WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT THOSE AGING HANDS?


We’ve all seen it before, a young face, with old looking hands – the dead give away to a person’s age. The tell tale signs: wrinkled skin, brown spots, protruding veins, tendons and bones . . . An aging appearance is no longer measured just by facial lines and furrows, sagging jowls or waddle necks. As the public becomes more tuned to aesthetics, the appearance of the upper surface of one’s hands increasingly comes into play.

Why the Years Are Unkind to Our Hands

As we age, the fatty layer of our hands gradually thins. Our hands lose volume, fat and elasticity. As a result, the skin becomes more translucent and wrinkled, causing underlying structures as bones and veins to become more apparent. The elements of sun, wind and rain also are unkind to our hands. Hands constantly exposed to the sun develop brown spots. The drying effects of the elements cause further skin wrinkles.

 What’s a Person to Do?

Many surgical and non-surgical treatments are available to rejuvenate both facial and body features. What solutions can science offer us for aging hands? Let’s start with the basics.

Protect your hands from the elements by wearing gloves during times of inclement weather.

Apply sunscreen, ideally SPF 50,  to your hands several times during the day. Remember, each time you wash your hand, you are also washing away the protective sunscreen. So carry a small size sunscreen in your purse and reapply it often.

Moisturize your hands as well as your face with a good quality moisturizer.

Get rid of age spots:

Prescriptive strength hydroquinone or Retin-A help erase signs of hyperpigmentation. If these products don’t do the trick, lasers would be the next step up in treatments.

Get rid of the translucent, shriveled appearance of the skin on the top of your hands:

Dermal fillers  – synthetic ones such as Radiesse, Juvederm or Perlane or non-synthetic ones and non-synthetic ones as the patient’s own fat – are one viable solution. Injected under the first layer of the skin to plump it up in a 5-to-10-minute procedure, fillers work very well, but must be repeated as their effects diminish over time. A second solution is energy driven devices as intense pulsed light, Fraxel or CO2 laser resurfacing.

What about surgical hand lifts?

Can excess skin be surgically removed? Not anytime soon. For one thing, hand surgery is likely to causes obvious scarring. Secondly, hands pose a greater risk of complications. And beautiful hands would be a poor trade off for hands that don’t function as they should. In an earlier article I wrote about Madonna’s Eyes – how young and beautiful they appear.  But have you noticed that she often wears fingerless gloves during her performances – most likely to hide her less-than-young-looking hands?

Can’t science do something more for aging hands? Not at the moment, but never say “Never”.  Advances in cosmetic surgery are driven by demand, and hand rejuvenation is a hot new topic.

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Lois W. Stern

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3 thoughts on “WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT THOSE AGING HANDS?

    • So glad you are noticing. Thank you! I will try to send you a private message with more detail.

      Very best,
      Lois W. Stern

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