The hands can show the signs of ageing just as much as the face and they are rarely as well as looked after. Ageing affects collagen production and, as the skin on the hands is so thin with limited underlying fat, this depletion of collagen becomes obvious very quickly.
There are a number of different hand rejuvenation procedures.
Cosmeceuticals; many of the cosmeceutical brands have products specifically aimed at the hands, but it is also true that their general ranges will produce the same anti-ageing results on the hands as they do on the face.
Skin peels; a chemical peel can come in different strengths, so for this delicate area the practitioner should apply a very gentle TCA peel that will reduce fine wrinkles and the effect of sun damage as well as generally improve the texture and tone of the skin.
Microdermabrasion; involves firing a sandblast of crystals at the skin, taking away the top layer of the skin and leaving it looking refreshed.
Dermal hydrating treatments; part of the hylauronic acid dermal filler ranges, these contain the smallest size gel particles and therefore are suitable for areas such as the hands and chest. Often done over a number of treatments to build up the effect.
Radiesse; a dermal filler which stimulates the skin to encourage collagen regrowth, so it produces instant results which continue to improve over time. Radiesse produces great results which last longer than the hyaluronic acid dermal fillers – it should last a year.
Sculptra; known as a volumiser rather than a filler, Sculptra stimulates the skin to grow more collagen and therefore thickens the skin – great in terms of hand rejuvenation. It doesn’t produce an instant result and might require more than one session, however the results will then last two or more years.
Dermaroller; this is also called medical micro-needling or collagen induction therapy and is an all-natural treatment. A sterile roller which has hundreds of ultra-fine needles that is rolled on the skin. This produces thousands of tiny ‘injuries’ to the skin; it is this process that stimulates the skin to produce collagen to repair the damage. Again done over a number of treatments – the results continue to improve with time.
Combination treatments; the new hot buzz in aesthetic circles is a treatment that combines dermaroller with dermal hydrating treatments for even better results.
Laser skin rejuvenation; fractional laser treatments reduce pores, tighten skin, improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles, remove sun damage and pigmentation and can be gentle enough to use on the hands.
Hand Rejuvenation: What will it cost me?
As the hand rejuvenation treatments are considered non-surgical and non-invasive then the price point is at the lower end of the scale. Laser treatments are the most expensive and a fractional laser treatment can cost anything from £300 to £1,000 per session with a course of four to six sessions being recommended.
See the individual hand rejuvenation treatments for their costs and for more information.