Frequently the focus of cosmetic improvement is the face. Yet, one of the most age-telling body features is our hands. Because the skin on the back of the hands is extremely thin, the loss of fat padding on any level shows quickly. Take away that cushion and all the structures in the hand show up – the tendons, bones and the veins.
The natural fat cushion that we’re born with begins to lessen in our late twenties and early 30’s. By the time most of us hit 50, we have hands that tell the truth about our age — and often they can actually make us seem older than we are!
Sun exposure over the decades sets up a prolonged cascade of liver spots and brown patches that can keep popping up long after we’ve learned to stay out of the sun. Add that to the color changes brought about by the darkness of veins and your hands can sometimes look as if they’ve been bruised and battered in addition to looking more skeletal.
Combating the aging, boney and veiny hands takes more than hand cream (though that simple step does make a difference). The latest technologies has given us a set of procedures that will have similar effects as those we have been able to accomplish for the face.
Radiesse® as a Fat Replacement
Replacing the volume loss with a dermal filler is not a “new” thing. Fat transfers have been used to treat volume loss for many years. The staying power of fat is debatable, and it requires a source — that means some type of surgical removal from some other part of your body. It’s expensive and time consuming.
Radiesse® is a dense easy-to-mould filler made of Calcium-based microspheres. This type of product has been used for orthropaedics and has shown to stay in place for up to 24 months. It can be the answer to plumping out the ‘scraggy’ look when hands lose their plumpness revealing your age.
Pigmentation is a sure sign of sun damage and one of the main concerns that women have about the appearance of their hands, there are treatments available but it is best to use prevention in the form of a sun block.
IPL and laser type treatments can soften lines and reduce pigmentation marks. Pigmentation marks form as melanin cells within the skin are stimulated by sun exposure. As the light is applied it is momentarily hot, this heat from shatters the melanocytes so that the pigment marks are broken down, sometimes they might form a fine scab and go darker first before they break down.
LED lights can also be used to slow down pigmentation production, green light has been shown to reduce formation by up to 60%.
Remember to use hand cream to keep skin soft and there are a range of products to help with lightening of the skin.