Also known as hand enhancement. Hands are one of the first places where the telltale signs of aging become apparent. Even if you have taken steps to keep your face and neck looking youthful, sun-damaged, veiny, wrinkled hands can make you look older than you are. There are a number of effective techniques to rejuvenate your hands, improving the quality and texture of your skin, while decreasing the wrinkling and prominent veins.
When to Consider Hand Rejuvenation
- If your hands have prominent veins and tendons because of volume loss.
- If your hands are wrinkled and thin.
- If your hands have age spots.
- If your hands would benefit from improved skin tone and color
Hand rejuvenation reduces the wrinkling, prominent veins, and age spots to help your hands have a more youthful appearance.
Detailed Procedural Information
How is a Hand Rejuvenation procedure performed?
Whether you require volume replacement, correction of sun damage or erasure of lines and wrinkles, your surgeon has numerous treatment options to choose from. Most procedures are minimally invasive, but in the case of very loose, wrinkled skin, your plastic surgeon may also recommend surgery to remove excess skin.
- Fat injections
- Laser vein treatment
- Skin excision
- Laser skin resurfacing
- Intense pulsed light (IPL) and photodynamic therapy (PDT)
What are my options?
Some of the available options for hand rejuvenation are outlined below. These can be used alone or in combination to enhance the overall results. Your surgeon will recommend an approach based upon your treatment needs and aesthetic goals.
- Autologous fat grafting
- Flap SurgeryChemical peels, intense pulsed light (IPL), or laser skin resurfacing
- Photodynamic therapy (PDT)
- Sclerotherapy or laser vein treatments
- Skin excision
Preparing for Your Procedure
How do I prepare for a Hand Rejuvenation procedure?
Our surgeon will provide thorough preoperative instructions, answer any questions you may have, take a detailed medical history, and perform a physical exam to determine your fitness for surgery. If you are having laser skin resurfacing or a chemical peel, you may be placed on a pretreatment program during which you will apply special creams, lotions or gels to your skin for a few weeks or longer. You may also be given certain oral medications that you should begin taking prior to your treatment.
In advance of your procedure, your surgeon will ask you to:
- Stop smoking at least six weeks before undergoing surgery to promote better healing.
- Avoid taking aspirin, certain anti-inflammatory drugs and some herbal medications that can cause increased bleeding.
- You may be asked to take a shower and wash your hair with regular or antibacterial soap.
- Regardless of the type of surgery to be performed, hydration is very important before and after surgery for safe recovery.
Aftercare and Recovery
Our surgeon will discuss how long it will be before you can return to your normal level of activity and work. After surgery, you and your caregiver will receive detailed instructions about your postsurgical care, including information about:
- Normal symptoms you will experience.
- Potential signs of complication.
It is vitally important that you follow all patient care instructions provided by your surgeon. This will include information about wearing compression garments, taking an antibiotic if prescribed and the level and type of activity that is safe. Immediately after surgery your hands will be bruised, swollen, and stiff. Immediately after surgery your hands will be bruised, swollen, and stiff.