If age spots, wrinkly skin, or other signs of aging bother you, don’t lose hope. You can have more youthful-looking hands. Thanks to advances in dermatology, it’s possible to diminish these signs of aging safely and with little or no downtime.
Many adults develop age spots on their hands. These spots tend to gradually increase in size with age and time spent in the sun.
Our board-certified dermatologists and the skilled aestheticians and registered nurses at our Rejuvaderm MediSpa can effectively lighten or remove age spots on your hands with treatments ranging from laser therapy and chemical peeling to microdermabrasion and skin-lightening creams and lotions. The creams and lotions take the longest to deliver results, but they cost less.
When hands lose their youthful fullness, skin becomes lax and starts to develop a crepe-paper-like texture. With less fullness, the veins in your hands also become more noticeable. To restore lost fullness, your dermatologist can inject a filler or fat from another part of your body
Applying sunscreen to your hands every day can prevent wrinkly skin on your hands. Read the label and be sure your sunscreen contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. If you haven’t been applying sunscreen and now have wrinkly skin, treatment can help.
Your dermatologist may recommend a lotion containing a retinol or glycolic acid (apply before bedtime), a light chemical peel, every 1 to 3 months, or a laser treatment. When treating wrinkling, the lotion and light chemical peel are often used together. Laser treatment can also help diminish age spots.
As we age our skin holds less water, so our skin becomes drier. This can cause your skin to feel rough. To smooth rough skin on your hands, your a mild chemical peel can help. To maintain the results you get from treatment, it helps to apply a moisturizer every day. Your dermatologist can recommend an effective moisturizer.
Making your results from hand rejuvenation last.
While you cannot stop aging, there are things you can do to make your results last longer. Here’s what we recommend:
1. Protect your hands from the sun. This is essential if you want to maintain the results you see after treatment. To protect your hands from the sun, apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to your hands every day before going outdoors.
2. Wear gloves while cleaning and gardening. Hot water, detergents, and yard work can dry your skin, which can age your hands.
3. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Applying a lotion or cream after washing your hands and bathing helps to trap water in your skin, which can plump up your skin.
4. Keep appointments for maintenance treatments. If your dermatologist, aesthetician or RN treated you in the office, getting follow-up treatments as recommended can help you maintain your results. For example, if you had a filler, you may need another injection in 8 to 12 months.