When it comes to fighting the early signs of aging, most of us are focused on our face. It’s what we see everyday in the mirror, but forgotten in the mix are our hands. We talk with our hands and point to things, use them to care for each other, clean, type, play an instrument, write and take selfies. Throughout any given day, your hands flex and stretch thousands of times. In short, they take a beating and hand rejuvenation exists to help.
Unless you wear gloves 24/7, your hands are also constantly exposed to the damaging rays of the sun. It isn’t surprising then that the hands can often give away your age even more than the face. As a board certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience in cosmetic surgery, Dr. Robert Whitfield takes a elegant approach to rejuvenating one of our most precious things.
Hand rejuvenation is a procedure or combination of procedures to restore a more youthful look to your hands. It may include skin care to improve skin tone and texture, lasers to eradicate sun spots and redness, and injectables such as fillers or fat grafting to get rid of prominent veins and tendons while restoring volume.
If you are worried that your hands are making you look older than you feel, then it’s time to schedule a hand rejuvenation consultation to see modern options. During your consultation, Dr. Whitfield will listen to your concerns and discuss your lifestyle. He will assess the skin tone, texture and laxity on your hands in order to determine the best procedure for revitalizing their look. Typically, hand rejuvenation will entail a combination of procedures.
The first step that Dr. Whitfield recommends for any patient is clinical skin care, especially sunscreen. Sun damage is the skin’s ultimate enemy. If you don’t think that the sun is taking a toll, simply compare your left hand to your right. Since your left hand tends to rest on the rim of your window when you drive, it will probably have more brown spots, larger pores and a thinner texture.
With sunscreen, it’s important to use one with both UVA and UVB protection that has an SPF of at least 30, with often reapplication. In fact, it’s not a bad idea to use a hand cream with sunscreen so that you get some moisture as well. Moisture also keeps hands in a healthy state.
Besides sunscreen, any product that you use on your face to combat aging like Vitamin C & E, glycolic acid and retinols can also improve the skin tone and texture on the hands. During your initial consultation, Dr. Whitfield will discuss which products might be best for your unique needs.
Since the hands take such a beating from the sun, they are often marred by brown “age” spots. While certain skincare products can definitely improve this discoloration, IPL or intense pulsed light lasers are one of the best procedures for treating sun-damaged skin, fine lines and wrinkles. For certain patients, Dr. Whitfield may even recommend a chemical peel.
Besides skin tone and texture, the biggest in aging hands is the same as that on the face: volume loss. As we grow older, we lose fat in our hands. It is this loss of plumpness that makes the veins and tendons in the backs of the hands become prominent and ropey-looking. A quick way to reverse this issue and turn back the clock is to restore the lost volume with a hyaluronic acid filler, or with your own fat with fat transfer. Each has its pros and cons. Dr. Whitfield will discuss which option is best for you and why during your initial consultation.
None of the procedures that Dr. Whitfield recommends regularly for hand rejuvenation require any significant downtime or planning. The exception would be lasers and a chemical peel. Since the skin on your hands will be particularly vulnerable after these treatments, it is best to stay out of the sun for some time
With fillers, it is important to keep in mind that it will take 2 weeks for your final results. Also, you may experience some slight swelling and bruising. This typically resolves within 7-10 days.
The cost of hand rejuvenation is going to depend on which procedure or procedures that you have done. During your consultation, Dr. Whitfield and his staff will be able to give you an accurate estimate for your hand rejuvenation costs.
To find out more about hand rejuvenation with Dr. Robert Whitfield, call us today at 877-785-2382 or schedule a consultation at any of our three Austin locations: Lakeway, Round Rock or West Lake Hills.