Getting past those granny hands

Getting past those granny hands
Getting past those granny hands

By: Ron Robinson

No one wants to get old, least of all, people in the beauty industry. It’s on our minds 24/7. But we do our best to fight against the signs of aging. Sticking to a good skincare regimen is one. There’s also making sure to wear sunscreen every day and using some overnight creams with retinol. But most of the time it seems like we’re missing one very important body part that shows signs of aging the most: our hands!

We use our hands all the time whether we’re typing, addressing people, driving, etc. We may not notice, but how many of us truly take care of our hands? With the sun always beating down on us, we sometimes forget to apply sunscreen to our face - the number one area to protect- can you imagine how easy it is to forget about our hands?

How about mothers who are pushing that baby carriage? Those hands are in direct hit of the sun. How about when you go out for a walk or a jog? It may already seem too late.

As we age our hands become more prone to age spots and unsightly veins start popping through thin skin. Hands age faster than any other part of the body. Major contributors that cause aging hands include a loss of:

  • skin and vein wall elasticity
  • subcutaneous fat and collagen
  • water content of the tissues

There are plenty of procedures (both invasive and noninvasive) to help our hands look young and plump. Fat grafts are usually long-lasting while injections may be repeated when necessary. For age spots caused by sun exposure, laser is your best bet -- DioLite and Ruby lasers target brown pigments. For an overall treatment targeting spots and wrinkles, IPL or a Fractional Laser can be used.

And lastly, for loose skin and raised veins – retinoids help increase skin thickness, while chemical peels help renew cells and tighten loose skin. Below are a list of procedures according to the degree and type of “Granny Hands” problem you are facing:

Volume replacement to treat protruding bones, tendons or veins

  • Fillers (such as polyactic acid or hyaluronic acid)
  • Fat injections (fat transfer or autologous fat grafting)

Treatment for fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, sun damage or irregular pigmentation

  • Superficial chemical peels
  • Intense pulsed light (IPL) and photodynamic therapy (PDT)

See more details in the hand rejuvenation section of Smart Beauty Guide!