Aside from our faces, our hands are one of the biggest betrayers of advancing age. As we get older, the skin on our hands often becomes thinner, drier, and more prone to lines and wrinkles. Exposed to the elements, including the sun, many people develop age spots, also known as hyperpigmentation. You may notice that you lose fat from the backs of your hands and wrists, and this can make veins and tendons appear more prominent.
Although the appearance of older hands doesn’t usually cause any physical problems, it does affect the way that many people feel about how they look. Fortunately, there is an effective anti-aging solution for the hands. Also known as a ‘hand lift’, hand rejuvenation is becoming an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure, particularly amongst women.
What is Hand Rejuvenation?
Hand rejuvenation is the name given to a group of treatments that are designed to eliminate the signs of aging that affect the hands. There are numerous different treatments to choose from depending on exactly what issues you want to address. For example, if you have prominent veins, you may choose to undergo laser ablation which is a minimally invasive surgery to remove them so that they are no longer visible. Alternatively, if you have lost volume you may be a good candidate for hyaluronic acid fillers which are placed under the skin to promote new collagen and elastin production and reshapes the hands. You may also wish to consider a fat transfer, which is a permanent alternative to fillers. Meanwhile, IPL therapy is a popular hand rejuvenation technique for addressing age spots. Your cosmetic surgeon will work with you to find the best hand rejuvenation treatments for your needs.
What are the Benefits of Hand Rejuvenation?
There are many different benefits associated with hand rejuvenation procedures. These include the following:
Restored Volume in Your Hands
Many rejuvenation treatments will restore the natural volume of youthful hands, preventing the bones, joints, and veins from being prominent.
Tighter, Smoother Skin
When you lose volume in your hands, the skin becomes looser as well as thinner. Many hand rejuvenation techniques tighten up the skin, minimizing the appearance of lines and wrinkles and making the skin on your hands look smoother and more youthful.
Better Tone and Texture
Over the years, our hands are exposed to many environmental toxins from pollution to UV radiation from the sun. Hand rejuvenation can minimize and eliminate areas of hyperpigmentation that can cause the skin to look older.
Most hand-rejuvenation procedures can be performed with only a local anesthetic or even no anesthetic at all. This eliminates the risks associated with a general anesthetic and makes them outpatient appointments that you can go home after.
Unsurprisingly, the biggest benefit of hand rejuvenation is the improvement in your confidence that you will experience. We use our hands all the time and it can be difficult or impossible to hide them. When you’ve undergone hand rejuvenation, you won’t be able to wait to show off your new, smoother, younger-looking hands.
To learn more about the benefits of hand rejuvenation, contact Jaime R. Garza MD, Texas Plastic Surgery in San Antonio, TX at (210) 981-4490.