16 February 2016
Looking youthful is the holy grail of beauty – but what areas of the body most betray a person’s age? Contrary to popular belief, it’s the hands that are a real giveaway. It’s this fact that has led to a surge in older women requesting Anti-Ageing treatments and procedures for their hands – with some clinics receiving four times as many enquiries for hand-related treatments.
So how do hands show age? The older we get, the more muscle we lose which contributes to lost volume from our hands. Changes in our hormone levels cause skin to become thinner, making veins more visible.
- What treatments and procedures are available to make hands look younger?
Hand Lifts involve the injection of Dermal Fillers or fat into the back of the patient’s hand to make it appear plumper, smoother and less veiny.
Skin Peels or IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) lasers can be used to reduce the appearance of age spots and to give an even texture.
Fat Transfer is another popular option where the Cosmetic Surgeon takes spare fat from another area of the patient’s body and transfers it to their hands to make them plumper and smooth wrinkles. The benefit of this procedure is that it doesn’t generally need to be repeated, unlike Dermal Filler treatment which is a temporary solution.
- Who is a typical patient for hand rejuvenation?
According to experts, many people who request Anti-Ageing solutions for their hands have already undergone similar procedures on their face. One Cosmetic Surgeon said: “After surgery their faces look good but when they put their hands up the age of their face doesn’t match their hands.
“They become self-conscious and want their hands to look as good as their face. It’s about conformity of appearance.”
- Can anything be done to prevent hands from ageing prematurely?
To keep your hands in optimum condition, it’s recommended to treat them as you would your face and neck. Include them in your daily skin care regime by moisturising morning and night (and after washing hands).
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