Treating Your Face? Don't Forget Your Hands!

There are various facial procedures that can make you look years younger, but undergoing one of these surgeries without also treating your hands could mean inadvertently revealing your age nevertheless.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons conducted a study to deduce just how age-revealing one's hands can be. Participants were asked to examine photos of female hands and guess the woman's age. With the majority of the photos, participants estimated accurately. They were also shown altered images, where veins and blemishes were removed, and they guessed the modified hands belonged to younger women.

Surgeons believe this proves that prominent veins and age spots on the hands can detract from a revitalized face. "Looking younger after your facelift or eyelid surgery can conflict with aged hands that simply do not match the face," said Dr. Roxanne Guy, former ASPS president. "After the face, hands are the second most visible, telltale sign of one's age. If your goal is to look more youthful or you are bothered by the appearance of your hands, you may seriously want to consider hand rejuvenation."

There are a number of treatment options, included lasers, sclerotherapy, and fat injections. Additionally, the study showed that there a few quick fixes: participants incorrectly guessed that moisturized hands with manicured nails and jewelry belonged to younger women.

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  • Kathy
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    Are there any over-the-counter products you would suggest for treating age-spots or firmness? I've been looking into Juvena's Rejuvenating hand and nail cream. Are products like that worth it, or has the damage already been done? I don't want a complete overhall, just something to help firm and soften my age-spots. Thank you, Kathy

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    Rejuvenation of the hands can be accomplished in a number of different ways. My practice not only offers the services listed in the above article but we also perform Radiesse injections into the backs of the hands when someone is not interested in going through the process of fat grafting. The lasers we offer are a combination of Diode laser and Isolaz to take care of age spots. Now fractional CO2 can also be utilized to tighten the skin. Some of the procedures are performed by myself and some are performed by my registered nurses in our medspa.

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