How to Rejuvenate Your Hands: Wrinkles, Volume and Texture
Hand wrinkles are not always the number one concern when it comes to anti-aging treatments. But they should be and for a good reason. That’s because the condition of your hands can give away your age in a split second. Hand wrinkles can occur alongside other tell-tale signs of getting older, such as protruding veins, ligaments, hyperpigmentation and crepey skin.
Have you noticed lately that your hands don’t look as youthful as you’d like? The great news is that you have several options to refresh their appearance. In fact, most skin-enhancing modalities you normally associate with facial treatments can be used to prevent and reverse hand wrinkles and other signs of ageing. Here’s a top list of proven procedures to help your hands look as beautiful as your complexion:
Fractional Resurfacing for Hand Wrinkles
When it comes to your hands, wrinkles you see are the static kind which means they’re not caused by muscle movement. Botox won’t do much to soften these lines the same way it can relax your frown furrows or crow’s feet. The only way to improve the appearance of hand wrinkles is by removing damaged skin and stimulating collagen synthesis with procedures such as fractional resurfacing.
Fractional resurfacing is particularly suited for rejuvenating the backs of your hands. Since this area doesn’t have oil glands any trauma or injury can take much longer to heal than anywhere else on your body. Fractional devices deploy ablative and non-ablative radiofrequency energy in a grid-like pattern, leaving microscopic points of skin untouched. As a result downtime is minimal and patients can resume their normal activities almost immediately. This non-invasive treatment is effective for addressing hand wrinkles, poor skin texture and most types of photo damage.
BBL Photorejuvenation for Dark Spots and Even Skin Tone
A common pigment complaint on the hands is age spots (some people call them liver spots). These can occur simultaneously with hand wrinkles and the best way to eradicate them is with BBL (BroadBand Light), also referred to as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) or “Photofacial” treatments. The BBL device emits multiple wavelengths, precisely targeting and removing most types of pigment from the skin.
How does BBL work exactly? Some of the light is attracted by the brown pigment. Other wavelengths are absorbed by the red pigment. Both become vaporised in the process, setting in motion a powerful healing and regenerative response in the skin. After a series of three to six BBL sessions you can expect a dramatic improvement in skin tone, reduction in pigmentation and even hand wrinkles thanks to the collagen-stimulating effects of BBL energy.
Dermal Fillers to Restore Volume and Hide Hand Veins
As we age, loss of volume in the hands can make our veins and tendons appear more pronounced and accentuate fine lines and hand wrinkles. Most people assume that not much can be done to plump the skin in this area, mostly because not many options were available until recently. With the introduction of highly specialised soft tissue fillers this has changed. Most dermal fillers contain water-binding sugar molecules in a gel medium. When injected under the skin they mask the appearance of tendons, veins and hand wrinkles. Patients can finally have hands that match their overall rejuvenated appearance.
Don’t Forget the Hand Cream
Prevention is the best medicine. This applies to your hands too. Since the hands have thinner skin with less elasticity, it’s important to moisturise and protect them from the elements. Therefore your daily beauty routine should include a good hydrating hand cream, sunblock and anti-aging serum at night.
If you’re bothered by mild pigmentation issues but you’re not quite ready for light therapies like BBL or Fractional Resurfacing (or you want a product to extend the results of these treatments) then ask your dermatologist about pigment reducing creams. They can even out your skin tone and prevent the dark spots from forming or getting worse.