In the past it was said that a woman of a certain age has to choose: her figure or her face. This was because in the past, women who kept a certain level of weight into middle age also maintained a greater amount of fat in their face. Of course, a plumper more full set of cheeks and lips are indicators of youth, which meant those women who decided to keep their figure would not only keep off weight in their bodies, but also in their face, often leading to a more drawn, gaunt set of facial contours.
Luckily, however, cosmetic science intervened, and dermal fillers have allowed women of the 21st century to keep their figures and their faces, but literally ‘refill’ their lips, cheeks and other collagen deposits around the eyes to maintain a full, youthful appearance at any age. But there is one area that many women still don’t consider in this equation: the hands.
Most of us have seen pictures of older female celebrities like Madonna and Sarah Jessica Parker, who have maintained beautifully full and youthful faces, and yet have their age given away by their hands. That’s because, although they’ve gone to great lengths to stay youthful for the camera, for many, the hands are the one area they have struggled to maintain. Luckily, however, there are a number of new treatments designed to ensure no woman ever has to choose between her body or her hands.
Our hands are some of the hardest working and least cared for parts of our bodies. But in order to restore them to their former glory, there are a number of avenues that should be considered. These include Laser Rejuvenation, a new skin care regimen, and fillers.
Also known as Non-Ablative Laser Resurfacing, this process uses light energy to promote collagen renewal and stimulate the rejuvenation of the skin cells in the hands, while removing sun damage, blood vessels and unsightly pigmentation like sun spots. Carried out by an experienced practitioner, Laser Rejuvenation targets the various ‘structures’ of the dermis or skin, and because Non-Ablative Laser Resurfacing does not sacrifice the outer layer of the dermis, or create a raw surface that takes days to heal, you can walk straight out of a session and continue with your day. After just a few of these sessions you will start to notice age spots, pigmentation and other tell tale signs of ageing fade from your hands
While Laser Resurfacing can greatly reduce the appearance of your skin, sometimes it is not the skin’s surface that is the problem, rather it is the volume of collagen and tissue surrounding your hands that gives them a worn, aged look. Luckily, there are advanced dermal fillers and – with skilled application – they can be injected directly into the hands, literally ‘filling’ them out until they have regained their plump, youthful appearance. This procedure rarely takes more than an hour, and because all that is required are a few key injections, the effects are instant, with little or no down time.
So, once you’ve regained the healthy radiant hands you used to enjoy, make sure you protect them once and for all with a skin care regimen. As with facial skin, one of the most ageing influences on hands is the sun, so make sure you invest in a good sunscreen which contains blockers of UVA and UVB rays. After all, once you’ve regained you’re youthful hands, you’ll want to maintain them.