Many people focus on the face to maintain a youthful appearance, but that isn’t always the first spot to belie the passage of time. The hands can also begin to show their age, as veins on the backs of the hands become more prominent and age spots begin to develop. Like the face, aging signs appear on the hands due to time, sun damage and loss of collagen underneath the skin’s surface. Also like the face, rejuvenation procedures are available to turn back the clock on your hands and give you a more youthful appearance overall.
Prominent veins appear on the backs of the hands as a result of thinning skin due to collagen loss. Collagen is a substance naturally produced by the body that supports the underlying skin structure and gives skin its smooth, supple appearance. As we age, our bodies produce less collagen, which leads to skin laxity and the appearance of wrinkles. Less collagen on the backs of the hands means those veins that were safely hidden between layers of tissue in your youth start to protrude and become the focal point of your hands.
Hand veins can become more prominent as early as your 30s, since the skin on the backs of the hands is already somewhat thinner than the skin on your face. The good news is these veins can become less visible with Radiesse treatments, an injectable solution that restores support to the underlying skin structure and smooths out the backs of the hands. Radiesse injections only take a few minutes to complete and the results will last for many months before a touch-up procedure is needed.
Another problem that develops on the hands over time is the appearance of brown spots known as age spots. These spots are usually caused by sun exposure, and can become quite large and unsightly. Radiesse injections won’t do anything to minimize the appearance of age spots, but there is another treatment we can add to your regimen that will reduce their appearance and give you smoother, clearer hands overall.
The ZO chemical peel is a good choice for reducing age spots while refreshing the overall appearance of the skin. This three-step treatment begins with the application of the peel, which provides complete exfoliation of the treatment area. The second step involves application of a topical retinol cream that stimulates the body’s own collagen production to promote cell renewal and fresher, more youthful skin. Finally, a calming cream is applied to soothe the skin and reduce redness and inflammation after the first two steps.
Both the Radiesse injections and the ZO chemical peel can be administered at the same time, offering you dramatic results in hand rejuvenation with just one treatment session. The results will be seen right away and continue to improve in the weeks following the procedure as the body stimulates cell renewal and produces additional collagen to support the skin in the treatment area. Most patients will enjoy their results for many months before requiring additional treatment sessions to maintain them.
If you would an improvement in the appearance of your hands, help is available. Dr. Andrews and the staff at Dr. Andrews Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery offer these treatments in a package at a lower rate than you would pay to have each procedure separately. Contact Dr. Andrews Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery today at 319-800-6877 to find out if hand rejuvenation is right for you.