June 2024

Hand Rejuvenation 101

Face and neck lifts are the most popular procedures for women in their 50s, 60s, and 70s. Reversing the signs of aging can be life-changing, making them look significantly younger. However, areas like the chest and hands can still reveal a woman's true age.

To address this, many women choose to rejuvenate their hands alongside their facelift. This simple and straightforward add-on procedure ensures that their hands also appear youthful, matching the rejuvenated look of their face and neck.

Characteristics of Aging Hands

Before and After Hand Rejuvenation

Wrinkles and Fine Lines: Over time, the skin on the hands becomes thinner and loses elasticity, revealing wrinkles, fine lines, and creases. These are especially noticeable on the back of the hands and around the knuckles.

Volume Loss: Aging results in a gradual loss of fat and collagen in the hands, giving them a hollowed or sunken appearance. This makes veins, tendons, and bones more visible, creating a bony or skeletal look.

Visible Veins and Tendons: Fat and collagen loss makes veins and tendons more prominent. This visibility, combined with volume loss, contributes to an aged appearance.

Age Spots and Pigmentation Changes: Long-term exposure to UV radiation can cause age spots, also known as brown spots or sun spots, to develop on the hands. These spots range in color from light brown to dark brown and increase in number with age.

Dryness and Rough Texture: Aging skin tends to become drier and may develop a rough or uneven texture. This results in hands that feel rough to the touch and appear dull or flaky.

Loss of Firmness and Tone: The skin on the hands may lose its firmness and tone, leading to sagging or laxity. This not only diminishes a youthful appearance but can also affect the ability to grip objects firmly.

Solutions for aging hands primarily focus on rejuvenating the skin while restoring lost volume.  

Fat Transfer For Hands

Fat transfer, or fat grafting, is a common procedure performed alongside modern facelifts. During this process, fat is harvested through liposuction, then cleansed, centrifuged, and purified before being injected back into the face to restore volume. Additionally, some of this processed fat can be injected into the back of the hands to restore volume and a youthful appearance. For hand rejuvenation, the fat is purified and refined using a filter system, creating finer components known as micro-fat and nano-fat. This extra processing ensures a smooth, lump-free result.

Beyond adding volume, the transferred fat is rich in stem cells that stimulate collagen and elastin production, making the skin thicker and more youthful. This natural cushioning effect makes tendons and veins less visible, effectively rejuvenating the hands.

If fat is not available or desired, various dermal fillers can be used as alternatives. Popular options include Radiesse, Sculptra, Restylane Lyft, Juvederm, and Vollure. These fillers can be injected with a microcannula to minimize bruising and swelling.

Texture Rejuvenation

Skin resurfacing is essential for rejuvenating the skin on the back of the hands. The most popular method is laser resurfacing, with options such as Broad Band Light (BBL) and fractionated lasers like Moxi, Fraxel, or Erbium (Profractional). These treatments address brown or age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and thin skin. Other effective skin resurfacing options include microneedling and chemical peels.

Skincare Made For Hands

Maintaining youthful hands involves medical-grade skincare and diligent use of sunscreen. Sunscreen is crucial for preventing UV damage, dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. Moisturizers are beneficial for dry and irritated skin. Bleaching creams like hydroquinone help reduce dark spots and pigmentation. Additionally, antioxidants are vital for combating inflammation and free radical damage, contributing to healthier, more youthful skin.

Rejuvenate Your Hands Today

Whether paired with a facelift or as a standalone procedure, hand rejuvenation is a highly sought-after treatment for aging women. Restore volume with fillers or fat transfer, resurface with advanced laser techniques, and maintain with medical-grade skincare. Embrace a youthful appearance from head to hands!

Schedule your consultation now and take the first step towards beautifully rejuvenated hands.

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