If concerns such as age spots, wrinkled skin, or other aging signs are affecting the appearance of your hands, rest assured that there are sophisticated solutions available. Recent advancements in the field offer safe and minimally invasive procedures with limited downtime to effectively reduce these signs of aging.
It is common for age spots to develop on our hands as we age, and they tend to increase in size over time, particularly with prolonged sun exposure. These spots can be addressed through various treatments, including cryosurgery, laser therapy, chemical peeling, microdermabrasion, and the use of skin-lightening creams and lotions. Laser is commonly used to address hands as well as the face at the same time. While creams and lotions may require more time for results, they present a cost-effective option.
ROUGH PATCHES (SKs and AKs)
Individuals with fair skin, especially those exposed to prolonged sun without protection, may notice rough patches. They could be SK seborrheic keratoses (SKs) or actinic keratoses (AKs). While SKs are common non-cancerous (benign) skin growths, AKs are precancerous lesions with a risk of transforming into skin cancers if left untreated. Experience doctors can diagnose and treat these, offering solutions tailored to individual needs and circumstances, such as shaving, excision, or cryotherapy.
If an ulcer develops on one of these lesions and fail to heal, one should seek prompt medical advice to rule out skin cancer.
LOSS OF YOUTHFUL FULLNESS
A loss of fullness in the hands can result in lax skin and a crepe-paper-like texture. Plastic surgeons and dermatologists restore lost fullness through the injection of fillers or fat. Expert guidance from a board-certified specialist ensures a personalized approach, balancing the potential benefits and risks of various treatment options based on your need and health condition.
WRINKLY AND/OR LOOSE SKIN
Collagen and elastin in our hands decrease with age and can lead to loose and wrinkly skin. Consistent application of sunscreen and moisturizer can prevent wrinkly skin on the hands.
For existing wrinkles and laxity, they can be addressed through lotions containing retinol or glycolic acid, light chemical peels, filler, or laser treatments. Combining these treatments can enhance their effectiveness.
Drier skin due to aging can result in roughness. Application of effective moisturizer daily helps maintain the results achieved through other treatments.
People with brittle nails will see lines running lengthwise on your nails and will also find their nails peel or break easily.
The treatment starts by identifying and discontinuing activities causing the condition, such as spending lots of time with wet hands or using harsh chemicals without wearing protective gloves, and then followed by rehydration of nails (and the surrounding structures) through moisturizers like urea cream or mineral oil, often applied before bedtime with the use of cotton gloves.
A few tips for youthful hand
1. Sun protection
This is applicable to the skin of your whole body really. Protect your hands from the sun with effective sunscreen. Do this regularly and diligently. Choose a good sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB. Apply adequately. Reapply.
2. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
Applying a lotion or cream after shower and washing your hands to keep water in your skin.
3. Protection from physical and chemical trauma
Wear gloves that provide effective protection while cleaning and gardening. Prolonged water exposure, chemical (e.g. detergents), and yard work can damage your skin, cause irritation, and age your hands.
4. Check your skin
Perform regular self-check of your skin. Detecting early changes allow prompt intervention
5. Quit smoking
Smoking is bad for your skin and we all know that. Smoking chronically deprives the skin of oxygen and nutrients, and leads to premature wrinkling and ageing.
With some attention and effort, individuals can effectively address aging signs and maintain youthful-looking hands over time. If you're considering hand rejuvenation with a more professional approach, a consultation with a board-certified doctor can help determine the most appropriate and personalized treatment option for you.