Hide Your Age with Rejuvenation of Your Hands, Not Your Face
Guests at a cocktail party might try to guess someone’s age by looking at his or her face. However, since facial aging has been addressed so successfully by cosmetic surgery and aesthetic procedures, it has been revealed it is now the hands that provide the evidence when trying to accurately judge how old someone is.
Since we spend so much time ensuring our faces are wrinkle-free, we often neglect treating our hands, which in turn will eventually betray our age regardless of how many Botox treatments we receive. If you suspect that your hands may be giving away your true age, here are some of the signs:
1. Age spots
The hands are constantly exposed to the elements, so even those who are meticulous about slathering sunscreen will eventually see the hallmarks of aging skin: discoloration and sunspots. While prevention is key, not many people realize the importance of using sun protection products on the hands.
2. Translucent skin
All skin thins with age but the hands have very little fat. Without plump tissue underneath, this skin tends to look paper-thin more quickly. The skin on the hands is actually thinner than that on the face.
3. Wrinkled skin
Wrinkles are an obvious sign of aging. The skin on the hands needs more moisture than the rest of the body because they are washed frequently, contributing to drying and wrinkling.
4. Deflated appearance
Without a lot of sturdy tissue for support, thinning of the skin begins to settle in, giving hands that sunken, hollow look—a sure sign of an older person.
5. Prominent veins
As the hands age, the large veins on the backs of the hands become much more visible; the tendons and bones become more noticeable as well.
If you suffer from any of the above symptoms, don’t fret. Many of the same procedures used effectively on the face can make hands look younger, too. Topical retinoids, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion each exfoliate the skin, which lightens sunspots and discoloration. Injectable fillers add volume and remove wrinkles from hands, leaving them looking fresh and youthful rather than hollowed. Fillers have actually been found to be more long lasting in the hands than the face, because there is less muscular activity to break down the filler. Laser resurfacing can also be performed to treat aging hands. These procedures are nonsurgical, and have very little recovery time.
The hands no longer need to reveal someone’s age. The benefits of hand rejuvenation can be discussed during a consultation with a plastic surgeon.