The saying goes ‘If you want to know a woman’s age, look at her hands’. Our hands can show signs of ageing more than other parts of the body. In fact, sun-damaged, wrinkled, veiny hands can even make you look older than you really are.
Why have I started to notice my hands look older?
As you get older, the skin on your hands is one of the first areas to show signs of ageing. The skin becomes thinner and is subject to daily wear and tear. They lose volume, fat and elasticity, especially after the menopause, becoming translucent and shrivelled so that tendons and veins show more easily, and age spots can appear. The hand can sometimes look bony and hollow because of the loss of muscle bulk between fingers creates. The skin on this area of the body is naturally thin but becomes thinner and rougher with time due to the constant exposure to the sun and the elements.
What is hand rejuvenation?
Hand rejuvenation is the term used to describe treatments for ageing hands that can reverse these signs for smoother, fresher-looking skin and less prominent hand veins.
What treatments does Nurse Julie offer for hand rejuvenation?
Nurse Julie offers Ellanse’ collagen stimulating injectable dermal fillers for the ageing hand which has a unique mode of action. It corrects wrinkles on hands by adding volume to regain skin elasticity; it also works as by giving skin an immediate lifting and contouring effect. An additional treatment that can be used are Restylane Skinboosters which nourish the skin and are especially designed to deliver deep-skin hydration. In turn, by increasing the hydration levels within the skin will deliver lasting moisturisation and improvements on the skin’s surface, creating a fresh and natural look. It involves a series of hydrating micro-injections of long-lasting hyaluronic acid.
How can hand rejuvenation help me?
Hand rejuvenation improves the quality and texture of your skin while decreasing wrinkles and prominent veins.
Does hand rejuvenation hurt?
Any injection can have a little bit of discomfort, but the needles used for dermal filler injections are very thin and they are changed throughout the treatment to prevent them from blunting, so any discomfort is very minimal. In Nurse Julie’s experience, some patients feel a bit more discomfort when they are stressed, tired, or have consumed an excess of alcohol the night before. In addition, in Nurse Julie’s experience, female patients at certain times of the month, around the menstruation cycle have proved to be a bit more sensitive. Everyone has a different pain threshold hold to others, so it really does depend on the individual.
What happens during the procedure?
Nurse Julie will apply numbing cream to the area before the injections to help keep any discomfort during the procedure to a minimum. Some of the dermal fillers have a small amount of lidocaine (anaesthetic) in them to help relieve any discomfort. The numbing effects wear off within 1 hour and it not the same as having injections (dental block) so you can carry on with your normal day to day activities.
How soon will I notice the results?
The collagen dermal filler provides an immediate lifting and tightening effect for volume with visible rejuvenation and the results improve over time. With Restylane Skinboosters, visible improvements for fresher-looking hand skin can be seen after just one treatment but we may recommend a course of three treatments spaced two to four weeks apart.
How long does a hand treatment last?
The unique formulation of Ellanse’ stimulates the production of new collagen, with a lifting and contouring effect that can last up to 1-4 years. Typically, a Restylane Skinboosters treatment programme consists of three initial sessions with two to four weeks apart.
Is there any downtime?
There is a risk of bruising but Nurse Julie will go through everything with you at the consultation. Overall, there is little to no downtime and you can resume normal activities right away.
*Assuming no bruising.
**Depending on severity, some patients may require further treatment at the time.