As the years pass, skin on the hands thins, causing veins to become more prominent and liver spots to appear. Skin color, texture and volume changes on aging hands can look “out of place” when face, neck and body youthfulness is maintained or restored. While make-up can disguise signs of aging on the face, it’s more difficult with hands, which is why it’s often said that hands are the best indicator of age. Cosmetic surgery clinics have reported an 18 percent increase in the number of anti-aging hand procedures performed.
- Laser-light and laser-resurfacing treatments decrease brown spots and balance sun-associated discolorations, but produce a reorganization of the collagen layers of your own skin and result in a fresher, more rejuvenated appearance. Chemical peels can help to both exfoliate the damaged outer layer of skin as well as lighten dark pigmentation of the hands associated with the effects of the sun.
- Liposuction and fat grafting restores the loss of volume using one’s own fat. This technique of restoring volume to the hands can be achieved by the gentle harvesting and preparation of fat and associated stem cells – through specialized liposuction from the torso or lower extremities – and the transfer of these fat cells as fat grafts to the hands. There is evidence that stem cells are also present when performing autologous fat grafts, which leads to both volume and more superficial improvements of the hands.
- Natural age prevention: Since our hands are exposed to the sun more frequently than other parts of the body, make sure that you apply sunblock with an SPF of 30 or higher with broad-band UVA and UVB protection to the hands regularly as you do the face so your hands aren’t susceptible to sun spots and accelerated aging.
As every individual’s needs are unique, a personal assessment by a board-certified plastic surgeon is recommended to evaluate and discuss the benefits and alternatives of a variety of non-surgical and surgical techniques for hand rejuvenation.