Do your hands give away your age?
No part of the body will tell the story of your age more readily than your hands. The hands suffer environmental damage, and often have less protection than the rest of your body. Dryness, poor skin texture, age spots, uneven skin tone, visible veins, fine lines and wrinkles can all add to the general age appearance of your hands.
Want to know a person’s real age? Just look at their hands.
The natural fat cushion that we’re born with under the skin of the hands begins to lessen in our late twenties and early 30’s. By the time most of us hit 50, all the structures in the hand show up – the tendons, bones and the veins.
Help is at Hand
Dr Teri Johnson has been performing hand rejuvenation treatments since 2008. Over the years, she has tried and tested various treatments.
Dr Teri Johnson recommends the following treatments:
Restylane Vital Skin Boosters
Restylane Vital Skin Boosters contains small molecules of hyaluronic acid filler. When injected under the skin, it provides improvement in skins elasticity and deep dermal hydration. By moisturising from within it diminishes the fine crepey lines to give a plump and hydrated appearance.
An initial, intense treatment usually comprises 3 sessions, 3-4 weeks apart. Each treatment involves a series of very fine micro-injections however Dr Teri is now using a cannula more often for this treatment.
Typically a maintenance treatment would be required after around 3-4 months.
Restylane Vital remains in the skin for about 4-8 months if not longer. It attracts water for skin hydration and improve skin texture, while volumising the skin to help reduce the appearance of unsightly veins and tendons.
It can be dissolved by hyaluronidase.
3 treatments are usually required and regular maintenance every 3-4 months to keep the effect.
Bruising is very common if injected with a needle.
Radiesse Hand Rejuvenation
Radiesse was launched in 2000 and is FDA approved. It is a non permanent Dermal Filler that contains calcium and phosphate based micro spheres. When injected under the skin micro spheres stimulate your skin to produce new collagen.
The product is injected directly into the skin with a cannula and then firmly massaged to ensure even coverage.
Radiesse gives an immediate improvement due to the presence of the filler. Over a few months, the results reduce slightly as the filler degrades. The results improve again as collagen production occurs creating a volume effect and an improvement in skin texture.
This treatment is great for volume loss to help cover veins and tendons in the hands.
You may only need one treatment. Although if you have older hands or hands with significant volume loss you may need a second treatment.
Typically this treatment lasts around 12 months.
You will need a maintenance treatment 9-15 months.
This product is not ideal for you if you have thin skin.
Radiesse filler is firm so you need to apply strong vigorous massage after treatment to reduce the risk lumps after treatment.
The product does as not give much hydration.
Profhilo Hand Rejuvenation
Profhilo is a revolutionary injectable product based on hyaluronic acid (HA), the same substance used in most Dermal Fillers.
It is not a filler; it’s more of a ‘skin rejuvenator’, because it only remains in place for a short time (up to 28 days). Profhilo brakes down and is eliminated, naturally and safely. While in place, it stimulates the body’s processes for regenerating skin tissue. Profhilo is the only skin remodeling product to hydrate the skin and stimulate all four types of collagen and elastin. Hence why it is a called a ‘bio-rejuvenator’ or ‘bio- revitaliser’.
You will need a course of two treatments for best results, one month apart. A third treatment a month later, is needed for older skin or extremely delicate thin skin prone to tearing.
You will need a maintenance treatment after 4-6 months for best results.
This products degrades quickly and leaves your body quickly which often suits people who like minimally invasive natural treatments.
Treatments are easy and quick and take only 15 to 20 minutes.
The treatment is the best for thin crepey skin which is delicate.
The hydration affect does create some volumisation of the skin. However this is often not enough to cover visible veins and tendons due to fat loss under the skin.
Aliaxin SR Hand Rejuvenation
Aliaxin SR is made by IBSA the same company that makes the revolutionary Profhilo. It contains 3 different hyaluronic acid molecules. One of which is the same as the one in Profhilo. The other two act more like a filler designed to hydrate, plump and volumise the skin.
Aliaxin SR is injected in the hands with a cannula. Gentle to moderate massage is then required to make sure the product is distributed evenly in the tissues.
You need one or two treatments for best results, one month apart.
If you have very thin skin a Profhilo treatment is recommended first.
You will need a maintenance treatment after around 6 months for best results.
This product is the best of all worlds, collagen stimulation in the skin itself to improve texture, elasticity. However it also gives volumisation, to plump and hydrated the skin due to the hyaluronic acid filler component.
You need to massage after treatment. Massage is not always possible in elderly frail skin unless this is improved first.
Other Treatments for Hand Rejuvenation
Dr Teri also recommends:
Sunscreen of at least SPF 30 to reduce photo-ageing.
IPL, Obagi or ZO prescription skin care to reduce pigmentation and even skin tone.