Hands often betray our age. Sunlight, the elements and the natural aging process all contribute to the development of brown spots known as age spots, fine lines and wrinkles and precancerous growths. Thinning of the skin and loss of fatty tissue create a bony, hollowed look and reveal large, unsightly veins on the back of the hands.
Although there are many rejuvenating procedures and topical products for the face, up until recently there were relatively few treatments for the hands. Fortunately, there are now several new procedures that can restore the hands to a more youthful appearance.
The key to success in hand rejuvenation is to understand what makes the hands look older and plan the treatments and a maintenance program that allows you to recover fast with great long lasting results.
What makes the hands look older?
Hands get more use and less care than the face
Hands get as much sun exposure but not as much sunscreen as the face
Gradual loss of fat and collagen in the hands leads to thinning and wrinkling of the skin
Large veins and tendons become more apparent
Age spots, dryness and precancerous lesions may develop
What treatments can make the hands look younger?
Skin care products
Broad-spectrum sunscreen should be used daily to prevent any further sun damage.
Use a sunscreen that contains excellent UVA blocking agents in addition to UVB. Look for avobenzone (Parsol 1789), Helioplex or Mexoryl in the list of ingredients.
SPF 30 is sufficient for the cold months of the year, but in the spring or summer SPF 50 or higher is preferred.
Moisturizing creams containing humectants like hyaluronic acid, urea or glycerin help lock in water and hydrate the skin.
Topical preparations containing 2-4% hydroquinone help fade brown spots
Alpha hydroxyl acids and retinoids also help fade age spots, and they increase collagen production in the skin. They also help remove dead skin cells from the surface, revealing smoother, more even-toned skin.
Prescription retinoids, like tretinoin (Renova, Retin A) or tazarotene (Avage) work best to improve sun damage and increase collagen.
Broad Band Light (BBL, IPL)
Broad Band Light, a form of IPL is a noninvasive light treatment requiring little to no downtime that produces luminous, younger looking skin.
Also known as Photo Rejuvenation, this treatment delivers Intense Pulsed Light (IPL or BBL) energy through the skin’s surface to treat age spots, sun-induced freckles and dilated capillaries.
BBL treats the damaged superficial layer of the skin, while delivering heat energy to deeper tissue. This deeper heating helps firm and tighten the skin by increasing collagen production.
Before and After Photo Rejuvenation of Hands
Thinning of the skin and loss of fatty tissue can give a prematurely aged appearance to the hands.
Soft tissue fillers, also known as “injectables" or "dermal fillers," are the most popular non-surgical treatment for replacing lost volume and treating lines, creases and wrinkles to help restore a more youthful and radiant appearance.
Soft tissue fillers that work best for hands
Before and After Radiesse Injection into Hands
Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing
Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing is an excellent choice for removing sun damaged skin, including discoloration, wrinkles and fine lines. Other benefits include improvement in tone, texture and skin tightening, with minimal downtime.
This procedure creates thousands of tiny “wells” through the top layers of skin, causing immediate contraction of existing collagen and formation of new collagen in the deeper layers of the skin. Because entire layers of skin are NOT removed, healing occurs quickly.
SkinTyteTM is a Broad Band Light device that delivers gentle pulses of heat deep into the skin, which causes some immediate tissue tightening and triggers new collagen production. As new collagen forms, it produces a tightening and firming effect that helps to strengthen the skin and make it more resilient.
For more information on specific hand rejuvenating techniques, please visit the individual procedure pages on our website.
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