When women consider an area for aesthetic improvement, they usually focus on their face. However, your hands are one of the most “tell tale” sites of aging – and are so often ignored or forgotten! As we age, the skin on the back of the hands becomes thinner and almost translucent. Brown spots begin to appear. Tendons, veins and joints begin to protrude through the skin. These changes occur slowly over time and are secondary to years of sun exposure, in addition to the loss of collagen and elastin. Combating the aging process takes more than just an over-the-counter hand cream. The latest anti-aging medical advancements have given us a set of procedures that promise a dramatic and immediate improvement.
Microphlebectomy is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to treat bulging veins in the hand. During this procedure, tiny incisions are made over the bulging vein and a special instrument is used to remove the vein through the opening in the skin. The vein treatment itself usually takes less than an hour. Recovery is rapid with patients promptly returning to normal activities following the procedure. Most patients experience little to no scarring with excellent clinical and cosmetic results.
Cosmetic Filler injections with Radiesse immediately plump up and replenish the volume to the back of the hands to provide a supple and youthful appearance. Placed beneath the skin, Radiesse raises the skin level so that veins, tendons and joints lose their prominence. Because Radiesse provides a scaffolding for collagen-building, the skin is kept feeling soft, natural and smooth. Using cosmetic fillers for hand rejuvenation is a simple and easy in-office procedure that usually takes 30 minutes. There is no downtime required and the results are seen immediately.
In addition to these advanced procedures, another useful and essential practice to keep the hands youthful in appearance is the use of sunscreen with an SPF of 30. Many of us neglect our hands when applying sunscreen or immediately wash our hands after an application leaving them susceptible to the harmful rays. Without protection, sun damaged skin will begin to show as freckles or “age spots” which can be unsightly. Sunscreens usually contain emollients, like lanolin, which coat the skin for smoothness, and humectants such as glycerins, which attract and bind with moisture to keep skin hydrated. Some sunscreens even contain antioxidants (such as vitamin C or E), which will help prevent cell damage and the unwanted age spots.
Any of these simple techniques can reverse the aging process and can give your hands a younger, refreshed look! Don’t let your hands give away your age – speak with your practitioner today to find out which options are best for you!