Summary: How can you make your hands look younger when the signs of aging begin to appear? It depends on what those actual signs of aging are. In many cases, your hands are beginning at something of a disadvantage, due to the fact that hands often have thin skin (it’s easier for your hands to be sensitive that way). Making your hands look younger often takes a cosmetic or plastic surgery procedure.
So How Can You Make Your Hands Look Younger?
The eyes might be the window to your soul, but there’s no getting around how much you use your hands to communicate. We all know that body language makes up a significant portion of communication (it’s why talking to someone on the phone often feels so… incomplete). And your hands make up a significant amount of that body language.
So if you really want to make an impression in terms of youth, one of the tricks is to make your hands look younger. In some part, that’s because the hands are one of the first areas of the body to really show the signs of aging.
Procedures to make your hands look more youthful can span the surgical and non surgical spectrum, which means that patients have no shortage of options available. So how can you make your hands look younger when they start showing the signs of aging first? Thankfully, there are a couple of ways–and figuring out which one is best for you often means articulating your hand rejuvenation goals.
Why Do the Hands Appear to Age so Quickly?
The first step in figuring out how to make your hands look younger is to determine why your hands are looking aged in the first place. When we think of the signs of aging, we usually identify three distinct visual markers: lines, wrinkles, and thin skin. Your hands tend to show all three, and they tend to be exceptionally visible.
Part of the reason for this is that your hands are already starting at a disadvantage. The primary purpose of your hands, after all, is to feel and touch things–and it accomplishes this best when there isn’t too much skin in the way. So even when you’re young, you’re going to have relatively thin skin around your hands.
As you age, this skin will stretch out (blame gravity and a breakdown of elastin in your body) even further. That’s why all those veins and blood vessels become a little more visible as you age (to say nothing of the ligaments, tendons, and bones). That thinner, excess skin also has no place to really go, leading to a significant development of lines and wrinkles around the hands.
Treatments for the Signs of Aging
So now that we know how hands start to show signs of aging, we can begin to understand how those signs might be treated. In other words, rejuvenating the hands depend on how your hands show the signs of aging.
Patients will have a couple of popular options to choose from:
- Dermal filler injections: If the skin around your hands is looking particularly thin or translucent, you might consider dermal filler injections. These filler injections provide volume to the hands, making it more difficult for light to travel through your skin. This makes your hands look more youthful (because your skin looks less see-through). These injections have the added bonus of eliminating some lines and wrinkles.
- Hand surgery: In some cases, dermal fillers aren’t going to be enough to address all of your hand rejuvenation concerns. In these cases, patients will sometimes opt for a hand surgery option. Hand surgery can be used to eliminate excess skin around the hands–thereby eliminating lines and wrinkles. It’s important to enlist a highly qualified hand surgeon, because you don’t want the elimination of excess skin to make the tissue around your hands to look even thinner.
Which solution works best for you will depend most significantly on the shape of your hands and what you want your desired final results are. In most cases, you and your hand surgeon (or a cosmetic or plastic surgeon) will make many of these decisions during the consultation process. So you won’t have to know everything all on your own!
You’ll Have Plenty of Options
The point, ultimately, is that patients will have many options to choose from, and that’s a good thing even though those decisions can occasionally be a little overwhelming. Whether a surgical or a non surgical approach works best–or fits best into your life–you’ll be able to see some hand rejuvenation results.
Which means you can be more confident about your overall ability to communicate. In many cases, the first thing your hands are going to communicate is your age–and people will often make all kinds of assumptions based on that little fact.
So, how can you make your hands look younger? There are plenty of options–the trick is finding the right one for you.
About the Author: Dan Voltz is a writer who has been focused on plastic and cosmetic surgery for over four years now. This article was written in conjunction with the team at Clear Lake Hand Center, run by Dr. Charles Polsen near Houston, TX.