Photo Rejuvenation - uses intense pulsed light technology to correct imperfections on the hands, neck, chest and face. The light penetrates the outer layer of skin to reach the dilated vessels or pigment. Requires a series of treatments. There is no downtime.

Botulinum Toxin [Botox] - can be used on the chest for diminishing wrinkles in décolleté by relaxing the muscles underneath.

 

Antiaging Treatments for Hands

Among the most common problems associated with aging hands are lentigines, or brown spots.

Bleaching creams, which patients rub on their hands on a regular basis for the long-term. These work subtly to reduce the discoloration of dark pigmented spots.

Chemical Peels [glycolic acid and TCA peels] - remove dead skin cells and stimulate the production of new skin cells to diminish age spots and lighten the skin.

Cryosurgery - uses liquid nitrogen to peel topical areas.

Lasers [including Q-switched Nd: YAG laser] - to change the hands’ skin color and remove spots. Very quick procedure [10 minutes]

Fat Implants - fat transferred from other parts of the body is used to plump out the hands.

 

Antiaging Treatments for the Legs

The main aging conditions of the legs are varicose veins and spider veins. These tend to worsen with age.

Varicose veins are abnormally swollen or enlarged blood vessels caused by a weakening of the vein’s walls. They can be treated with:

  • Radio Frequency Closure - a small catheter is inserted into the varicose vein to deliver radio frequency energy to the vein wall, causing it to shrink and seal shut. This is a painless procedure with no downtime .
  • Endovascular Laser Procedure - a diode laser wire or fiber is inserted directly into the vein to deliver laser energy, which heats and destroys the vein.
  • Sclerotherapy - injection with sclerosing solutions to seal off the vein. Often used in conjunction with other procedures
  • Spider Veins are dilated small blood vessels located close to the skin’s surface, red or bluish in colour. They can be treated with:
  • Laser [including the Nd: YAG 1064nm] - use wavelengths to penetrate the skin of the legs without heating the pigment. Typically, two to five treatments, each lasting about 15 minutes.

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