What is hand rejuvenation?
The hands are often a neglected area of the body as most of us focus mainly on treatments on the face. Therefore our hands tell the story of our age more so than our face. The skin of our hands is subjected to the ravages of chemicals, sun exposure and other environmental stresses that our hands are exposed to. As we age our hands also lose collagen elastin and fat as we age. The signs of aging process and sun damage are that our hands look crepe-y, hollow and bony. It is also not uncommon to find age spots, prominent veins and wrinkles.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF AGING?
When we age, some parts of our bodies may change in appearance, and this includes the volume loss on our skin. The skin on the back of our hands may start to lose its volume due to the loss of fat and muscle bulk. Patients are commonly advised by their surgeon or doctor to take lasers, injections, or a chemical peel treatment procedure to treat their skin problems that were affected with age. Lasers are one of the most popular treatments for a lot of skin issues as the device used for the treatment is enhanced and upgraded from time to time.
One reason why our skin tends to experience the signs of aging even at a young age is because of our unhealthy lifestyle. While a lot of factors can contribute to our aging skin, here are some of the indications if your skin is beginning to age:
- Sagging skin (wrinkles & fine lines)
- Dark marks
- Itchy skin
- Hyperpigmentation on the chest
- Rough skin texture
What are the benefits of hand rejuvenation?
Our hands are where we wear precious jewellery. In the near future where COVID is a memory, human contact might be restored to having handshakes again. Therefore there is no reason why our hands should lag behind our face in rejuvenation. The benefits of hand rejuvenation is that added confidence to your interaction with others. Hand rejuvenation treatments are usually painless with minimal down time and the good news is also they last a long duration.
Restores Volume and Elasticity
As we age we suffer fat loss in our hands and they appear bony and our hand veins become obvious. These can be easily restored with filler treatments. (the choice of fillers will determine the duration of results) With restored volume in the hands, the skin will also look tighter and firmer.
Removes Spots and Blemishes
Spots and blemishes (brown spots), or age spots, be it in the face or the skin on the back of the hands, are signs of aging and are unsightly. Fortunately, they are easily removed with laser treatment procedure with the result of clearer skin.
Compliments Facial Treatments
It takes only a few extra minutes of treatment time to have our hands treated along with your face, why not have hand rejuvenation benefits along with a younger face?
When to Consider Hand Rejuvenation
It is ideal to consider hand rejuvenation treatment procedure when you start to notice early signs of hand damage and aging. We will certainly recommend that your hands should match your face.
Hand Rejuvenation Treatments
Hand rejuvenation procedures are usually swift office procedures that are done in minutes with minimal down time or recovery needed.
Dermal Fillers for Hands
Dermal filler injection for hands is excellent to fill up the hollows of the hand and also reduce prominent veins. Many choices of fillers were used in the past and we certainly have our favourites.
Radiesse was a popular filler for the hands and we have used radiesse quite often for the hands and face. The benefit of radiesse is that the particles also stimulate collagen which is much needed in hands that are depleted of collagen and fat. However, we find that radiesse’ volume-enhancing effects are not as good as other hyaluronic acid fillers.
In our clinic, we prefer to use hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers for hands rejuvenation. HA fillers are very volumising and are ideal to fill up the follows of the hands. Our favourite HA filler for filling up the hand hollows is Juvederm Voluma. One reason for that is because this particular brand is probably the longest-lasting HA filler in the market. Korean HA fillers are also popular in our centre because of their long duration and relatively cheaper cost. The latest HA filler that is excellent to rejuvenate the hand skin will be Profhilo which yields rather impressive results for crepe-y dry think skin.
Typically numbing cream is applied to the hands prior to hand fillers. Nerve blocks are not necessary for this. This makes dermal fillers for hands relatively painless. The cannula method is also used to minimize the bruises. Our doctors are armed with the knowledge of hand anatomy and we meticulously avoid the veins and tendons of the hands during the treatment procedure to prevent bruises and complications.
The results of hand rejuvenation with dermal fillers are the appearance of younger, full and wrinkle-free hands.
Curas Laser treatments
Curas Advanced Nano Laser is the latest generation of Q- switch lasers that promised a more optimal performance for the treatment of skin pigmentation at the hands.The results of this laser treatment are in just a few sessions, sun spots, liver spots or brown spots and freckles can be removed. The spots will appear red right after the laser treatment procedure, which will eventually be scabbed off, leaving the spot visibly reduced. Post laser care such as adequate sun protection and moisturizers are advised to maximise results. The long pulse mode of Curas laser also stimulates collagen production on the hand skin, resulting in firmer skin. The side effects of laser treatment are minimal. Most people can tolerate laser hand treatments even without numbing cream.
Sun protection and hand care
We often advise patients that in order to maintain and enhance the results of the treatments, it is important to protect the hand skin from excessive sun damage. Ultraviolet rays are abundant around us, particularly when we engage in outdoor sports, in the car or even in a swimming pool. We will recommend applying a sunblock that is SPF 50 or above for adequate protection. It might also be a good idea to wear gloves when cleaning the dishes to protect the hands from harsh detergents.
Moisturizing the hands are just as important as moisturizing the face. Not only having a good level of hydration will promote healing from laser treatments, but it also helps to make the skin on the back or front of the hands remain supple and soft and less wrinkled. In general, moisturizing creams and lotions that are used for the face can also be used for the hands. Unless the hands are very dry, a dedicated moisturizer will be needed. Hyaluronic acid serums are extremely useful in hydrating dry skin at the hands.
Skin whitening products such as skinuva, and vitamin C serum which has lightening and whitening effects on the pigments of the skin. These skincare products are a simple yet effective rejuvenating treatment and are an excellent adjunct to laser and filler treatments.
How long will my hand rejuvenation with fillers last?
Hands rejuvenation with fillers lasts up to 2-3 years, depending on the type of fillers. Call or visit us for a consultation and we’ll gladly guide you throughout the filler procedure.
How much downtime is required after hand rejuvenation?
There is minimal down time with hand rejuvenation treatments. With laser treatments, the dark marks may appear red for a day and eventually scab off after 4-5 days. For hands fillers, there is minimal bruises and just mild swelling at the treatment site for a day. Patients are advised to take extra care of the treated area to avoid worsening of bruising or swelling.
Do filler injections hurt?
With numbing cream, filler injections do not hurt. Our surgeon and doctors are very skilled with treatments that provide volume-enhancing, collagen boosting, and appearance improvement to the skin. Such treatments include chemical peel treatment, lasers, and skin excision. Patients are most welcome to visit our clinic for a consultation.
Am I a candidate for hand rejuvenation with dermal fillers?
If you find that your hands are aging faster than the rest of your body, and if you notice distinct hollowing in between your hand’s tendons (extensor tendons) and obvious hand veins, it might be time to consider dermal fillers. People who start to see the signs of aging may tend to lose their confidence and feel troubled. That’s why our skilled surgeon and doctors have trained to carry our treatments to improve the appearance and enhance the volume of the skin just to remove the worry off our patients.
Are there side effect?
A hand rejuvenation treatment only has minimal side effects.