My Arms and Hands Give Away My Age. What Can I Do?

aging handsOur hands and arms are visible in everything we do in daily life. They often get neglected because we focus our anti-aging efforts on our faces, necks, and chests. Thus, the old saying, “If you really want to know a woman’s age, look at her hands.”

Excessive exposure to UV radiation, free radicals, and pollution damages our skin as we age. Brown spots develop on our hands and arms and gradually increase in size and number. The skin also experiences a decrease in the production of collagen and elastin. Slowly, the skin will become loose, start to sag, and develop a crepe paper-like texture with fine wrinkles. Volume loss leaves bones, blood vessels, and tendons to more prominently show, revealing our age.

Luckily, there are numerous safe and effective treatments to combat the signs of aging on the hands and arms. A great place to start is using a topical cosmeceutical cream daily, such as DefenAge® 10 Luxe Hand and Body Cream, Neocutis® Neo Body, or skinfo® Strengthening Body Cream. When topical products aren’t enough to achieve the desired results, procedure plans are developed and tailored to meet each patient’s needs. A single treatment with a Q-Switch laser can easily remove brown spots on the hands and arms if there are only a few spots. Fraxel® Dual or LaseMD® laser treatments are excellent choices when more extensive treatment is needed. These lasers not only reduce brown spots but also improve the texture of the skin.

Gently placing an injectable filler, such as Radiesse™️, under the skin on the back of the hand can correct volume loss. The filler lifts the skin off of the bones, blood vessels, and tendons to disguise them. The upper arm must also not get neglected. If too much fat exists on the back of the upper arm, CoolSculpting® can help minimize it. A filler, such as Sculptra®, can be injected to restore volume and smooth the skin if volume loss occurs on the upper inner arm.

If you are interested in treating your aging hands or arms please contact us by requesting a consultation or call/text 847.459.6400!