Reversing the Hands of Time Youthful Hand Rejuvenation with Dr. Maas

There's an old saying, "If you want to know the age of a woman, look at her hands." That statement is valid, and it doesn't just apply to women. Men also notice changes to their hands over time that can make them look older than their years. The backs of the hands are exposed to UV rays, environmental pollution, and other factors that can strip them of their youthful suppleness and cause you to run for the gloves. Dr. Maas offers a variety of good options to improve the signs of aging that occur in the hands so that you can match the youthful vitality of other areas of your skin.

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The Aging Hands

The good news is all these concerns can be effectively treated through various procedures. Sometimes, you can address multiple aging symptoms in a single appointment in our office. Dr. Maas will carefully assess your issues to determine the best treatment plan for you.

There are a variety of changes that can occur to the hands over time:

  • Loss of soft tissue between the tendons creates prominent veins that appear to stick out from the surface of the hand.
  • Brown spots appear, also known as age or liver spots, which are a byproduct of constant UV exposure to the skin in that area
  • Dilated blood vessels and visible red and blue veins, capillaries, and telangiectasia (spider veins)
  • Fine lines and wrinkles form on the backs of the hands

Say Goodbye to Brown Spots

Since the hands are almost always exposed to the sun, nearly everyone develops at least a few pigment changes over time. Also known as solar lentigines, the spots can become confluent or merge into large, prominent masses. Dr. Maas encourages patients to wear sunscreen on the backs of their hands for just this reason. However, once those spots appear, you will need professional treatment to remove them. Fortunately, some options can make these markings almost invisible. Intense pulsed light therapy, or IPL, is an excellent option for brown spots. This broadband light is different from a laser or the light in a room–it is very intense, and when applied to the skin's surface, the light flashes absorb the brown pigment. The pigment will work its way to the skin's surface within a couple of weeks, where it will flake away entirely. IPL can also work on visible veins, as the light can target the blood in the vessel, so it collapses and is reabsorbed by the body over time.

IPL is not a painful procedure, and results will become apparent within a few weeks after the treatment. The improvement is long-lasting, although new brown spots can form over time if you do not use proper sun protection in this area. Skin resurfacing is another option for brown spots, typically performed using a laser or chemical peel. Dr. Maas recommends fractional laser treatments for the backs of the hands due to the delicate skin in this area. The fractional laser improves the hands' color and surface texture, simultaneously reducing wrinkles and brown spots. Chemical peels come in various depths, allowing Dr. Maas to customize your treatment to produce an optimal outcome. These treatments involve the application of a chemical solution that removes the outermost layer of the dermis, leaving softer, smoother, and brighter skin in its wake.

Hide Prominent Veins

Dr. Maas frequently uses injectable fillers to disguise the loss of volume that creates prominent tendons and the depletion of normal youthful fullness. He can make them nearly disappear by using hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, or Belotero to fill the areas between the tendons. The treatment is performed right in his office, and you will find the procedure comfortable with local anesthesia. You may experience minimal swelling after the injections, but it should not be overly uncomfortable and will subside within a few days. You should enjoy your enhancements for many months before a touch-up treatment is required to maintain them.

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Smooth Away Wrinkles

If wrinkles are your primary concern, the skin resurfacing treatments listed above can also benefit this aging symptom. Fractional laser treatments are beneficial since they stimulate collagen production, supporting the underlying dermal structure. Additional collagen produces a smoother look on the skin's surface with a noticeable improvement in fine lines and wrinkles. The treatments are accompanied by minimal discomfort and little downtime to achieve your aesthetic goals without significant disruption in your daily life.

Don't let your hands give away your age. With various treatment options, you can refresh and rejuvenate this area as effectively as you can your face. Dr. Maas will take the time to assess your needs and recommend the best treatment plan. Sometimes, a single procedure may do the trick, while other patients may require multiple therapies, performed simultaneously or at different appointments, to produce the desired outcome. To learn more about your choices in hand rejuvenation in San Francisco, contact The Maas Clinic™ today.

Corey S. Maas, MD, reviewed this information about hand rejuvenation. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us using our contact form below.

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