Can I Have A Show of Hands?

red_carpet_handMany Hollywood stars and other celebrities go through a great deal of effort to reverse the effects of aging on their face and body, but they frequently forget their hands.  Ultimately, their hands will tell a different story and betray their true age.

As an example, there are multiple articles and blog posts within the entertainment arena just about Madonna’s hands.  Not that I read them, of course.

However, rejuvenation of the hands is not a new procedure, nor does it involve cutting-edge technology.  The use of non-invasive and minimally invasive treatments on the hands is growing steadily.  In fact, many doctors who cater to the rich and famous in New York, Florida and California are combining existing treatments that are used routinely on the face, such as lasers and fillers, to rejuvenate the hands.

sun_damaged_handDespite the fact that many who use sunscreen routinely remember to protect their faces, their hands are often left without it. Exposure to the elements and to ultraviolet light leads to premature aging of the hands, indicated by wrinkling, crepiness, volume loss, and age spots.

hand_fraxelLasers that target superficial pigments in the skin can “clean up” the skin’s appearance fairly quickly.  I always warn patients that the laser will initially make the brown spots look darker for 3 to 4 days.

After that initial period though, the pigmented, darkened cells will flake off and gradually lighten the spots over several days to weeks.  Most hands can be improved significantly within 2-3 treatments.  I have done this treatment on my own hands, and the results were remarkable.

One other factor that makes hands look older is the loss of volume that exposes the veins and tendons of the upper surface of the hands.  Dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid can quickly and easily restore the volume and restore a more youthful appearance to this area.

hands_dermal_fillerIn some ways, injecting fillers into the hands is relatively comfortable after local topical numbing cream.  The procedure generally involves only one injection site in each hand.

Once the filler is injected, the top of the hands is then massaged, which spreads the filler material to all the nooks and crannies of the areas.  Improvement is noticeable immediately and then improves further over the next several weeks with hydration.

This use of filler is key if you want to get rid of the “grandmother” appearance of your hands.  Even better, the effects of the fillers will last at least a year.

So, when you check out all the celebrities as they walk the red carpet with Oscar season coming up, and they look great and seem younger than what Wikipedia tells you they are, check out their hands.  If they are showing off their wrinkle-free and youthful appearing hands, they have obviously been catching on to the new trend of hand rejuvenation (and/or they have been reading my blog and getting inspiration from my expert advice!)

If you want to have your own hands evaluated and a plan developed to turn back the “hands of time”, call (207) 873-2158 to schedule your free consultation.  Depending on the state of your skin over the surface of your hands, multiple modalities may be needed.  In the end, however, your hands will thank you for it.

About Dr. John Burke

John Burke M.D. has practiced medicine for over 25 years, and is the founding partner of MidMaine Internal Medicine. He established Maine Laser Skin Care in 2004 after devoting years to learning the latest in laser and dermatologic technology. Dr. Burke has treated patients from all over the United States. He is one of Maine's busiest practitioners in laser treatments, and in the use of Botox for upper facial lines and excessive sweating.
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