We often focus our anti-aging efforts on our face, but our hands may be just as likely to give away our age. That’s why many cosmetic surgeons have begun to offer hand rejuvenation by applying common non-surgical procedures for the face to the hands, reports the New York Times.
How Your Hands Age
As you age, your hands lose fat, volume and elasticity; because the skin is thinner and more translucent, you begin to see the underlying tendons and veins. Years of sun exposure cause brown spots to appear.
Luckily, cosmetic techniques can turn back the clock — even for your hands.
“The hands are a hot new area,” said Dr. Neil S. Sadick, a dermatologist in New York City. “Now that we have the face so well treated, we’re looking at the hands, neck and décolleté.”
Hand Rejuvenation Techniques
- Lasers to remove wrinkling or discoloration.
- Laser skin tightening to tighten the skin.
- Intense pulsed light or CO2 laser resurfacing too remove sun spots.
However, Dr. Sadick did not recommend surgery on the hands. He said that surgical removal of excess skin is not an option for the hands since it causes scarring and doesn’t heal well. In addition, there’s a higher risk of complications.
Dr. Amy Wechsler, a dermatologist, said the most important thing to do is to apply sunscreen to your hands.
“Treat your hands like you treat your face. People wash their hands so much these days that they’re washing off their sunscreen,” she said. Her tip? Keep a small sample size of sunscreen in your handbag and reapply after washing.