While the face may be the first to show signs of aging, a person’s hands can make someone appear older than they feel. In a person’s lifetime, the hands are exposed to sunlight, extreme temperatures and a lot of wear and tear. It’s no wonder the skin on our hands becomes thinner, develops wrinkles and sun spots and loses its radiance over time.
The good news is that you can reduce signs of aging on your hands with improved care at home and the help of your dermatologist.
Basic tips for improved hand care include:
- Keep your hands moisturized. Dry, cracked hands appear dull and older. Applying a cream periodically throughout the day will give your hands a healthy glow and a more youthful appearance.
- Protect your hands from the sun. The back of the hands are extremely vulnerable to UV damage because they are almost always exposed to sun light. Take extra precautions by applying sunscreen.
- Wear gloves. Do this during household chores or yard work to protect your hands. Also wear gloves in the winter to protect hands from cold, harsh temperatures.
- Avoid frequent hand washing. When you do wash, use a mild soap with warm water.
In some cases, a dermatologist may recommend rejuvenation techniques that have long been successful in treating the face.These procedures add volume to the hand and remove discoloration, wrinkles and damage to reverse telltale signs of aging. Visit your dermatologist to find out if these treatments are offered and recommended options for you.
Because we put so much emphasis on our facial skin care, the hands are often overlooked. The hands can be even more susceptible to the effects of aging, which means they need extra care and attention. Today, there are many procedures available to minimize the appearance of an aging hand. Prevention is the best medicine, but your dermatologist is also an excellent source for advice and professional treatment options.
Forehead wrinkles. Crows feet. Frown lines. Dynamic wrinkles often develop from repetitive facial expression, causing these fine lines to appear visible even when the face is totally relaxed.
Wrinkles are a normal part of the aging process. The most common contributors to premature aging of the skin include genetics, spending too much time in the sun, smoking and poor diet. Avoiding or limiting these activities can help prevent and lessen the effects of wrinkles.
Not all wrinkles can be avoided, and when quick, dramatic results are desired, Botox® may be a viable solution for removing wrinkles on the face caused by daily muscle contraction of your natural facial expressions. Botox® works by temporarily blocking nerve impulses, which reduces the movement of those particular muscles. With less movement, the skin surface is gradually smoothed, the lines begin to fade, and your natural vibrant skin strengthens and returns.
During treatment, very low doses of Botox® are administered by way of small injections. FDA-approved, Botox® is a safe and minimally invasive treatment. It takes just a few minutes and can last about 3-4 months. The effects are not permanent and may need to be repeated as directed by your dermatologist.
If you are interested in learning more about Botox ® cosmetic treatments, contact our office and we will be happy to answer your questions. Younger looking skin is easily attainable with the help of your dermatologist!
No one has perfect skin. We all have freckles, small scars, odd areas of pigmentation and more that are normal for us. However, after 40, and particularly after 50, skin changes because of sun exposure and the aging process. That's why your dermatologist in Indianapolis, Dr. Sonya Campbell Johnson at Dermatology Associates, wants you to perform skin self-examination and to see her yearly for a check-up. Skin cancer looks and feels different from other moles and marks on your skin; so know its early signs, and stay healthy.
Kinds of skin cancer in Indianapolis
There are three basic types: basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma. While all three affect the epidermis or outermost layer of the skin, basal cell and melanoma are in the deepest part of this layer. Also, basal cell typically grows on the face, hands and neck, while the other two types appear anywhere on the body, even on those areas consistently covered by clothing.
Additionally, you should know that melanoma is particularly worrisome because it spreads easily to other parts of the body. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, melanoma starts early, affecting people who are in their twenties. Basal cell carcinoma does not spread. All three kinds need an early diagnosis for the least invasive treatments and for a lasting cure.
Knowing the signs of skin cancer
The American Academy of Dermatology, along with your dermatologist in Indianapolis, urges you to know what skin cancer can look like and to observe your own skin each month for new growths or changes in existing moles. Here's an easy way to remember what to look for. It's called the ABCDEs of moles.
- A stands for asymmetry. If you drew a line down the center of your mole, the shape and size should remain the same on both sides.
- B means border. Borders of benign moles are smooth. Scallops or notches often indicate cancer.
- C stands for color. A mole should be evenly shaded throughout.
- D is diameter. Typically, moles are no larger than a pencil eraser. A larger size is a warning sign.
- E means evolution. If a mole changes in color, shape, or texture or begins to itch or bleed, this may mean skin cancer.
Additionally, skin doctors use something called the ugly duckling sign. If you have a group of moles, and one noticeably differs from the others, or changes while the others do not, you may have a skin cancer.
What you can do
Basically, be vigilant about exams. Also, Dr. Campbell Johnson recommends:
- Covering up in the hot sun
- Applying sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher)
- Staying out of the sun during peak times (between 10 am and 4 pm)
- Avoiding tanning beds
Also, please contact Dermatology Associates for a routine check-up or if you have any questions or concerns about the condition of your skin. Call for an appointment in Indianapolis: (317) 257-1484 or email at [email protected]
Scars left behind from acne, surgery, chicken pox, burns or other injuries, especially when they appear on your face, can be disfiguring physically and emotionally.
Scars are a natural part of the skin’s healing process, and most small scars fade over time to become nearly invisible. The larger and more severe the skin damage and the longer it takes to heal, however, the more prominent the scar will be. If the appearance of a scar bothers you, a visit to your dermatologist may be in order.
Today, dermatologists offer many cosmetic treatment options that can significantly reduce the appearance of large, raised scars. Although scars cannot be eliminated entirely, modern cosmetic techniques can significantly minimize their visibility for an improved appearance.
Leading cosmetic dermatology options include:
- Dermabrasion: A technique that involves removing the upper layer of the skin, allowing new skin to regenerate.
- Laser scar removal: Using a high-energy light, a dermatologist can remove or reshape disfigured scar tissue. Different types of laser scar removal are used for different types of scarring.
- Microdermabrasion: A non-chemical, non-invasive procedure that applies microscopic crystals. This gently exfoliates and smooths the outermost layer of dead skin cells, revealing younger, healthier looking skin.
- Chemical peels: Typically administered as a facial peel, this treatment involves applying an acid solution to remove and smooth the scarred outer layers of skin.
- Topical cream, gel or ointment: Special creams can be applied directly to a scar to soften the tissue and promote healing.
In some cases, more than one treatment, or a combination of procedures, may be recommended to attain your optimal results. Your dermatologist can help you determine the best treatment for your specific goals and degree of scarring.
If you are concerned about the appearance of your scars, visit your dermatologist. Most scarring is highly treatable by an expert. We can assess the scar, review treatment options, and help you select the most effective therapy for significantly reducing your scars’ visibility.
Patients are frequently searching for new ways to freshen and renew the appearance of their skin. One of the most popular dermatological options offered at Dermatology Associates in Batesville, Tipton, and Indianapolis, IN is called microdermabrasion. It can help you with many of the aesthetic concerns you have with your skin.
Microdermabrasion is a dermatological treatment that removes layers of the skin so that new healthy skin cells can replace them. Tiny crystals are released over the skin that gently shed old skin cells. Sometimes called a “lunchtime peel,” it is commonly used to rejuvenate the appearance of the face and provides results in about 30 minutes. After your appointment, you can go right back to work. Patients like this treatment because it doesn't require the use of chemicals, anesthesia, or invasive surgical tools. Many patients see smoother, younger-looking, more evenly toned skin after just one or two sessions.
What Is It Used for?
Regular microdermabrasion sessions (about six visits at two-week intervals) with your Batesville, Tipton, or Indianapolis, IN dermatologist, will ensure the best results. This skin treatment is used to resolve the following common problems:
- sun damaged skin (including sun spots)
- scarring and discoloration
- thick, tough, leathery skin
- wrinkles and lines around the eyes, mouth, and nose
- whiteheads and blackheads
Can Microdermabrasion Help You?
Your dermatologist Dr. Sonya Campbell Johnson, and esthetician, Shar Ellison can help you determine if microdermabrasion is a good option for you at your initial consultation. Generally, people with all types of skin (including all ranges of skin tones) can benefit from microdermabrasion. If you have an active skin infection or rash, this should be cleared up before treatment.
See a Dermatologist for Skin Rejuvenation
You should love the way your skin looks and feel confident about your appearance. Microdermabrasion could help you improve the look and feel of your skin after just a few sessions without the need for surgical procedures. Call 317-257-1484 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sonya Campbell Johnson at her Batesville, Tipton, or Indianapolis, IN office.
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