Say Good-Bye to Crepey Skin on Your Hands
What is one sign of aging that’s hard to hide with make-up and clothes (unless you wear gloves 24 hours a day!)? Your hands! As we age, our hands get crepey skin – so called because the skin thins and begins to show a lot of fine lines and wrinkles similar to crepe paper (you know, those streamers hung up for birthday parties). Your skin may even start to sag and appear loose.
Our hands are in constant use and suffer from all the exposure we put them through: hand-washing, dishwashing, shower washing, the elements, constant movement from exercise, typing, and daily chores. We don’t always give them the care they need either. Think about how dry they become during the winter months and how sweaty they get in the summer. It seems like everything dries out the skin. On top of that, our knuckles become lumpy as the fat and skin around the fingers thins and the veins on the top of the hand pop out. Our poor hands take the brunt of life!
If your hands are showing the affects of age, it may be time for a hand rejuvenation! Especially if you’ve undergone a face or neck lift, you don’t want wrinkly hands to stand out against your otherwise smooth skin!
What Causes Crepey Skin on Our Hands?
As we age, our skin’s ability to retain moisture diminishes. This, combined with a loss of fat under the skin in certain areas, can cause the skin to lose volume and dehydrate faster. Age also means your skin also produces fewer oils to create a lipid barrier than it did when you were younger. This combination causes thin, loose, and wrinkled skin.
Exposure to the sun throughout your life is also a big factor in skin aging. Sun damage speeds the aging process when the UV rays break down the collagen and elastin that helps skin stay wrinkle-free. Once these fibers break down, the skin begins to loosen, sag and wrinkle. And our hands are not immune to sun damage. Spend much time with your hands on your steering wheel? Or do you remember to apply sunscreen on your hands while laying out on the beach? Those activities and many more expose your hands to sun damage which leads to crepey skin.
How Do I Prevent Crepey Skin on My Hands?
Most doctors argue that the most important age prevention you can do for your skin is to wear sunscreen every time you plan on spending time outside. Also, invest in good lotions and creams to keep your hands moisturized and promote elastin and collagen production. Products containing glycerin and hyaluronic acid work particularly well when trying to prevent crepey skin. Additionally, a well balanced diet that is high in antioxidants and Vitamin C helps your body produce collagen.
What Treatments Restore Crepey Hands?
If you already have crepey skin on your hands, no at-home beauty routine will fully restore their youth. Thankfully, several cosmetic treatments can help restore your hands. Talk to your plastic surgeon about the best treatment(s) for you!
Injectable can improve the appearance, texture and thickness of your hands. The fillers reduce the visibility of veins and tendons on the back of your hands. Because they tend to last longer than other fillers, Dr. Chang often recommends the fillers Juvederm, Radiesse, and Sculptra.
Injectable Fat Transfer
This method uses your own fat to add plumpness to the back of your hands. Through liposuction, fat is removed from your abdomen or waist. Once it’s processed, it’s put into a syringe and then injected into your hands. The fat transfer will last longer than commercial injectables. And because the injectable comes from your own body, it’s the most natural filler option.
Forever Young BBL Laser
The Forever Young BBL Laser is the most popular laser treatment at Aesthetica! This is the only laser proven to rejuvenate the DNA in your cells. And most people see a 50% improvement in their skin’s appearance after each treatment! BBL also helps remove red or brown pigmentation spots from your hands which helps improve their youthfulness as well.
ProFractional Laser Peel
Often, injectables (whether commercial or your own fat) are not enough to fully remove wrinkles on their own. Known for its effectiveness on the face, a ProFractional Laser Peel can be the final step toward eliminating those hand wrinkles, especially when used in combo with Forever Young BBL. An added bonus, it stimulates collagen production.
How Do I Maintain My Hands After Rejuvination?
Products with retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids and peptides can help you maintain your youthful hands! These ingredients can encourage cell growth and collagen production as well as remove dead cells. Lactic acid, salicylic acid and glycolic acid can all help moisturize dry skin and improve the skin’s appearance.
Using a simple sugar scrub at home can help remove dry, dead skin cells and improve the skin’s appearance. The best thing you can do with at home products is to make sure that they do not strip your skin of its natural lipid layer and to properly moisturize when you’re done washing.
Ready for youthful hands?
If you are wondering how you can restore youth to the crepey skin on your hands, we invite you to simply come in for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Chang or one of the cosmetic laser and injection nurses.
To find out more whether Aesthetica can help you, contact us online or at 703-729-5553 to arrange an appointment. Dr. Phillip Chang is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Northern Virginia near Leesburg, Virginia and an expert in a wide variety of cosmetic treatments.
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