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Are Your Hands Making You Look Older?

Posted by Sara Barrett on Jan 26, 2015 12:43:00 PM

img1Have your hands betrayed you?

You use your hands for a lot of things – and chances are, you also use your hands to reveal your age. In fact, a study published in The Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal, participants accurately estimated a woman’s age just by looking at her hands.

A lot of women spend time and energy focusing on making their faces and necks look younger, but ignore their hands. Daily sun exposure, constant movement and even just letting hands become dry and exacerbate crepiness, dark spots and prominent veins.

By starting to pay a little attention to your hands, you can prevent and even start to reverse some of the damage.

Exfoliate & Moisturize

Gently buff the backs of your hands 2-3 times a month. This will help remove dry, dead skin so that moisturizers can better penetrate the skin. Then be sure to regularly slather on the hand lotion. 

Prevent Sun Damage

Hands are exposed to the sun practically 365 days a year. And even the people who consistently protect their faces with SPF typically neglect their hands. Overtime, sunlight breaks down skin’s collagen and elastin, causing wrinkles a crepey texture and a yellow or brown spots.

Make sure to apply a SPF 30 to your face and hands DAILY. Check out our top 5 sunscreens here. 

Build Collagen 

Simply applying a retinol cream on the backs of the hands every night will help to boost collagen.  Increase collagen not only reduces wrinkles, it can also camouflage prominent veins cause by a loss of the hands natural fat. Retinol can be drying, so make sure to add your regular moisturizer or hand cream on top.

Consider a Professional Treatment Route

If you want fast, more dramatic results, put your hands in the hands of experts.  Laser treatments, such as IPL (intense pulsed light), can help reduce age/sun spots and can improve the overall complexion of your hands.

Fillers and fat transfer can be also be used for overall hand rejuvenation.  The increase in volume helps with wrinkles and the appearance of veins and tendons.  For particularly large veins, sclerotherapy treatments can be very effective.

What treatment route is right for you? Request a complimentary consultation. 

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Topics: Anti Aging, Hand Rejuvenation, Age Spots

Dr. Kerr’s Skin Care Tips for Women’s Hands.

Posted by Sara Barrett on Nov 23, 2012 9:48:00 AM

It’s a fact that women’s hands age faster than men’s do. Why is this? One reason is that they tend to spend more time in the car. How much time have you spent running the kids to and from school, driving around doing errands, taking the kids to various extracurricular activities, and so on. Because of this, moms may be getting inadvertent sun exposure that leads to sunspots and age spots, loss of volume, and much more.

Even if you aren’t a mom, studies show that women tend to forget to take care of their hands when caring for their skin. The scary part? A woman’s hands are the tale-tell sign of her age. This means that even if you’ve spent all the money in the world on keeping your face as youthful as possible, your hands are letting everyone know your true age – a woman’s worst nightmare!  

Aging of the hands usually beings in mid 40’s or 50’s with discoloration and age spots. But, hands can begin to show signs of aging much earlier if they are frequently exposed to the sun without adequate protection.  In addition, by the 50’s, most people begin to lose volume in their hands with lead to more noticeable veins and tendons.

So, what can you do to keep your hands looking youthful or reverse the signs of aging that has already taken place? Dr. Brian Kerr of Silk Touch Med Spa and Laser Center offers handy tips on how to keep your hands as young you feel.  

Safeguard Hands From Damaging Sun

You’ve heard it before – sunscreen, sunscreen, and sunscreen! Even in the winter. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher. Reapply several times throughout the day, especially after you’ve washed your hands a few times.  In addition to applying sunscreen, try to find hand cream with SPF protectant and keep a tube in your purse, car or desk.  

Before you head out shopping for new sunscreen, check out our blog Everything you need to know about sunscreen.

Topicals Offer Mild Improvement/Prevention 

For women in their late 30s or early 40s, topicals containing glycolic acid or antioxidants are an inexpensive way to stimulate repair from sun damage on their hands. However, topicals must be started early before damage is too extensive.

Hydroquinone, tretinoin and retinoids cannot completely reverse signs of aging hands, but these topicals can be used to improve the skin and prevent further damage.

We carry various products that can help, including products from our Silk Touch Rx Line.  Call us at 208-939-3110 or stop by our new location – our staff will be happy to show you which products will work best for you.

Fill‘er Up

Fillers, such as Juvederm, Artefill or Radiesse are a fantastic way to restore fullness in the hands. They add volume to the back of the hand, lifting and shaping the skin. Ultimately diminishing the appearance of the veins and tendons, leaving you with smoother, more youthful looking hands.

Fillers can be done in the office in under an hour and requires no anesthesia.  Results are immediate and depending on the filler can last for a year or more. Artefill, is the newest long-lasting filler to hit the market and results have shown to last up to 7 years! Even better, where fillers used to leave you with bruises for weeks on end, new instruments used to administer filers have improved over the years. New cannulas with blunt tips now help to reduce temporary bruising.

Fat Transfer

Fat transfer hands 2009

In addition to fillers, in some circumstances – such a when a patient is already scheduled for liposuction - hands can be rejuvenated using fat transfer. A patient’s fat can be used to build volume in the hand. During this procedure, fat is injected into the hand to rebuild the lost shape.

Treating Texture and Pigment Changes

Microdermabrasion, chemical peel, and (IPL) intense pulsed light therapy may be used separately or in combination to remove sunspots, sun damage, and brown pigment.

These treatments  can treat uneven skin tone and texture, as well as age-related pigmentation changes such as age spots or liver spots. Fractionated lasers, such as non-ablative Affirm or ablative Co2s are  widely used to rejuvenate the face, improve skin tone and smooth fine lines on the hand by precisely targeting small sections of the deep layers of skin. The surrounding skin is left untreated to help stimulate healing.

Depending on the patient, three to six treatments may be needed for best results. Following treatment, the skin will turn red for about a week to 10 days and improvement in the appearance of the hand will increase gradually over time.

Pigment-specific lasers are used to treat dark brown spots on the hand by delivering a beam of light that penetrates the skin’s surface. Following treatment, brown spots appear darker for about a week then they will scab, fall off,  and then turn pink as the skin begins to heal. One to two treatments may be needed to improve pigmentation problems.

Time for Rejuvenation

It is never to late to start taking care of your hands. If you would like to explore the different ways we can help reverse signs of aging on your hands, call us to set up a free consultation.  Just give us a call at 208-939-3110. Alternatively, you can request an appointment online. 

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Topics: Skin Care, Artefill, Fat transfer, Hand Rejuvenation

Ant-aging: How to get younger looking hands.

Posted by Shannon Morgan on Jul 13, 2012 10:30:00 AM

We spend time and money trying to make the skin on our face look younger, but we often neglect the skin on our hands. Unfortunately, that's what tends to give away our age.

Like rings in a tree trunk - lines, creases, dark spots, and bulging veins on the back of your hands are the sneaky little tattletales that give away your age!

Dermatoligist Norma Narnins says that “hands are frequently exposed to sunlight and all it photoaging effects. While we would never consider exposing our face to sun without sun block , we often don’t remember to treat our hands the same way.”

In order to keep your hands looking at youthful as you feel, it is important to use a sunblock with with SPF15 or higher everyday, even if you think your hands will not be getting that much sun exposure. That means in the winter time too, ladies! Try and choose a moisturizer that contains SPF that way you are getting your daily sun protectant and your moisturizing all from one product. recently shared a video where they interviewed Coral Gables, FL, dermatologist Flor Mayoral, MD, to find out how to get our hands back in tip-top shape with the use of treatments such as radio-frequency, injectables and topical products. Watch the video to see what she says.

We do all of the procedures mentioned in the above video and more. Depending on the condition of your hands there are several popular treatment options available.

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At Silk Touch Med Spa, we individualize each treatment using a combination of approaches to achieve the most observable results.

Microdermabrasion, chemical peels and (IPL) intense pulsed light therapy can be used seperatley or in combination with each other to remove sun spots, sun damage, and brown pigment.

Dr. Brian Kerr can fill also fill in the hands by using either the patients own fat (fat transfers) or dermal fillers like Juvederm and Radiesse and Artefill.

You can be on your way to youthful hands again by contacting us for a FREE consultation. It’s that easy!

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Topics: Anti Aging, Artefill, Hand Rejuvenation, Before and After Photos, Sun Damage Treatments, Fillers