Many individuals take great care of their faces with countless creams and cosmetic procedures like Botox and dermal fillers while neglecting one of the first places to show signs of aging, our hands. Our hands are a tell-tale sign of age since they deal with sun exposure, constant washing, and frequent use for all sorts of activities. As we age, there are often wrinkles and sunspots on our hands in addition to a loss of volume, a loss of elasticity, and increased visibility of veins. While most patients understand the importance of facial rejuvenation, with liquid facelifts on the rise, the hands also need special attention. Dr. Michele Green is a board-certified dermatologist who can formulate a special hand rejuvenation protocol for you in her private NYC dermatology office to get your hands looking and feeling younger than before.
The hands are particularly prone to environmental factors and sun exposure since people tend to focus on protecting their face and neck. For instance, many individuals forget to apply sunscreen on their hands or even if they do, they forget to reapply it when they wash their hands. As a result, sun spots and dark spots are prominent on our hands in addition to all the other age-related issues that impact our skin. This includes thinning skin and decreases in collagen and elastin production. Hand rejuvenation treatments such as the Fraxel laser, VBeam laser, Thermage, and dermal fillers, among others, can restore lost collagen, tighten skin, and renew both skin tone and skin texture.
If you’re interested in revitalizing the appearance of your aging hands, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green is here to help. Dr. Green is a New York-based expert in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures such as Botox®, VBeam, Restylane, Fraxel® laser treatment, and Thermage. With Dr. Green’s hand rejuvenation treatments, your hands will be refreshed and restored to a more youthful appearance. With over 25 years of experience as a top dermatologist in NYC, Dr. Green will incorporate the most cutting-edge technology to provide you with the very best hand rejuvenation in New York.
What is hand rejuvenation?
During the natural aging process, there is a loss of fatty tissue in the hands which makes your tendons and veins more visible. The hands also receive as much sun exposure as the face but are often not protected with sunscreen which speeds up the aging process and make your hands look even older. Our hands show their age through the appearance of age spots, large veins, and skin laxity but there are a range of treatment options that can rejuvenate them. There are several different techniques used by Dr. Green to improve the appearance of aging or sun damaged hands, from laser treatments, dermal fillers, resurfacing, among other modalities.
Some of the most common hand rejuvenation treatments include Fraxel laser, VBeam laser, AlexTrivantage laser, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), dermal fillers, and Thermage, among other options. The Fraxel laser, Intense Pulsed Light laser, and AlexTrivantage can remove sun damage, sun spots, and other forms of hyperpigmentation. The VBeam laser can be used to remove spider veins as well as reduce any redness in the skin. The Thermage laser can tighten skin by regenerating new collagen and elastin in the skin. Dermal fillers like Juvederm and Restylane can restore lost volume and collagen. Topical creams like hydroquinone can also be used to improve discoloration and is often used in combination with other treatments for optimal results. Dr. Green’s combination approach, in her private NYC office, provides the best results for hand rejuvenation, restoring youthful volume and improving both skin tone and texture.
Who is a good candidate for hand rejuvenation treatment?
The best candidates for hand rejuvenation are patients aged 21 or older who are unhappy with the appearance of their hands and want to restore tone, texture, and volume to the skin. Additionally, patients who suffer from a great deal of sun damage and have sunspots, hyperpigmentation, age spots, on their hands or have any signs of crepiness, bony prominence, or protruding veins, are good candidates for hand rejuvenation treatments. It is best to talk to a board-certified dermatologist before engaging in any hand rejuvenation treatments to determine specific contraindications for each treatment option.
Hand Rejuvenation Treatments
There is a myriad of ways to rejuvenate the hands, which do not rely on plastic surgery. The following list are some of the possible hand rejuvenation treatments available. The best treatment option for you is dependent on what your concerns are whether it be skin laxity or hyperpigmentation. It will also take into consideration your skin tone since certain treatments can cause adverse side effects like post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
- Fraxel laser – The Fraxel laser is a skin resurfacing laser that uses fractional laser technology to create microscopic treatment zones on the skin. The laser helps stimulate new collagen while removing the top layer of the skin so the new skin layer is more even in tone and texture. This laser is great for removing sun spots, sun damage, and unwanted pigment while improving skin texture.
- IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is a photo rejuvenation therapy that uses different wavelengths to undo visible damage caused by the sun, pollution, and environmental stresses. It can be used to treat dark spots, sun damage, skin laxity, and aging skin.
- Dermal fillers (such as Juvederm, Restylane Lyft, Sculptra, and Radiesse) are often composed of hyaluronic acid, a natural ingredient that is found within our bodies and which can naturally plump up our skin. Filler injections are great for restoring lost volume and thus minimizing the appearance of wrinkles.
- Thermage® FLX is the gold standard for non-invasive skin tightening. It uses radiofrequency energy to heat up the deeper dermal layer of the skin which stimulates collagen regeneration and reduces skin laxity. This results in tighter, firmer skin that has less visible wrinkles and which looks and feels younger.
- V-Beam® Laser is a pulsed dye laser treatment that has been used for over 20 years to remove spider veins and redness from the skin. It uses a 595nm wavelength that safely and effectively removes only the red pigment within skin while leaving the rest of your skin intact.
- Chemical peels use chemical solutions to exfoliate the top layer of the skin, thus removing dead skin cell, unclogging pores, and stimulating new collagen. This helps to improve discoloration, pigmentation, and fine lines.
- Skincare such as retinoids, Retin-A, alpha-hydroxyacids, and skin lightening creams can help improve overall skin condition and can provide optimal results when combined with cosmetic procedures to remove sun damage and any sun spots.
What is the best treatment for hand rejuvenation?
When it comes to treatment for hand rejuvenation, no one “best” technique works for all patients. Depending on what your needs are, you may benefit more from certain treatments over others, though in general, most patients prefer non-invasive treatment options as opposed to surgical procedures. If you are struggling with loose skin on the hands, the Thermage FLX skin tightening treatment may be right for you. If you are dealing with sunspots and discoloration, skin resurfacing lasers like the Fraxel laser or the AlexTrivantage laser may be the most useful treatment option. If prominent veins are a concern, a combination of dermal fillers and sclerotherapy may be the appropriate choice. When you work with Dr. Green, she will carefully consider your medical history, current skin condition, and individual goals to create a custom treatment plan that will best meet your needs.
Can dermal fillers work for hand rejuvenation?
Dermal fillers are an innovative cosmetic treatment in the world of dermatology due to their safe and effective treatment for a variety of areas of the body. Several different dermal fillers, including Radiesse, Sculptra, and Restylane Lyft, are safe to use on the hands and offer volume restoration and the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles on the skin of the hands. Though not all dermal filler formulations are designed to treat the hands, Radiesse (calcium hydroxylapatite dermal filler), Sculptra (poly-L-lactic acid dermal filler), and Restylane Lyft (hyaluronic acid dermal filler) are all excellent options to rejuvenate the hands by promoting collagen development at and around the injection site.
Similar to procedures done on one’s face, dermal fillers can be used to plump up the skin and renew the hands by being injected beneath the skin. Dr. Green uses a variety of dermal fillers to refresh the hands and replace lost collagen in the skin. Sculptra, Restylane, and Radiesse are all effective injectable fillers for restoring lost volume. Radiesse was the first filler FDA-approved for the back of the hands. This filler works immediately by adding volume under the skin and stimulating your body’s natural collagen production over time. The natural results have been shown to last a year or more in many patients, making the treatment results beneficial in both the short and long term.
Sculptra® injections work similarly to Radiesse® in that Sculptra is a biostimulator and will stimulate new collagen production to replace what was lost over time. Recently, the hyaluronic acid filler Restylane® Lyft (also known as Perlane) was FDA-approved to replace volume loss in the back of the hands. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers use a naturally occurring substance in the body to stimulate collagen production, helping to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Some plastic surgeons prefer fat grafting or fat transfer for the hands where they transfer unwanted fat from other areas of the body to the hands to add volume. Dr. Green doesn’t perform fat grafting, or recommend this type of plastic surgery since this technique requires liposuction first and then fat transfer to the hands on the same visit. She believes in creating increased accessibility to minimally invasive cosmetic procedures which do not require unwanted downtime and have fewer health risks associated when compared to invasive procedures. For the best cosmetic results, Dr. Green often layers different dermal fillers to effectively replace the loss of volume and refresh the appearance of your hands. The only side effect of this hand rejuvenation procedure is occasional bruising from the dermal fillers, so there is very little downtime.
Age spots and brown spot treatment for hand rejuvenation
Sun damage takes a toll on our skin, including the back of our hands. There are many effective treatment options now available to remove age spots from sun exposure. Depending on both the degree of sun damage and your skin type, there are several different laser treatment options to remove these sunspots. The Fraxel Dual laser is the gold standard for laser skin resurfacing and can remove superficial pigmentation, sun damage, and brown spots on the skin surface with almost no downtime. Another very popular method is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), as this type of light can treat wrinkles, sun spots, and redness on the back of hands with no downtime. Dr. Green utilizes Candela’s AlexTrivantage laser for deeper and more prominent sunspots. Dr. Green’s protocol often combines the Fraxel laser for fine lines with the AlexTrivantage for overall sun damage for a customized hand rejuvenation treatment. One of the benefits of the Fraxel laser treatment is that through micro pulses of laser energy, there is an increase in collagen production and overall younger-looking skin.
Similar to chemical peels for facial discoloration and sun damage, sunspots on the hands and forearms can be treated with chemical peels. A combination of hydroquinone and retinoids can also be combined with chemical peels to reduce pigmentation, increase skin turnover, and leave your skin smooth and rejuvenated. One of the benefits of having chemical peels on distinct treatment areas, such as your face, arms, hands, back, or neck, is that you can customize your treatments to the specific area of damage. With each area, you can improve tone, texture, pigmentation, and fine lines, for younger-looking skin. Peels and laser treatments require minimal downtime and are the most popular hand rejuvenation procedures.
59 Year Old Male, AlexTrivantage for sun spots, 2 month post treatment, 2 treatments
Skin tightening for hand rejuvenation
Thermage is a popular option for skin tightening and can be used to restore any area of the face or body, including the hands. It is a great option for hand rejuvenation and can help reduce the appearance of crepey skin on our hands that often appears as we age. Through radiofrequency heat, new collagen is formed which restores and rejuvenates the hands. Over time, the new collagen builds and thickens your skin so your hands look firmer and younger. The best results are seen within six months of the procedure since collagen takes time to accumulate. Only one treatment of Thermage is necessary for long-lasting results that can last up to two years, although we recommend getting a Thermage once a year for consistently youthful hands.
Dr. Green offers the latest technology by offering her patients the new Thermage FLX. Thermage FLX builds off of the radiofrequency innovations of the first Thermage device but has enhancements to improve patients’ comfort and treatment speed. Thermage FLX’s handheld device has a wider treatment tip that can cover 25% more surface area, offering increased coverage and comfort. Additionally, Thermage FLX has AccuREP™ patented algorithmic technology which offers real-time adjustments on a per-pulse basis, helping to create greater precision in every treatment.
What is the best laser for skin rejuvenation?
When it comes to laser skin rejuvenation, several non-invasive lasers can help to improve the appearance of the hands. If you’re struggling with discoloration or redness due to prominent veins, the V-Beam laser or Intense Pulsed Light may be best. For those who are struggling with brown spots or age spots on the hands, the Fraxel Dual laser, AlexTrivantage, and/or Intense Pulsed Light lasers can all help to revitalize the skin. Additionally, if you’re dealing with sagging skin or skin laxity, Thermage FLX can help to boost new collagen and restore the firmness of the hands. Regardless of your hand rejuvenation needs, there are excellent non-invasive solutions that can help, and some laser skin resurfacing treatments can even be combined to optimize a treatment plan. The best laser for skin rejuvenation will be dependent on what you are trying to achieve for your hands.
Restylane for hand rejuvenation – 3 months
Commonly Asked Questions and Answers
Does hand rejuvenation work?
Yes! Although brown spots, wrinkles, and prominent veins on the hands are all-natural aspects of the aging process, non-invasive hand rejuvenation techniques can both safely and effectively reduce the appearance of aging on the hands. Hand rejuvenation treatments like laser skin resurfacing, sclerotherapy, chemical peels, topical treatments, and dermal fillers are all highly successful methods to rejuvenate the hands. Dr. Green has over two decades of experience in non-invasive skin rejuvenation techniques and has helped countless patients to revitalize the appearance of their hands.
How is hand rejuvenation done?
The first step towards hand rejuvenation is to come in for an initial consultation with a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Michele Green. During the consultation, you will discuss what your aesthetic hand goals are whether it be sun spots or skin tightening or adding volume. Dr. Green will then go over your treatment options and will answer any questions you may have. Afterward, you will schedule another appointment in which you would undergo the treatment discussed whether it is Fraxel laser or Thermage or a combination of treatments. Certain hand rejuvenation treatment options will require a topical anesthetic to minimize any discomfort or pain you may feel during the procedure. In these cases, Dr. Green will prescribe numbing cream that will need to be applied in a thick layer one hour prior to the appointment. You may also be required to come in for multiple treatment sessions depending on what you are trying to achieve.
What is used for hand rejuvenation?
There are a number of different treatment options that can be used for hand rejuvenation which will determine what is used. These include the Fraxel laser, Intense Pulsed Light, AlexTrivantage, chemical peels, Thermage, and dermal fillers. The Fraxel laser, AlexTrivantage, and dermal fillers will all require a topical anesthetic to minimize any discomfort or pain you may feel. Dr. Green will prescribe a numbing cream to be applied in a thick layer one hour before your appointment time. The numbing cream and the area undergoing treatment will be thoroughly cleaned for the procedure. After the procedure, Dr. Green may recommend some skincare products or a skincare protocol to maintain and prolong your results.
What are the results of hand rejuvenation treatment?
The results of hand rejuvenation treatments are dependent on what you are trying to treat and the results you are trying to achieve. Different treatment options will yield different results and may have different times before results show. Some procedures, such as dermal fillers like Restylane and Radiesse, provide immediate results as soon as the procedure is complete. Other dermal fillers like Sculptra can take up to six weeks for optimal results since it takes time for collagen to build up. Laser treatments can take one or multiple treatments to reverse sun damage and remove brown spots. With minimally-invasive lasers, such as the AlexTrivantage laser, sunspots can often be treated in one to two sessions, with only a few days of recovery. Thermage laser treatment takes longer to see the cosmetic results, as it can take 4 to 6 months for collagen remodeling and full cosmetic effect. These procedures all work towards making your hands look and feel younger.
AlexTrivantage for sun spots, 1 month post treatment
How long does hand rejuvenation last?
The length of time hand rejuvenation lasts is dependent on what treatment is used. The Fraxel and IPL used to reverse environmental damage to your hands can have long-lasting results. However, proper sun avoidance and sunscreen are needed so that new sun damage does not affect your results. To maintain the results of any hand rejuvenation treatment, we recommend that patients incorporate a lightweight sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher into their daily skincare routine. With no new sun exposure, combined with laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, or doctor-recommended topical treatments, the dark spots and sun damage will be reversed.
Other treatments that add volume to the hands, like dermal fillers, can last from at least six months to 12 months depending on which type of dermal filler is utilized. Restylane lasts approximately six to nine months, whereas Sculptra injections can last up to two years. Most patients return for touch-up injections periodically to maintain these cosmetic results. For patients engaging in Thermage FLX treatment, results can also last up to two years. Patients often continue touch-up treatments on an annual or bi-annual basis to continue to improve skin elasticity and maintain consistent results.
How can I get rid of large veins on my hands?
As the skin thins, and we lose collagen as we age, one of the most noticeable signs of aging in the hands are broken blood vessels and prominent veins. Though prominent veins are not necessarily a process that can be “cured,” many of the undesirable effects of prominent or large veins can be reversed and reduced via non-invasive hand rejuvenation treatments. Prominent veins can often lead to the appearance of redness and discoloration on the skin, which can be treated via skin resurfacing lasers. Additionally, the appearance of prominent veins can be treated via sclerotherapy, which can shrink blood vessels and greatly reduce the prominent veins. By injecting dermal fillers, prominent veins in your hands become much less noticeable thus making it one of the most popular hand rejuvenation treatments. Dermal fillers like Restylane and Juvederm can also be injected into the hands. The added volume will restore lost volume, increase collagen production, and minimize the appearance of the veins and restore the hands to a younger appearance. Additionally, any redness, broken capillaries and broken broken blood vessels can be treated with IPL and the Vbeam laser.
How much does hand rejuvenation cost?
The cost of hand rejuvenation is dependent on the treatment option, the geographic location, and the experience of the doctor. Laser treatment can vary in price from $800 to $1500, depending on the type of laser needed. Dermal fillers vary in price based on both the amount of filler needed and the type of filler needed to restore the lost volume. These prices can range greatly depending on which state you are in and whether you are going to a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist or a MedSpa. MedSpas typically charge lower prices compared to dermatology offices but they do not have the experience that a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Michele Green has. Dr. Green has over 25 years of experience and knows which treatments are best for your skincare concerns. She will help create a customized hand rejuvenation plan that will yield results while minimizing the risk of any side effects.
Skincare for hand rejuvenation
When it comes to hand rejuvenation, there are a variety of skincare options that can help revitalize the hands. Retinoids and retinol-based creams and serums can help to rejuvenate the skin by promoting cell turnover, creating a more youthful appearance. If patients are dealing with brown spots or discoloration on the back of the hands, they may benefit from hydroquinone. Prescription lightening creams generally contain a 4% concentration of hydroquinone for optimal skin lightening.
When it comes to anti-aging solutions for the skin, vitamin C serum is great for nourishing the skin and preventing free radical damage which speeds up aging. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that works to stimulate collagen production and increase skin cell turnover. This works to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots, and acne while slowing down early skin aging and preventing sun damage. Dr. Green’s MGSKINLABS offers her popular Vita-C serum to help her patients rejuvenate skin on the face, hands, and neck.
For patients who are seeking to prevent further signs of aging, the most effective approach is through the use of a daily non-comedogenic moisturizer, as well as a daily broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF, ideally of 50 or higher. MGSKINLABS offers a variety of helpful moisturizers and moisturizing sunscreens, including Absolute Recovery Anti-Wrinkle Cream for skin rejuvenation and Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ Sunscreen.
How do I prepare for my hand rejuvenation treatment?
During your initial consultation, Dr. Green will discuss the best hand rejuvenation options with you. If you are scheduled for laser treatments, strict sun avoidance is necessary. Laser treatments such as Fraxel and IPL cannot be performed on tanned skin. If dermal filler procedures are scheduled, it is advised to refrain from aspirin, Motrin, Advil, Motrin, St. John’s Wort, oral Vitamin E, multivitamins, herbal supplements, and any blood thinners for at least 10 days before your procedure to avoid bruising.
How do I get started with hand rejuvenation today?
Dr. Michele Green is an internationally renowned expert in dermal fillers, Botox, cosmetic injectables, laser treatments, and other treatments to reverse the effects of the aging process. With over two decades of experience in treating dermatology patients in her upscale NYC office, Dr. Green is consistently voted as one of the best dermatologists in New York by Castle Connolly, Super Doctors, New York Magazine, and the New York Times. To learn more about hand rejuvenation treatments and which procedures would be best for you, please call the office of Dr. Michele Green today at 212-535-3088 or contact us online to schedule a consultation to discuss your concerns.