Like the rest of our bodies, hands show signs of aging that may include brown spots, thinning skin, wrinkles, and large veins. If you’ve recently had surgical or even non-surgical cosmetic work done to achieve a younger you, there a few simple procedures that can make your hands match your new youthful appearance.
The most telltale sign of aging hands are referred to as age spots or brown spots, as a result of overexposure to the sun. Sunspots are large, flat, brown, freckle-like circular spots, often with irregular borders that vary in size. This is due to an over-production of melanin in the skin’s effort to protect itself from the UV light. As we age, our hands become thinner as the natural fat pads on the backs of the hand fade. The sun accelerates this loss of fat tissue and skin elasticity. This results in wrinkled, discolored skin, making the veins more prominent and distinguishable.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is the simplest way to treat sun damage. The IPL machine sends light through the skin, which is absorbed by the melanocytes. These pigmented cells are destroyed and eventually slough off through natural skin cell turnover. This is a relatively inexpensive, painless and non-invasive procedure. It typically requires several sessions.
With age and sun damage, the skin of the hands may also begin to atrophy, leaving hands with a bony appearance. Dermal fillers are an alternative to fat grafts for adding volume to the back of the hand. These products are commonly used in other parts of the body, especially the face, and can be employed with minimal discomfort and virtually no down time. To help minimize swelling, the hands are elevated and cold compresses are applied for 48 hours. Under normal conditions, regular activity can be resumed almost immediately thereafter.