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Apart from our face and neck, our hands are the most visible part of our body. As we age, our skin loses hyaluronic acid and collagen, resulting in thinner skin and the loss of its elasticity. Hence, fine lines and wrinkles appear and veins and tendons in the hands become more obvious. Hand rejuvenation is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment that can help correct and minimize certain signs of ageing. Ageing of our hands are a result of these 3 factors:
1) Volume loss
The soft tissue in the hands, which give them their volumizing appearance, gradually depletes as we age, leaving the veins, tendons and bones hidden in our youth more prominent and visible. Hands with a good amount of volume look younger, fuller, and healthier.
Intrinsic ageing of the hands is best improved by restoring the volume of soft tissue. Volume restoration can be achieved with a number of long-lasting dermal fillers with varying degrees of improvement and treatment longevity. Dermal fillers can be an affordable, non-invasive and safe method to treat ageing hands, a procedure that requires little downtime and no preparation. Volume restoration has been shown to improve skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and prominent structures in the ageing hand.
2) Sun damage
Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun accounts for most premature skin ageing, thus environmental factors also play a major role in ageing the hands. Even though your hands receive as much sun exposure as your face, they are usually less protected.
Sun damage causes textural problems as well as pigmentation issues, such as age spots, freckles and background sun damage as we age. To protect itself from the damaging effects of the sun, your skin increases its production of the brown pigment called melanin which produces irregular pigmentation of the skin. Skin texture changes caused by UV exposure include thinning of the skin, fine wrinkles, easy bruising, and skin tearing, particularly on the forearms and the back of the hands.
3) Hand skin ageing
The skin of the hands, like that on the face, becomes looser and more wrinkled as we age. Unfortunately, there is less collagen in your hands because the skin is thinner than on other parts of the body thus, our hands are one of the first places to show the signs of ageing.
Intrinsic ageing of the hands is characterized by loss of dermal elasticity and atrophy of the subcutaneous tissue. Thus, veins, tendons and bony structures become more apparent. Hand rejuvenation treatment addresses two key aspects of restoration: volume and skin rejuvenation. For patients who are looking for a minimally invasive way to reverse the effects of time, dermal filler can be used to restore the hands for a more youthful appearance.
About Dermal Fillers
Injecting dermal filler into the hands can help add instant volume to the area and help to stimulate natural collagen production. Dermal fillers are small gel injections, a form of hyaluronic acid made up of various types of collagens.
Once injected beneath the skin, it attracts water to regenerate volume and recreate lost structure. Since hyaluronic acid’s composition is so closely related to substances in our bodies, it works well as a filler that does not cause major irritation.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring type of sugar molecule, called glycosaminoglycan, which is found in human connective tissue. It binds with water in our bodies to create a jelly-like substance, which acts as a moisturizing lubricant to create a cushioning effect between the fibres in the skin, collagen and elastin, and even in the joints, nerves, hair, skin, and eyes.
Once absorbed it infuses the epidermis layer of the skin with valuable moisture, and acts as a humectant agent to draw moisture from its environment into the skin. As the substance penetrates the surface, it binds water to skin cells, which helps keep the skin plumped and hydrated. When injected into the skin, hyaluronic acid increases fullness and decreases indentations. This treatment also improves skin quality by boosting collagen production and hydrating the skin from the inside.
How do Dermal Fillers Work for the Hands?
Hyaluronic acid fillers are gently injected into the back of the hands, special care is taken in the areas above and around the veins and tendons. After injecting fillers, your hands are then massaged to spread the filler across the tops of your hands. Results of hand rejuvenation are instant after just one treatment of filler, and the effects of this treatment will generally last for approximately nine to twelve months.
The amount of filler required to achieve optimal results is variable due to varying amounts of volume loss in the hands, and the patient’s preference, which will be discussed during your consultation with your practitioner. With any injectable treatment, bruising and swelling are the most common side effects, however, these effects are generally short-lived. Hyaluronic acid emulates natural substances in the body, so side effects are very rare.
Does this treatment seem like something you would like to try? Then look at our special offers: we are offering 15% off hand rejuvenation treatments. Azallis Cosmedics Clinic is a premium provider of non-invasive procedures, based in Fulham, London that can help provide information about hand rejuvenation and dermal filler treatments. To book a consultation, contact us now or visit our clinic to find out more about how this treatment can help rejuvenate your skin and give your hands a more youthful appearance.