Yes, you heard that right…we’re talking about “Hand Lifts”, otherwise known has hand rejuvenation or hand enhancement. It only makes sense as hands are one of the first places where the telltale signs of aging become apparent. Even if you’ve taken steps to keep your face and neck skin looking young and healthy, sun-damaged, wrinkled hands can still give your age away in an instant.
As we age, our hands lose firmness and volume and begin to look bony and fragile. The skin thins overtime giving the hands more of a crepey skin texture that likely has flecks of brown spots from years of sun exposure.
While there are many hand creams out there claiming to provide instant hand rejuvenation, it will likely take more that just a lotion to get the results you are looking for. It is possible to treat aging hands, often in one or two trips to the office, but may require a combination of treatments for full hand enhancement.
The Radiesse Hand Lift
Radiesse is one of the most common and effective way to restore lost volume in not only the face, but the hands as well. After often just one Radiesse injection to re-plump and replenish volume to the back of the hands, you will leave with supple and youthful appearing hands.
Radiesse is injected just beneath the skin by Dr. Thompson. This raises the skin level so tendons, joints and veins lose their prominence. Results typically last 1 to 2 years depending on the patient.
Because Radiesse provides a scaffolding for collagen-building, the body’s own collagen interweaving into this structure keeps the skin feeling softly natural and smooth.
CO2 Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing
For those who are a little needle-shy or who want to really amp up the results they get with Radiesse, our CO2 Fractional Laser can provide significant hand rejuvenation. By creating tiny pinholes in the skin, your body kicks into repair mode by producing it’s own collagen and elastin. Some of the firm, tight skin is then replaced with more youthful skin within weeks.
Because of the damage to the skin, there is a period of 7-10 days where the skin will be red, flaky, and tender. Repair cream is given to cover the area until the fresh skin appears. For more information, visit our Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing page.
SkinMedica TNS Recovery Complex & Lytera Skin Brightening Complex
Among the newest anti-aging advances are creams containing growth factors. These creams appear to promote new collagen formation and are good to use every night. One recent study, published in Journal of Drugs in Dermatology in 2007, reported 83% of women between ages 35 and 65 who tried growth factor creams found improvement in their hand wrinkles after just 60 days.
Our pick? SkinMedica TNS Recovery Complex has the research and fan base to make it our winner. Learn more HERE.
SkinMedica’s Lytera Brightening Complex is also a great product for the face and hands for those concerned with age spots or hyperpigmenation of the skin. Lytera is applied morning and night to reduce the appearance of skin discolorations and improve overall skin tone and condition. Learn more HERE.
For moderate to severe discoloration of the hands, neck and face, IPL (Fotofacial) treatments are a great option to consider. Technically called an IPL FotoFacial, this non-invasive and non-abrasive rejuvenative treatment uses cutting-edge technology of Intense Pulsed Light. The hands are numbed prior to treatments, as they would be with CO Fractional Laser treatment, and passes are made along the area to treat the pigmentation deep in the skin.
There is no recovery time but the treated pigment will begin to surface over the next week and flake off. At that time, it will either be lighter or gone completely depending on how far along the patient is in their treatment process. Products, such as Lytera Brightening Complex or hydroquinone, can maximize results and keep pigmentation from coming back. Of course a good daily sunscreen is important as well!
Read more about IPL treatments HERE.
It’s definitely best to come in for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Thompson to see what procedure(s) may be right for you.