Oh My Aging Hands
While you are always happy to see your family, it's spending time with your granddaughter that really brings you joy.
The two of you are sitting on the couch enjoying some time together when she innocently, but pointedly asks "how come your hands look like great grandmas hands"? The last several years has seen an explosive growth in non-surgical rejuvenation techniques.
While chemical peels have been around for thousands of years, it is only recently that lasers and light sources have become the gold standard for rejuvenating the skin.
Chemical peels are still used, and have their place, but the variable results they can produce have caused them to fall out of favor.
Lasers and light sources can have dramatic effects in reducing the discoloration and age spots of sun damaged and aged skin.
However, a major component of aging, whether because of weight loss, chronic sun exposure, or genetics, is the volume loss in the tissue beneath the skin.
This causes the flattened cheeks, sagging jowls, and under-eye hollows commonly seen in the ageing face.
In the hands, this manifests as thin, bony hands and prominent blood vessels.
All to often the hands give away the person's age.
Indeed, for many people the hands often appear older than the person is.
So what can be done to improve the look of the hands?This often involves a combination of treatments to address the various issues.
Very rarely can one product or procedure accomplish all that is needed to address aging, whether of the face or other areas.
To improve the color and remove age spots, intense pulsed light therapy (IPL) or superficial laser peels are used.
Often several treatments are required to remove the age spots.
Recently fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm have been used to restore the volume loss of the hands.
This provides volume to the hands and eliminates the thin, boney appearance.
Finally, if large prominent veins are still visible and bothersome, limited sclerotherapy can be used to eliminate the unsightly veins on the back of the hands.
The procedure is easily tolerable, has minimal to no down time, and can be accomplished in less than an hour, yet can provide dramatic rejuvenation of those troublesome hands.
Now your granddaughter can find other things to point out.