A youthful appearance is often judged upon the condition of not only the face and neck, but also of the hands. Over time, hands can become pigmented with brown spots from sun damage. Older hands look wrinkled, and become bony with more prominent veins and tendons as we lose the fat under the skin with age. Hand rejuvenation can help to reverse these problems. This can be done with a combination of in clinic treatments, home skin care and injectables.
We've recently had some clients complaining about their 'old ladies hands', and with their faces looking great, we thought it only fair to develop a suite of treatments designed specifically for hands!
Best for: Scrawny hands with visible veins and tendons
Our new favourite filler - Juvederm Volift - is fabulous for plumping up hands that have lost volume. It spreads beautifully to contour naturally to the hand, and with a few tiny injections and some massage, you can have instantly more youthful hands. Reports from Europe suggest that the overlying skin becomes more hydrated in many people... A lovely bonus!
Duration of effect: Everyone is different, but Volift is expected to last about 12-18 months.
Best for: improving thickness, texture and luminosity of skin.
PRP uses the power of your own platelets and plasma to signal to the body it needs to repair and rejuvenate the skin. The results take longer, generally about 3 weeks to 6 months, and there is a gradual improvement in the hydration, thickness, softness and luminosity of the skin. How long the results will last is indefinite, it essentially creates a more youthful skin, however the skin will continue to age normally over time.
Best for: Brown spots, sun damage, pigmentation.
IPL uses targeted pulses of light to break down pigment spots and redness in the skin, and can also assist in collagen production.
After your IPL treatment, you may find that the brown pigment goes darker for up to 2 weeks, so winter is a great time to be able to cover these with gloves. It's important to keep your hands out of the sun for a month before and after your treatment, to reduce the chance of side effects.
The same treatment serums that you use for your face can be used to treat and improve the skin on your hands. A great hint is to use an extra pump of product when you are treating your face, and then extend the product down your neck, décolletage and backs of your hands, past your wrists.
If your hands are more damaged or wrinkly than your face, then you may need some specific serums just for your hands. We recommend seeing one of our medical skin therapists, who can guide you as to the best products to be using on your hands. The stronger and healthier your skin is, the better the results you're likely to get from the other treatments.
These treatments can be combined, your clinician will help guide you as to what is appropriate for you. To make an appointment call 0800 COSMED.