If you are experiencing the signs of aging on your hands, Gmyrek has outlined the common signs below and the treatments for each:
Thin, creped, or tissue-paper-like skin: “This is due to the loss of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. Topical creams should be used. I recommend using a serum or cream that contains antioxidants like vitamin C to help stimulate new collagen. and protect against persistent damage in the morning.Then apply sunscreen as directed above.Reapply every two hours and after washing.Wear even if you are indoors as UVA light passes through the glass. In the evening, I recommend a cream with vitamin A – retinol, retinoid or bakuchiol, which will help stimulate new collagen and thicken the skin. They should always be used at night as sunlight inactivates vitamin A products. This should be followed after waiting at least 10 minutes with a moisturizer.
“Lasers are also very useful. Fractional resurfacing lasers are my treatment of choice in the office for stimulating new collagen and elastic tissue. These lasers create controlled microscopic wounds in the skin. As the skin heals, it creates new collagen and elastic. Several treatments are needed (five or more), and I only recommend going to a board-certified dermatologist who has been trained in the use of lasers. “
Brown spots or discoloration: “Topical creams containing hydroquinone or other bleaching agents such as tranexamic acid, kojic acid, or propionic acid can be helpful. Often these dark spots do not respond to topical treatments and require in-office treatment to be removed.
“Lasers such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) or the Alexandrite laser are essential treatments in the office. These lasers use specific wavelengths of light to target and remove discolored spots on the hand. Usually two to five treatments are needed. “
Loss of subcutaneous fat: “It’s part of the natural aging process, and topical creams won’t help. Filler injections are my office solution for creating more filling in the hands. It improves the appearance of the hands by supporting a little bit the skin and making it look tighter and also hiding a bit the veins of the hands which become very prominent when the fat is lost. “