How Old Is She Really? Hands Can Tell All With Signs Of Aging

By jacquelineluxe • August 31, 2011

How old is she really? Plastic surgery procedures, treatments and injections to the face will have you guessing. But, there is a way to get your “hands” on the answer. An individual’s hands are the biggest tell-all of a person’s true age. When examining the hands, the marked loss of fatty tissue results in a prominent appearance of the bones, tendons and blue (reticular) veins.

Aging skin is characterized by surface roughness, volume loss, laxity, wrinkles, brown spots, and broken blood vessels. This not only applies to the face, but also to the hands. Advances in technology now allow for safe rejuvenation of the hands, which is more difficult to treat due to increased risk of scarring.

According to New Jersey Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Brian S. Glatt of Premier Plastic Surgery, “You can get your hands on a few quick fixes.” Chemical peels or laser treatments can help improve the appearance of the hands. Lasers and light-based therapies such as intense pulse light, photodynamic therapy, q-switched lasers, and nonablative fractionated lasers (Fraxel re:store, Fraxel re:store DUAL) offer minimally invasive treatment options for rejuvenation of skin both on and off the face.

Multiple treatment sessions are necessary for these devices which improve, each to varying degrees, fine wrinkles, brown spots, texture and redness. Your laser surgeon will help you decide which laser is the most appropriate for you to optimize your results. Prominent hand veins can be successfully treated by injecting a medication into the veins (sclerotherapy) resulting in the disappearance of the injected vein.

Advances in sclerotherapy including the introduction of Asclera (polidocanol), foam sclerotherapy, and new treatment methodologies offer more comfortable and effective means of treating unsightly veins. Typically, one or two treatment sessions are required. Radiesse, calcium hydroxylapatite, can address multiple aspects of the aging hand. This injectable product restores volume to the backs of the hand while simultaneously decreasing the appearance of prominent veins, tendons, and bones resulting in a more youthful appearance.

Fat injections can give the hands a full and youthful appearance. Your surgeon will remove unwanted fat from a specific area, and then reinject selected fat cells into your hands. The procedure is done under local anesthesia and is painless with a quick recovery time.

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