Gentle laser rejuvenates hands better than traditional methods
Cosmetic Surgery Times, November 14, 2002

Laser techniques are increasingly used today.

"As people make their faces look younger, the hands become the telltale sign of age," said Michelle Copeland, D.M.D., M.D., a plastic surgeon in private practice and assistant professor of clinical surgery, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York.

"People have more exposure to the sun—directly and indirectly—than they realize," she said. "Patients who want to improve the appearance of their hands should use alpha-hydroxy acids to help exfoliate the skin, just as they do for their face, and sunblock for protection. Then I recommend microdermabrasion, a sanding technique that stimulates the skin regeneration, thus making it more supple. The VersaPulse laser removes sunspots; and the SoftLight laser helps smooth out superficial irregularities."

According to Dr. Copeland, these light techniques for rejuvenating facial skin, hands, upper chest and legs will be embraced more and more as time passes.

"Patients want their whole body to look good, and these 'quick fixes' are safe and effective," she said.