When you think of plastic surgery most people typically think of things like breast implants, botox/fillers for your face, liposuction, tummy tucks, and things of that nature, but not many people think about hands.
You would be surprised at how many people don’t like their own hands, especially after they’ve gone through some sort of rejuvenation or surgical procedure for their face. Once they see how well their face looks after using injectable fillers or having a face lift, often times they begin to notice that their hands don’t match the look of their face.
The hands can be an obvious sign that someone has had work done to their face, because more of often than not, your hands will develop unsightly veins or discoloration as you age. And while your face has been rejuvenated through various non-surgical and/or surgical techniques, your hands remain the same.
It’s one of those body parts that people tend to overlook, or not think about, when considering plastic surgery to help them look younger, but once you point it out to them, it can become more obvious.
Types of Hand Rejuvenation
The most common types of hand rejuvenation come in the form of non-surgical treatments. There are a variety of ways to help rejuvenate your hands to make them look more youthful and to help you feel more comfortable with them.
Most of these non-surgical procedures are relatively painless and will allow you to continue about your normal life relatively quickly.
Let’s take a look at some of the more common types of hand rejuvenation procedures that are available.
1. Dermal Fillers / Fat Transfers
Dermal fillers are most commonly used on the face to help reduce wrinkles and aging lines, but can also be used on the hands to help with the same thing. Wrinkles on the hands can be filled in with dermal fillers, while unsightly veins and tendons can be hidden as well.
By using dermal fillers to add bulk to the top of your hands, you can reduce the sight of large veins as well as the tendons that run through the top of your hands. As you get older, your hands tend to thin out and these areas become more visible.
Fat transfers can also help reduce these signs of aging. By taking fat from other areas of your body and injecting it into your hands, you can gain back years of aging.
Dermal fillers and fat transfers are one of the easiest things you can do to help reduce the signs of aging in your hands.
2. Laser Skin Resurfacing / IPL
As we get older our skin begins to develop discoloration and sometimes aging spots. These spots can appear as dark circles on your skin, and if they start to overtake your hands, they can become quite unsightly, especially if you’ve undergone procedures to make your face look youthful.
These aging spots and discoloration can be lightened up with the use of Laser Skin Resurfacing and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light). IPL helps to lighten the pigmentation in your skin caused by the sun.
Reducing the darkness of these sunspots can bring a youthful look back to your hands.
Combine IPL with Laser Skin Resurfacing and you can fade the sunspots and resurface rough skin to help achieve the younger appearance that you’re looking for.
Lasers and light therapies have come a long way over the years. They are simple, non-surgical, procedures, that can give you lasting results with little to no pain.
3. Skin Tightening
As we talk about non-surgical technology improving, another area of improvement in the world of plastic surgery comes from skin tightening procedures.
While most people talk about skin tightening in terms of helping with thighs, breasts, tummy, and neck, it can also be used to help with the skin on your hands.
Radiofrequencies are used to help tighten the existing collagen in your hands, while also promoting new collagen production. By doing so it causes the skin on your hands to become firmer, which will give them a younger appearance.
How Long Does Hand Rejuvenation Last?
Depending on what sort of procedure you decide to undergo for your hands will determine how long the effects will last.
Unfortunately, none of these non-surgical techniques are going to be permanent and your hands will continue to show signs of aging as you get older.
Dermal fillers in the hands should last at least 9 months, but in most cases you’ll still notice the effects for between 12-14 months.
The fillers slowly break down over time and are filtered out of the body, so this type of treatment needs to be refreshed every year or so.
The good thing about dermal fillers though, is that the results are usually seen almost immediately.
With IPL and laser treatments, the main reason these procedures aren’t permanent is because our bodies continue to age.
As we continue to age and continue to enjoy the sun, our bodies will continue to show signs of aging. And while the sunspots and discoloration that was corrected using laser therapy or IPL will continue to look better, other problem areas can arise over time.
Unfortunately, science has not discovered a way to reverse the aging process, but with the new technological advancements in non-surgical procedures, we can help to slow it down.
If you’re interested in hand rejuvenation, or have questions regarding the different options, please contact us at Dr. Adams Plastic Surgery in Dallas, TX today and we’d be happy to answer any of your questions.