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    What are your hands revealing about your age?


    When you go out in the summer sunshine you probably remember to put on sunscreen and a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes. Maybe you even wear a hat to protect the tips of your ears or to prevent your hair color from fading. But what about your hands? Unless you working with toxic chemicals, harsh detergents or risk being exposed to blood-borne pathogens, you probably don’t consider that your hands are subject to a lot of contact with your environment! It’s because of all this exposure that our hands are one of the first places to start showing the signs of aging.

    The natural process of aging, along with exposure to sunlight causes “age spots.” These are those darkened spots you see on your hands. It also can cause precancerous growth. In addition to these changes in the appearance of your hands, loss of fatty tissue also occurs. This can cause your hands to look very fragile, thin and frail and make your blood vessels appear more prominent.

    Hand rejuvenation surgery can help restore the appearance of your hands, making them look vibrant and youthful. There are various cosmetic treatment options available to help you achieve remarkable results. Cosmetic surgery provides results that can’t be erased. They’re permanent. To help you decide if surgery is the right option for you, take a look at the following frequently questions and answers.

    Is hand rejuvenation treatment right for me?
    If you want to enhance the appearance of your hands, you may be an excellent candidate for hand rejuvenation treatments. People have these treatments for various reasons, but some of most common reasons include:
    To enhance appearance
    To boost self-confidence
    To achieve smoother looking skin
    To restore more youthful looking hands

    Keep in mind tell goal of cosmetic surgery is to improve your appearance, not to achieve perfection. Try to keep your expectations realistic. Discussing your goals with your doctor will help determine if you are a good candidate for hand rejuvenation.

    Where do I start?
    The physician you choose should have extensive experience in performing hand surgery and rejuvenation. He will consult with you to learn more about you and this provides you with the opportunity to discover more about your physician as well.

    You will have a consultation visit so your doctor can evaluate your skin’s current condition and discuss what options will best help you achieve the results you desire. Consultations also provide you with a chance to address your goals for treatment and to ask the doctor any questions you might have.

    What types of treatments are available?
    There are many different types of hand rejuvenation treatment options available. The most common treatments include:

    Chemical Peels: Chemical substances are applied to the skin causing age spots to fade and the underlying tissue to appear less translucent.

    Sclerotherapy: A solution is injected into prominent veins which causes irritation. They then start to fade and gradually disappear.

    Microderm-abrasion: This is a skin polishing procedure that superficially smooths off the first layer of skin using tiny crystals

    Laser skin resurfacing: Short bursts of laser light are used to remove veins and dark age spots.
    Injectable fillers: Fillers like fat, collagen or Restylane and Juvaderm are injected into the hand and give it a firmer and fuller, more youthful appearance.

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