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Treatments for Aging Hands

Aging Hands

Before and After Photos - Treatments for Aging Hands
No matter how well a person takes care of his/her face, aging will show in two places: neck/decollete and hands.  Using sunblock creams regularly (as you should be doing on your face!) is an important preventative measure to combat the signs of aging. Once sun damage has occurred there are several solutions available to help erase the resulting sunspots and wrinkling of the skin.  It is imperative that following any treatment you abstain from exposing your skin to direct sunlight or tanning booths.  Again, the use of daily sunblock is a must!

What are the signs of aging hands?

Sunspots (brown spots) are the most conspicuous sign of sun damaged skin on the hands.  Loss of fat is another sign of aging hands and will show as "skeletal hands" (tendons showing on the tops of the hands).  Wrinkled skin is, of course, a sign as well. 

Treatments for Aging Hands

Fillers:

Fillers can be injected under the skin to plumb up the wrinkled skin and give back the fullness of the hands. The best filler for this procedure currently is Radiesse. The injections are easy and fast (about 20 minutes total). Some swelling and bruising can be expected, although abstaining from blood thinners such as aspirin and Ibuprofen-based products for a few days prior to your appointment will help reduce the amount of bruising you experience. Usually 2 large syringes of Radiesse are required (one per hand).

Skin Resurfacing (see Skin Resurfacing Procedures)

Photorejuvenation of the hands: Also called IPL (intense pulsed light) and LHE (light & heat energy), photorejuvenation can be used on the hands to smooth out wrinkles and remove sunspots. Several treatments are required at 3 weeks intervals. The Sciton laser can also be used on the hands with great results, through a combination of MicroLaserPeel and ProFractional treatments. Two to 3 treatments are usually required at 6 to 8 weeks intervals.

Chemical Peels: Superficial peels can be used on the hands (TCA 20%) to treat the sunspots. The skin will turn brown for several days and the peeling process is usually over in less than a week.

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