Just like on your face, your hands can begin to show signs of aging like skin laxity, wrinkling, loss of volume, and uneven pigmentation. This aging may make you feel uncomfortable wearing jewelry or getting your nails done. There are several treatments available to give you more youthful hands, and the one chosen for you will depend on several factors, including your personal preferences and the extent of aging being treated.
These procedures do not require special preparation. Avoid taking any blood thinners like aspirin, ibuprofen, or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for at least one week prior to your treatment. If you are in good general health, concerned about the appearance of your hands as you age, and not taking medication that thins your blood, you may be a good candidate for hand rejuvenation.
Microdermabrasion uses a fine abrasive material to exfoliate dead skin and stimulate the production of collagen. This process helps provide a more even tone and firmer skin. There is no recovery or downtime required. One or more microdermabrasion treatments may be necessary for optimal results.
IPL (intense pulsed light) remains the gold standard for pigment removal and small vessel closure. Pigment cells in the skin absorb the broadband light energy, which causes them to heat up and be destroyed. IPL can also help provide a smoother skin texture. These treatments work best when performed alongside microdermabrasion treatments.
Chemical peels use different acidic solutions to remove pigment, stimulate collagen production, and improve skin elasticity. These peels can be used alone or in combination with other treatments.
Laser skin resurfacing technology can improve skin texture, reduce wrinkles, and correct pigmentation issues, promoting beautiful, healthy, and more youthful skin. During treatment, laser energy targets both the damaged skin at the surface and the aging collagen in the deeper layers. Microscopic wounds are made in the treatment area, stimulating the body’s natural healing processes, encouraging the production of new collagen and elastin, and improving skin firmness and elasticity.
Injectable dermal fillers are ideal for restoring lost volume. Two fillers ideal for hand rejuvenation are Sculptra® Aesthetic (poly-L-lactic acid) and Restylane® Lyft™. The chosen product is injected into the back of the hand to restore volume loss due to aging.
These treatments require little to no downtime. While the side effects will depend on the procedure(s) performed, pain, swelling, redness, and bruising are among the most common. These symptoms are usually temporary and should resolve within a few days. You will be given specific aftercare instructions after your treatment.
Generally, the skin on your hands will look younger and feel firmer. Age spots may be faded, and the appearance of tendons and veins will be reduced. The results of your treatment can be prolonged by maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes proper sun protection.