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Old Hands – New Tricks

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At PHI Clinic we are highly experienced in treating old hands and tired hands. Tell-tale ageing signs commonly appear on the hands, and similarly to the face and neck our hands are rarely hidden.

People have been investing in non-surgical prevention and rejuvenation for the face for decades now, with some phenomenal results attainable these days. After the face, your hands are the most conspicuous part of your body and, therefore, of significant aesthetic importance. They are constantly exposed to environmental factors such as chemicals and UV, and therefore age quickly. Ultimately, old hands will belie a fresh face and so it makes good sense that if you look after your face, you treat your hands as well.

As with all ageing, there are different elements to what comprises the perception of age.

Three key signs of old hands:

1. Volume loss – notable appearance of veins and tendons
2. Skin quality – laxity and dehydration
3. Skin tone – unevenness or age-spots (a key sign of ageing hands)

A youthful hand is full, lacking the appearance of veins or other underlying structures, with hydrated and even skin tone.

These days we are blessed to have many effective treatments for each of the indications of hand ageing. There is a specific solution for each problem, granting us a multi-faceted approach at plumping and refreshing.

To target volume loss in old hands, the most effective tool in our non-surgical kit is dermal filler, and the results are instant. By injecting a suitable filler into the hands – most commonly, a hyaluronic acid (HA) filler – we immediately create volume in the skin, softening and disguising tell-tale veins and tendons. This is done over one or two treatment sessions, maintained annually, on average.

Fillers for Old Hands

The added benefit of an HA filler is that one of its mechanisms is to attract water, thus producing a hydrating effect. For younger hands that are more dehydrated than lacking in volume, we can reach for skin-boosters which utilises the hydrating function of HA, restoring Hydrobalance, secondary to building volume, toning and revitalising thin skin. This is usually carried out as a course of three treatments over one to three months, boosted again at six months.

To address lax and “crepey” skin, we turn to micro-needling in the form of derma-roller. This uses controlled-injury to trigger wound-healing, which wakes everything up by realising an abundance of growth factors to regenerate the skin, without traumatising it. If you cut yourself, new collagen and elastin will be laid down, and it is this process that derma-roller harnesses. The hands are numbed with a local anaesthetic cream, sanitised and then rollered, the whole process takes approximately one hour. There may be some redness, heat and tightness to the skin following treatment, but this is short-lived, lasting an average of a day or two and does not compromise movement in any way.
The best results are seen with a course of three treatments, approximately six weeks apart with an annual freshener if required.

In addition to treatments that require needles, there are topical applications that help both skin quality and skin tone. Whilst over-the-counter creams may temporarily hydrate hands, you will need active ingredients that change and condition the skin cells for noticeable and long lasting results. For age spots and pigmentation we would look at a prescription peel or preparation, with active ingredients such as retinol to generate collagen, and pigment suppressors to target brown spots. A good example of VI Peel, carried out as a simple, in clinic procedure.

We are ageing all the time and these procedures are best carried out as a course to correct current concerns and prevent further damage. The procedures for old hands are all straightforward with comfort levels at an optimum and there is very little downtime. Not to forget, one of the simplest, most effective things we can all do is wear a good broad spectrum sunscreen (ideally 30 SPF and certified PA +++ ranking) rain or shine!

As an aesthetic practice, hand rejuvenation is extremely rewarding as you are reversing the signs of ageing hands in a way that many people do not realise is possible. It allows you to again draw attention to your hands with confidence, airing elegant or bold jewellery and nails.

For a consultation at our award winning five star PHI Clinic in the heart of London’s medical district call us on +44(0)207 034 5999 and our expertly trained staff will be delighted to assist you.

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