When it comes to anti-aging skincare, we tend to put most of our effort into our faces. We tend to forget about an area of skin that gives away our true age: the hands. It’s true that people aren’t going to look at your hands quite as much as they’ll look at your face, but there are few other areas that are as frequently exposed as your hands. In fact, your hands are often visible, even during the harshest of New York winters!hand rejuvenation treatment
The skin on the hands is thinner and more delicate than the skin on the face. With age, the amount of fat padding below the skin on the top of the hands decreases, making unsightly veins and tendons more prominent. Sun damage causes uneven skin tone, age spots, wrinkles, and generally older looking hands.
There are three main focuses on treating aging hands:
Q-switched lasers including the Q-switched Alexandrite or Nd-Yag are utilized to break up the pigment particles using pulse formations. The continuous wave of pulses target melanin, the primary determinant to cause dark pigmentation in the skin, and leaves behind a more youthful and even-toned skin appearance. The amount of melanin in the skin and the desired results of the patient will determine how many treatment sessions are required.
During the natural aging process, collagen and elastin fibers begin to break down and the process is accelerated from overexposure to the sun. It is easy to recognize signs of aging in the hands because there is a very small amount of fat that naturally lies on the backs of hands, so even when a small amount is lost, it becomes noticeable. Skin can appear wrinkly, crinkly and crepe-like with noticeable bulging veins that may appear larger over time. Along with the texture and fat differences that occur, the skin may seem translucent and sun exposure can result in age spots or liver spots. Sunscreen is the best way to avoid having to deal with early aging hands, although hand aging is inevitable.
A hand lift in Manhattan can be the solution to this hard-to-avoid problem. The procedure only lasts ten minutes and uses fillers to plump the skin and give it a more youthful appearance, resembling that of a natural fat layer. NYC board-certified dermatologic surgeon, Dr. Rokhsar would administer a filler such as Radiesse, Juvederm, Sculptra or Perlane under the first layer of skin. Fillers can be used in addition to Thermage, thermal treatment for tightening the skin or even one of Dr. Rokhsar’s Q-switched lasers to remove pigment spots, leaving behind a smoother more youthful complexion in the hand. Surgical removal of excess skin is not a viable option for the hands because of the possible interference with tendons and because of its impracticality. Using fillers and laser or thermal treatments can more effectively treat the skin with the least amount of pain or downtime.
Fraxel is a very effective way to penetrate the layers of the skin to encourage collagen regrowth. This collagen will replace a lot of the elasticity that was lost from the natural aging process. It usually takes around three to five sessions to remove spots and tighten skin, all depending on the amount of aging the hands have endured.
There is also an extensive collection of topical treatment options. Dr. Rokhsar recommends any of the products made by Skin Labs MD (http://www.skinlabsmd.com/) because they utilize natural ingredients to promote skin recovery and restoration while encouraging moisture retention.
At some point, you may have noticed that the skin on your hands looks old or worn out. Our hands are involved in almost every activity we perform in our daily lives. We tend to forget about the skin on our hands until it becomes glaringly obvious. Why do the hands show so many signs of aging? The skin on the hands is thinner and more delicate than the skin on the face. As we age there is decreased fat padding in the hands, causing wrinkles and ‘crepey’ looking hands. Years of sun damage causes uneven skin tone, age spots, wrinkles, and generally old-looking hands.
There are three main focuses for treating aged, old looking hands:
–Replacing volume: Injectable fillers such as Radiesse or Sculptra can be used on the hands to replace volume. By adding volume, they cover hand veins and smooth wrinkles.
–Removing spots: Uneven skin tone on the hands can be effectively treated with lasers. Fraxel:Dual is a laser commonly used on hands. Fraxel:Dual works deep within the skin to smooth texture, zap wrinkles, and remove hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage. The result is smooth, younger-looking hands with even skin tone!
*Results may vary.
–Preventing future damage: Hand creams hydrate the skin and temporarily improve skin texture. Creams are not very effective for hand wrinkles, nor will they hide veins or replace volume. They are an important factor in your skincare routine for maintaining moisture and preventing further sun damage. It is best to use a moisturizer/cream with broad-spectrum UV protection.
You don’t have to wait to get treated for your hands. With non-surgical, filler-based treatments, your hands can look more youthful, with no downtime. Most of Dr. Rokhsar’s patients see visible changes, although individual results may vary.
To get some of the best hand rejuvenation2 in New York, contact Dr. Cameron Rokhsar today. When you contact us you can schedule a confidential consultation, during which you can discuss your desired results and the best way to achieve them.
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1 Hand Rejuvenation: What You Need to Know. Available: https://www.realself.com/nonsurgical/hand-rejuvenation.
2 Hand rejuvenation: a review and our experience. Available: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22268976/.