When thinking about rejuvenation, people often forget that hands should be given attention to as well. As we age, just like with our facial skin, the skin of our hands start to thin as the collagen thins. When the skin thins, we start to see the veins and tendons become more prominent which gives a more aged appearance. Because of previous sun exposure, brown spots start to form as well, which also gives a more aged appearance. Fortunately, there are treatments that can easily be done to rejuvenate the hands.
Topically, there are important treatments that should be done to help prevent further damage as well as maintain the skin’s youthful appearance once other procedures have been done to rejuvenate the hands. The most important topical is sunscreen. The sun ages the skin significantly, so just as you protect your face from the sun with a sunscreen of at least SPF 30, the hands should be protected as well with daily sunscreen use. Other topical treatments, such as vitamin C and hydroquinone, can also be used to help maintain thicker collagen as well as clearing the skin of brown spots caused by the sun.
Lasers, such as the fotofacial laser, or intense pulsed light (IPL), can be used to treat brown spots on the hands. Ideally, 3 treatments are done about a month apart. This is a quick, relatively painless procedure with no downtime. After each treatment, expect the brown spots to darken a little (looks like coffee grounds) before they lighten up. A side benefit of the IPL is that with regular treatments, it stimulates collagen-making cells so that skin can appear more youthful over time.
Fillers can also be used to rejuvenate the hands. As mentioned above, as we age, the skin on our hands become thinner making the veins and tendons more prominent and therefore, giving a more aged appearance. Fillers, such as Restylane Lyft, can be safely injected right underneath the skin. This provides a layer over the tendons and veins to give a smoother, more youthful appearance.
Next time, when visiting your dermatologist to discuss options for facial rejuvenation, don’t forget to ask about your hands as well!