With the exception of the face, hands are the most expressive and visible portion of the body. We use our hands to greet one another, to enhance verbal communication through gestures and to offer comfort. Attention to the aesthetic appearance of the hands has increased in recent years. Aged-looking hands are often a tip-off to having had facial cosmetic surgery! And according to a recent study, most people can accurately tell a person’s age by viewing only their hands.
What changes do we see as the hands age? Sunspots often appear as well as greater prominence of the vein and tendons. There may be fine wrinkles and textural changes. This occurs due to thinning of the skin and fat layer.
What can be done to improve the appearance of aged hands? A variety of topical regimens can help such as alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids, retinols, antioxidants, growth factors and peptides. These may improve rough skin and fine lines but sunscreen is most important to prevent further sun damage to the hands. Chemical peels can also help and a variety of lasers and light sources are available to remove sunspots and wrinkles. To make veins and tendons less noticeable, various fillers can be injected under the skin to restore lost volume. These include one’s own fat, hyaluronic acids, calcium hydroxyapatite and poly-L-lactic acid.
Today there are very effective means available to improve the appearance of aged hands. Most of these treatments have minimal downtime and side effects. Cosmetic harmony between the hands and face can once again be achieved!
Before and After Radiesse Injections