You’re diligent about your facial skin care regime. You drink lots of water, eat healthy foods, exercise, and religiously apply sunscreen. Your makeup is non-toxic, non-comedogenic, and mineral based. You feel confident you are putting your best face forward, but are your best efforts being subtly sabotaged? Not giving enough thought to the appearance of your neck, decollete, and hands can undermine everything you do to maintain the youthful radiance of your face.
Fortunately, more than ever before, there are options in skincare technology that can help rejuvenate the skin all over your body, including your hands, face, neck, and decollete. Modern medspa professionals offer a wide variety of minimally invasive treatments that yield dramatic results with next to no downtime.
How Do Your Hands, Neck, and Decollete Show Your Age?
Your hands take a lot of abuse since they are generally more exposed to the elements than most parts of your body. Frequent handwashing can strip away your skin’s natural oils; exposure to cold and wind can further exacerbate cracked, dry skin. Most people don’t consistently apply sunscreen to their hands, leaving them vulnerable to damage from ultraviolet (UV) rays—which can cause age spots, wrinkles, discoloration, and other signs of premature aging, as well upping your risk of skin cancers.
Further, the skin on your hands is very thin; because of this, your hands show the signs of aging faster than many other parts of your body. The subcutaneous fat loss that naturally occurs as you age can show up much faster as loose, wrinkly, crepey skin on the hands.
While the skin on your neck and decollete is thicker than that on your hands, it is similarly fragile and frequently exposed to the damaging effects of the elements. It’s an area that is often overlooked when applying creams, moisturizers, and sunblock, too. Age spots, wrinkles, and discoloration in these areas, along with sagging skin, can reveal your true age even if your face still looks great.
How Do You Treat the Signs of Aging in the Hands, Neck, and Decollete?
Fortunately, many of the innovative new skin rejuvenation technologies can be used all over the body, including the hands, neck, and decollete. BroadBand Light (BBL) technology, for example, can improve the look and feel of your skin and restore it to a level of radiance it hasn’t had for years. This procedure uses invisible infrared light pulsing at various wavelengths and with various filters to gently heat the upper layers of skin in the targeted area. This stimulates the skin cells to promote the generation of collagen, the main structural protein found in skin and connective tissues. New collagen helps plump up your skin and combat sagging, improving skin’s elasticity and evening out its pigmentation. You can even start this treatment while your skin is still youthful to maintain its elasticity and delay the appearance of aging!
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Another option to improve the look and feel of aging skin is laser resurfacing, like the NanoLaserPeel™ or Contour TRL™ treatments. These procedures use erbium laser technology to remove the layers of the skin, speeding up the skin’s natural renewal process and immediately revealing smoother, younger-looking skin. These procedures smooth out the appearance of lines and wrinkles and improve the look of tired, dull skin. Other laser treatments like ProFractional™ and Laser Genesis can be used to help stimulate new collagen growth using targeted laser energy pulses. These can reduce the appearance of scars and discoloration and improve the laxity of thin skin in all areas of the body.
An exciting new technology called the Cutera Secret RF uses fractional radio frequency (RF) waves to make microneedling even more effective. This process uses tiny needles to deliver precisely controlled RF energy at various depths into the skin, from 0.5 mm to 3.5 mm, which causes tissue coagulation and hemostasis. The process is designed to stimulate and remodel collagen, resulting in long-lasting improvements for fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, photoaging, and other blemishes on your face, neck, and decolletage.
Finally, injectable dermal fillers can help replace the youthful plumpness that aging hands lack. Two hyaluronic acid fillers, Restylane Silk and Juvederm Volbella XC, are especially well suited for subtly increasing volume and smoothing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Which Procedure is Right for You?
Urban Effects MedSpa in Des Moines, Iowa, offers a wide range of spa treatments, medical skin care, and injectables in our skin wellness center to help you look and feel more youthful. Each skin treatment offers a specific set of advantages, and many require minimal downtime and aftercare. With guidance from your skincare professional, you’ll be able to determine which treatment procedure will help you best achieve the results you want to see on your face, neck, hands, and decollete.
If you’re ready to move forward with determining your plan for more youthful, radiant skin, contact the professionals at Urban Effects Medspa today!