How to rejuvenate your hands?

What can you do if your hands look older than your face and body? Is it possible to rejuvenate the hands, for example with fillers and the right care?

Until now, the topic of skin aging was mainly about the face, neck and décolleté. Now, more and more often, the Beauty Doc is also focusing on the hands. How can hands be rejuvenated? Are there effective methods from aesthetic medicine or is intensive care enough? Dermatologist Dr. Sonja Sattler, founder of the renowned Rosenpark Clinic & BELLARI Rosenpark, answers these and other questions in a VIDEO interview.

Why do hands age particularly quickly?

“The hands are, so to speak, our daily work animalsand are therefore exposed to many strains. That is why they age particularly quickly if they are not cared for regularly.”

What makes hands look old?

“Often bony hands look old, where you can see the vessels – especially the veins – protruding. But this is also accompanied by dry or cracked skin on the hands.”

What does a sensible care routine look like?

“It makes sense to pamper the hands with a skin care cream in the morning and in the evening. A well-groomed hand is like a kind of figurehead and should be provided with UV protection on the back of the hand and fingers in the morning, even at a young age.”

What can be achieved with regular care?

“A distinction must be made between skin care creams and so-called ‘hand-protect creams’. Care creams keep the hands supple while ‘hand-protect creams’ are applied before the working day to protect the hands. The latter are usually somewhat more greasy and firmer in consistency, so that the hands already get protection through this and are not constantly exposed to water or the like, for example.”

For whom are peelings suitable?

“An oil peeling with granules or a peeling wash gel can be used so that the skin scales of the horny layer are better removed. This makes the hands smoother, however, chemical peeling is rarely used in practice.”

What can be done about age spots on hands?

“Icing of age spots is an effective method because the pigment-forming cells are sensitive to cold and are thus destroyed. Normal skin cells are not affected. This method is very fast and inexpensive. Alternatively, an IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) device is also used, or in special cases, a laser.”

Rejuvenate hands with laser?

“To improve the top layer of skin, you can use fractional laser. This shoots small ‘mini-holes’ in the skin, which create regeneration. With this method, you have downtime because the hands are very sensitive. As a result, everyday life is almost impossible to manage during this time. For this reason, laser therapy, from our point of view, is no longer the standard for treating the hands.”

Like the face, can the hands be treated with fillers?

“With this treatment, you have to know exactly what you are doing and where you place the fillers. They belong just under the skin, that is, in the very thin layer where the volume has been lost, still above the veins, nerves and tendons. To rejuvenate hands I prefer to combine fillers. Often the collagen stimulant calcium hydroxylapatite, which is placed over a wide area to thicken the skin and conceal what’s bony.”

Do treatments with autologous fat also make sense?

“For example, if you have autologous fat from liposuction, autologous fat therapy on the hands can be a very good solution. However, you shouldn’t go all the way to the operating table for it, because other materials are just as good for beautifying the hands.”

Would you recommend surgical tightening of the back of the hand?

“I have a background in surgery and trauma surgery, so I know how critically hands heal and how unsightly scars are there. The skin is paper thin on the hands, so surgical tightening of the hands is definitely not recommended.”

How do you care for your hands after treatments?

“It depends on which treatment you have done: After a filler treatment, you can continue to use and care for your hands normally. After a peel, IPL treatment or laser treatment, you should definitely apply UV protection for the next four to six weeks.”

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