The physicians at White Rock Skin & Laser Clinic don’t just treat the face; there are other highly visible areas of the body where aging should be addressed for more youthful overall appearance. Hands are a big one, despite many people not knowing that there is something that can be done to treat the signs of aging on hands!
Dermal fillers, used most commonly to treat lost volume and deep wrinkles in the face, can be used on hands! It’s injected across the back of the hand to restore lost volume that occurs with aging, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, tendons and veins. It gives hands a youthful look and natural results.
Our physicians wanted to share this study on the effectiveness of dermal fillers for hand rejuvenation. Below we’ve shared the Introduction and the Conclusion to summarize the article, but you can read the full study by clicking here.
Rejuvenation of aging hands has become increasingly popular in cosmetic medicine over the last 8 years. Along with the face and neck, the hands are the most visible parts of the body and undergo signs of aging similarly. Just like in the face, volume loss in the hands is a common indicator of age.
Both intrinsic and extrinsic factors influence aging of the hands. The epidermis of the skin thins; lentigines, dyschromia, and textural roughness appear; and seborrheic and/or actinic keratosis may develop. The quantity and quality of collagen and elastin decline in the dermis, resulting in skin laxity and thinning. Deep to the skin, atrophy of the subcutaneous fat causes underlying tendons and bony prominences to become visible. The speed and extent of the changes varies with the individual patient’s genetics. The progression can also be influenced by factors such as smoking and alcohol abuse, chronic sun exposure, overwork, chemical toxin exposure, and rheumatologic disease.1 Treatments to rejuvenate the hands, published in the literature, include skin excision, lasers and peels for skin resurfacing, sclerotherapy to reduce noticeable veins, and the use of autologous fat and/or fillers for volumization.2
When properly performed by a skilled practitioner, rejuvenation of the hands with dermal fillers is a simple procedure with high patient satisfaction and a low rate of complications. Although the majority of patients requesting cosmetic procedures look to rejuvenate the face, aging hands are just as visible and clear indicators of age. Hand rejuvenation enables the cosmetic injector to more fully address their patient’s aesthetic concerns.
Before (A and C) and one year after (B and D) hand augmentation with 4 cc of diluted VYC-20L HA gel. In my experience, the result lasts for an average of one and a half years.
Rivkin AZ. Volume correction in the aging hand: role of dermal fillers. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology. 2016;9:225-232. doi:10.2147/CCID.S92853.
Thin, crepe-y skin can treated be treated with either a Skin Booster or PRP treatment that involves many micro-injections of product. These can also be combined for even better results. PRP is an incredible, natural treatment using the power of your own platelets to stimulate the production of collagen in the skin. This thickens the skin, giving it a smoother, more lustrous appearance. (Want to learn more about PRP for face and hands? Click here.)
And don’t forget to target the pigmentation that inevitably comes with aging as well! We have a number of lasers that can treat sun damage and age spots. Ask us how you can get a free treatment with our hand packages.
If you’d like to discuss how White Rock Skin & Laser Clinic can help treat your aging hands, or any other area, call us to book your consultation at 778-545-1925 or email us at [email protected]