More Antiaging Techniques
3. Chemical Peels. Best used for brown spots and age pigmentation, this treatment relies on various chemicals to burn away the top layer of skin. Though some doctors -- like Narins -- say it's a superb and safe treatment for age spots, others, like Katz, believe it's too harsh for the skin on most people's hands.
What You Can Expect: Some redness and irritation that usually subsides within a few days. Katz says there is a high risk of scarring if your skin is very thin or sensitive.
Cost: $500- $700.
4. Sclerotherapy/Laser Ablation. The goal of both these treatments is to obliterate the unsightly and bulging blood vessels in the back of the hands. In sclerotherapy a mild irritant is injected into the vein, blocking blood supply and causing it to shut down and shrink from view. In laser ablation, a beam of light is used to accomplish the same thing.
What You Can Expect: Both treatments are relatively painless with no down time, but it can take up to several weeks to see full results. Because these veins are necessary in the event that you are hospitalized and need an IV port, most doctors shy away from this treatment unless the veins are very tiny and superficial. Katz says this therapy is best used to eliminate spider veins only. To help hide larger veins both he and Narins recommend fat injections to plump the area around the vein, causing it to recede from obvious view.
Cost: $300 - $500 per treatment; one to two treatments needed.