Although people are used to taking care of their face with cosmetic treatments like Botox and dermal fillers, an often neglected part of the body are the hands. Your hands are one of the first places that show the signs of aging. While most patients understand the importance of facial rejuvenation, with liquid facelifts on the rise, the hands also need special attention. Dr. Michele Green, in her NYC private dermatology office, has formulated a special hand rejuvenation protocol designed to reduce the aging process in your hands.
Over time-due to environmental factors, genetics, and sun exposure–the skin on your hands thins, dark spots and sun spots increase in size and number, and the veins in your hands become more prominent. As we age, there is a decrease in the amount of collagen and elastin, with a subsequent loss of volume in your hands. Dr. Green’s hand rejuvenation procedures restore lost collagen, tighten skin, and renew both the tone and texture of your skin.
If you’re interested in revitalizing the appearance of the 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®, Juvederm®, Coolsculpting®, Fraxel® laser treatment, and Kybella®. 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.
Can dermal fillers work for hand rejuvenation?
When hands age, they tend to lose volume due to the loss of soft-tissue, causing the skin to sag and look thinner. You can see the bones and veins more prominently, which makes the hands appear older. Similar to procedures done on one’s face, dermal fillers can be used to plump up the skin and renew the hands. Dr. Green uses a variety of dermal fillers to refresh the hands and replace lost collagen in the skin. Sculptra, Restylane, Juvederm, and Radiesse all are effective injectable fillers for restoring lost volume. Radiesse was the first filler FDA-approved for the back of the hands. Immediately, this filler works to add volume under the skin and, over time, the benefits of Radiesse continue by stimulating your body’s own natural collagen. 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 produce new collagen 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 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, since they transfer unwanted fat from other areas of the body to an area, such as the hands, which needs volumizing. 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 or create greater health risks that are associated with 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.
Can you put dermal fillers in your hands?
Dermal fillers are an innovative cosmetic treatment in the world of dermatology due to their safe and effective treatment for a variety of areas on 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.
Hand Rejuvenation Treatments
There are a myriad of ways to rejuvenate the hands, which do not reply on plastic surgery. The following list are some of the ways in which Dr. Green’s expertise can rejuvenate your hands.
- Fraxel laser to remove sun spots, sun damage, unwanted pigment, and improve skin texture
- IPL (Intensed Pulsed Light) to treat dark spots and sun damage
- Fat grafting to restore lost volume
- Dermal fillers (such as Juvederm, Restylane Lyft, and Radiesse) to restore lost volume and collagen
- Laser skin resurfacing to improve fine lines and wrinkles
- Q-Switched Laser to remove sun damage and sun spots
- Skin care (such as Retinoids and skin lightening creams)
- Thermage® FLX for skin tightening to regenerate new collagen in the skin
- V-Beam® laser treatment to remove spider vein and redness from the skin
- Chemical peels to improve discoloration, pigmentation, and fine lines
What is hand rejuvenation?
During the natural aging process, soft-tissue volume is depleted and, if proper attention isn’t given to your hands, your hands will reveal their “true age”. The hands receive as much sun exposure as as the face, but are often not protected with sunscreen. The hand rejuvenation process consists of several key hand rejuvenation procedures which Dr. Green combines for the Hand Renew™ procedure. Thermage is utilized to tighten the skin on your hands, dermal fillers restore lost volume, and laser treatments and chemical peels remove the sun spots and textural problems of age. Dr. Green’s combination approach, in her private NYC office, provides the best results for hand rejuvenation, to restore youthful volume and improve both skin tone and texture.
Age spots and brown spot treatment for hand rejuvenation
Sun damage takes a toll on our skin, including the back of the 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 a number of different laser treatment options to remove these sun spots. The Fraxel Dual laser is the gold standard for laser skin resurfacing and can remove superficial pigmentation, sun damage, and brown spots with almost no down time. 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 down time. Dr. Green utilizes Candela’s Alex Trivantage for deeper, discrete sun spots. Dr. Green’s protocol often combines the Fraxel laser for fine lines and overall sun damage with with AlexTrivantage 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, sun spots on the hands and forearms can be treated with chemical peels. A combination of hydroquiones and retinoids from the MGSKINLABS, Inc. line of products, combined with chemical peels, will leave your skin smooth and refreshed. 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 down time and are the most popular hand rejuvenation procedure.
59 Year Old Male, AlexTrivantage for sun spots, 2 month post treatment, 2 treatments
How to improve prominent veins in your hands
As the skin thins, and we lose collagen as we age, one of the most noticeable visible 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 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, and is one of the most popular hand rejuvenation treatments.
How to improve veins in hands
A combination approach is necessary to reduce the appearance of these prominent veins. The redness and discoloration from broken blood vessels and be treated with the IPL photofacial and the Vbeam laser. These lasers will also remove the redness from sun damage, along with brown spots. Sclerotherapy for prominent veins with Asclera can be used, in a similar procedure to those of treating leg veins. Asclera® is a leading sclerosant that irritates the lining of a blood vessel wall. This irritation then causes the blood vessel to seal up, thus reversing the prominence of the vein. Injection of this sclerosant will shrink up these unwanted blood vessels, leading to smooth skin without the appearance of unwanted veins. Similarly, when dermal fillers are injected into the hands, like Juvederm and Restyalne when applied to facial lines and wrinkles, the added volume can minimize the appearance of the veins and restore the hands to a younger appearance.
Skin tightening for hand rejuvenation
Thermage is a popular option for hand rejuvenation. Thermage can help reduce the appearance of crepey skin on our hands that often appears as we age. Through radiofrequency heat, new collagen is formed and restores and rejuvenates the hands. Thermage can be used to restore almost any area of the face or body, including the hands. Only one treatment of Thermage is necessary and the results last up to two years.
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 enhances this with enhancements improve patients comfort and treatment speed. Thermage FLX’s handheld device has a wider treatment tip that is able to 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 treatment for hand rejuvenation?
When it comes to treatment for hand rejuvenation, there is no one “best” technique that 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, Thermage FLX skin tightening treatment may be right for you. If you are dealing with sun spots and discoloration, skin resurfacing lasers 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.
What is the best laser for skin rejuvenation?
When it comes to laser skin rejuvenation, there are several non-invasive lasers that 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 the IPL photo facial may be best. For those who are struggling with brown spots or age spots on the hands, the Fraxel Dual, Alex Trivantage, and 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.
Restylane for hand rejuvenation – 3 months
How long does hand rejuvenation last?
Sun damage and environmental damage to your hands can be reversed with laser treatments such as Fraxel and IPL and have lasting results. However, proper sun avoidance and sunscreen is needed so that new sun damage does not affect your results. In order to maximize any hand rejuvenation, 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. Volumizing hands with dermal fillers lasts between 6 months and 2 years, depending on which type of dermal filler is utilized. Most patients return for touch-up injections periodically to maintain these cosmetic results. For patients engaging in Thermage FLX treatment, results last up to two years, and patients often continue touch-up treatments on an annual or bi-annual basis to continue to improve skin elasticity.
How much does hand rejuvenation cost?
The answer to how much is hand rejuvenation depends on which hand rejuvenation procedure is chosen. 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. In general, the cost of dermal fillers for hand rejuvenation is based on the amount of filler needed for rejuvenation, and there is typically an increased cost in order to gain the expertise of an experienced, artful dermal filler injector.
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 sun spots on their hands are good candidates for hand rejuvenation treatments. Typically, hand rejuvenation treatment is best for patients who have seen noticeable signs of aging on the hands. It’s best to talk to a board-certified healthcare professional before engaging in any hand rejuvenation treatments to determine specific contraindications for each treatment option.
Skin care for Hand Rejuvenation
When it comes to hand rejuvenation, there are a variety of skin care options that can help to 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 may benefit from hydroquinones. Over-the-counter hydroquinone creams and lotions typically have 1 or 2% concentration, but prescription lightening creams generally contain 4% hydroquinone concentration for optimal skin brightening treatment.
When it comes to anti-aging solutions for the skin, Vitamin C serum can help to nourish the skin, thus improving skin texture and tone. Vitamin C-based serums help to promote skin cell renewal, in turn helping the body to produce new collagen in the body. 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 sunscreens 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 10 days before your procedure in order to avoid bruising.
Does hand rejuvenation really work?
Though brown spots, wrinkles, and prominent veins on the hands are all natural aspects of the aging process, non-invasive hand rejuvenation techniques are able to 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 the hands.
What are the results from hand rejuvenation treatment?
Some procedures, such as dermal fillers, provide immediate results, as soon as the procedure is complete. Laser treatments can make one or multiple treatments to reverse sun damage and remove brown spots. With minimally-invasive lasers, such as the AlexTrivantage laser, sun spots 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.
How do I get started with hand rejuvenation today?
Dr. Michele Green is an internationally renown expert in dermal fillers, Botox, cosmetic injectables, laser treatments and other treatments to reverse the cosmetic 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, call the office of Dr. Michele Green today at 212-535-3088 or contact us online to schedule a consultation to discuss your concerns.