Hands can reveal a lot about a person and they are also one of the first parts of the body to show signs of ageing. They are often paid less attention to in a skincare regimen but are an easy giveaway of your age. And with all that effort given to your face, why not show the same care to your hands to maintain a youthful look?
Today, new techniques in hand rejuvenation allow doctors to remove tell-tale signs of ageing – wrinkly skin, prominent veins and dark spots. If you’re already taking excellent care of your face to look younger, your hands should also be telling the same story.
What cause our hands to age?
Ageing hands are due to a loss of soft tissue volume, making the skin thinner and results in the veins and tendons in the hands to become more visible. As collagen production slows down over the years, the skin loses collagen and elastin and contributes to the hands getting a “sunken” look.
The thin and fragile skin on the hands is also subjected to constant sun exposure, repeated friction and effects of external environments such as air conditioning and drying household products. This makes the hands more susceptible to the appearance of age spots, sun damage and premature wrinkles.
A good tip is to use sunscreen on your hands too to protect against the sun’s harmful rays. Aside from your face, apply it generously on your hands and forearms to help delay photo-ageing effects and sun spots to appear.
For an added boost in hand rejuvenation, there are 3 cosmetic treatments you should know about that can keep the ageing signs at bay.
Chemical peels can help to improve the tone, texture and surface of the skin, ultimately reducing the signs of ageing on your hands. They can be applied in varying concentrations of acids to exfoliate the outer layer of the skin, lighten dark spots and treat wrinkles on the hands by stimulating collagen production.
Injectable dermal fillers are commonly used in facial rejuvenation, but they’re not only beneficial as face or cheek fillers. If you have saggy, loose skin with prominent veins and tendons, this can be improved with Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane Lyft that can restore volume to the hands and deliver natural-looking results. Another popular face filler is the Juvederm, which can fill in the soft tissues of the dermis layer of the hands and retain Hyaluronic acid, a natural substance in the skin to increase skin elasticity and thickness.
Laser treatments are not only beneficial for facial rejuvenation or skin concerns like acne scars; they can also tackle ageing signs on the hands. The Q-switched Nd: YAG laser, for example, can treat pigmentation and sun spots with minimal downtime. Laser energy is absorbed by the pigments and broken into smaller fragments before being cleared away by the body. Another laser treatment is the Infini, which delivers laser energy to stimulate deep collagen and reduce wrinkles, sagging skin and pigmentation removal.
These hand rejuvenation treatments can be combined and used to complement each other to achieve the best results for you. Talk to our doctors today on how to reverse the signs of ageing on your hands.