Like anything that evolves with time, age can cause signs of wear and tear to develop on our bodies. When the face starts to sag, cosmetic procedures like the facelift or fillers can help. When your belly starts accumulating stubborn fat, liposuction or CoolSculpting might be your solution. One commonly treated and highly visible area of the body that can show sign aging is the hands. Wrinkles, protruding veins, and dry skin are all signs that your hands have started aging, and it’s something that not many of us are happy to see at first. However, like anything else with cosmetic procedures, you can improve the appearance of even your hands.
One of the more common ways to maintain a more youthful look in your hands is dermal fillers. After being used for years on the face, they have become more common to also use on the hands. Hyaluronic acid is the main ingredient naturally found in our bodies, and we produce less as we age. These fillers add immediate volume to your hands just below your skin. Something to remember is that fillers require multiple sessions to keep the results. Different fillers include Juvederm, Radiesse, and Restylane, so be sure to talk to your surgeon to determine which will give you the results you are looking for.
Fat grafting has also become a popular way to increase volume and firmness to other areas of your body, such as breasts or buttocks. While it is commonly used to increase the size of a body part, this procedure can also add youth to your hands by restoring lost volume and fullness. Fat grafting can be a more permanent hand procedure to add full contours to the area. The fingers, for example, can be rejuvenated with injections up to the knuckle area to add volume.
Another standard rejuvenation procedure for hands is laser treatments. Lasers can be used to treat blemishes and are perfect for may of the brown spots that can be found on hands as we age. Laser skin resurfacing removes the outer layer of skin, which is damaged by sun exposure or premature photoaging from other UV sources. The heat generated in the tissue from laser resurfacing stimulates collagen and elastin production for firmer skin.
Those who make ideal candidates are non-smokers who are in good health and would like their hands to appear younger. These procedures are generally performed on an outpatient basis and tend to have a short recovery time, depending on the treatment. Directly after the procedure, you should expect swelling, bruising, and possible stiffness. If you choose to have a fat transfer, then you may be required to use compression garments during recovery.
Hands can be enhanced to look younger and fuller with a smoother appearance free of any spots. Talk to your surgeon to see if hand rejuvenation is in your future.