By Mary N. DiZazzo


Ciao bella,

Dermatologists have always concentrated on our skin and improving it. Increasingly we are all aware of our age and how old we look. It’s a sign of the times. But other visible areas of the body where Mother Nature has daunted our world is getting noticed and frowned upon (oh no-more wrinkles)! Those areas are the décolleté, neck and hands. So importantly and sometimes often neglected are our hands. I tell all my clients that “magic” Mary's manicures for one session are not enough! Hands reveal one’s age second to the face and, as in facial aging, discoloration of the skin, fine lines and loss of plumpness can make hands look older.

A dermatologist can recommend “Sclerotherapy” to improve hands increasing their volume. It is a treatment that can help minimize thick hand veins and that alone will improve the appearance of the hands. This treatment is a non-surgical procedure that will permanently remove unwanted veins. It is the number one practice for the treatment of spider veins. It is relatively inexpensive with far better results compared to pricey laser treatment.

Sclerotherapy is also used on the body other than legs for the breasts and face.

To help prevent or slow the progression of aging hands, daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, avoid excessive sun, tanning salons and using retinoids.

So as I wave goodbye to all my old habits I realize that Mother Nature has not taken over yet and I still have a fighting chance to save myself from it all. Cheers to the dermatologists! Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America!

--Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull

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