It’s a fact that women’s hands age faster than men’s do. Why is this? One reason is that they tend to spend more time in the car. How much time have you spent running the kids to and from school, driving around doing errands, taking the kids to various extracurricular activities, and so on. Because of this, moms may be getting inadvertent sun exposure that leads to sunspots and age spots, loss of volume, and much more.
Even if you aren’t a mom, studies show that women tend to forget to take care of their hands when caring for their skin. The scary part? A woman’s hands are the tale-tell sign of her age. This means that even if you’ve spent all the money in the world on keeping your face as youthful as possible, your hands are letting everyone know your true age – a woman’s worst nightmare!
Aging of the hands usually beings in mid 40’s or 50’s with discoloration and age spots. But, hands can begin to show signs of aging much earlier if they are frequently exposed to the sun without adequate protection. In addition, by the 50’s, most people begin to lose volume in their hands with lead to more noticeable veins and tendons.
So, what can you do to keep your hands looking youthful or reverse the signs of aging that has already taken place? Dr. Brian Kerr of Silk Touch Med Spa and Laser Center offers handy tips on how to keep your hands as young you feel.
Safeguard Hands From Damaging Sun
You’ve heard it before – sunscreen, sunscreen, and sunscreen! Even in the winter. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher. Reapply several times throughout the day, especially after you’ve washed your hands a few times. In addition to applying sunscreen, try to find hand cream with SPF protectant and keep a tube in your purse, car or desk.
Before you head out shopping for new sunscreen, check out our blog Everything you need to know about sunscreen.
Topicals Offer Mild Improvement/Prevention
For women in their late 30s or early 40s, topicals containing glycolic acid or antioxidants are an inexpensive way to stimulate repair from sun damage on their hands. However, topicals must be started early before damage is too extensive.
Hydroquinone, tretinoin and retinoids cannot completely reverse signs of aging hands, but these topicals can be used to improve the skin and prevent further damage.
We carry various products that can help, including products from our Silk Touch Rx Line. Call us at 208-939-3110 or stop by our new location – our staff will be happy to show you which products will work best for you.
Fillers, such as Juvederm, Artefill or Radiesse are a fantastic way to restore fullness in the hands. They add volume to the back of the hand, lifting and shaping the skin. Ultimately diminishing the appearance of the veins and tendons, leaving you with smoother, more youthful looking hands.
Fillers can be done in the office in under an hour and requires no anesthesia. Results are immediate and depending on the filler can last for a year or more. Artefill, is the newest long-lasting filler to hit the market and results have shown to last up to 7 years! Even better, where fillers used to leave you with bruises for weeks on end, new instruments used to administer filers have improved over the years. New cannulas with blunt tips now help to reduce temporary bruising.
In addition to fillers, in some circumstances – such a when a patient is already scheduled for liposuction – hands can be rejuvenated using fat transfer. A patient’s fat can be used to build volume in the hand. During this procedure, fat is injected into the hand to rebuild the lost shape.
Treating Texture and Pigment Changes
These treatments can treat uneven skin tone and texture, as well as age-related pigmentation changes such as age spots or liver spots. Fractionated lasers, such as non-ablative Affirm or ablative Co2s are widely used to rejuvenate the face, improve skin tone and smooth fine lines on the hand by precisely targeting small sections of the deep layers of skin. The surrounding skin is left untreated to help stimulate healing.
Depending on the patient, three to six treatments may be needed for best results. Following treatment, the skin will turn red for about a week to 10 days and improvement in the appearance of the hand will increase gradually over time.
Pigment-specific lasers are used to treat dark brown spots on the hand by delivering a beam of light that penetrates the skin’s surface. Following treatment, brown spots appear darker for about a week then they will scab, fall off, and then turn pink as the skin begins to heal. One to two treatments may be needed to improve pigmentation problems.
Time for Rejuvenation
It is never to late to start taking care of your hands. If you would like to explore the different ways we can help reverse signs of aging on your hands, call us to set up a free consultation. Just give us a call at 208-939-3110. Alternatively, you can request an appointment online.
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