While maintaining a good skin regime will ensure healthy skin, time and age tend to catch up. With the onset of dark spots and textural changes, hands start showing signs of your age faster than the face. This is due to the intrinsic aging of the skin, a natural process that takes place over the years.
Our hands have a minimal amount of fat, and the constant exposure to sun, hot & cold weather, water from daily washing, and chemicals cause the skin of our hands to lose its elasticity or collagen causing them to wrinkle and show signs of aging. Simply speaking collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies and it’s what helps give our skin strength and elasticity, along with replacing dead skin cells. Collagen is essential for a healthy, wrinkle-free appearance. But as you lose collagen, your hands start showing signs of age that might include
- Tissue atrophy or loss of volume
- The appearance of wrinkles and lines
- Thinning of skin
- Prominent veins
- Changes in skin pigmentation of hands (sun spots)
While hands usually start looking older in one’s 20s, most people don’t recognize the signs of aging until they are in 30s or 40s. At Merz, we developed a photo numeric scale called Merz Hand Grading Scale (MHGS). This 5-point scale objectively quantifies the severity of aging of the hand on a visual scale and makes it easy for you to compare your hands to the scale. Take a look at the scale below.
Now that you have seen the photo numeric scale, you can easily compare and check if your hands are showing any signs of age. Are you at 0, i.e. no loss of fatty tissue or are your hands starting to show the signs of aging as in 3 & 4? If your hands match the picture on the 2,3,or 4 in the photo grading, then it might be time to do something.
With continued advances in the dermatology field, there are now options available to minimize the appearance of an aging hand. One of the most effective options is dermal fillers that have been used for years to restore volume loss to the face. However, now dermatologists are using fillers such as Radiesse® to restore the smooth skin of your hands. It is the first dermal filler approved by the USA FDA that can plump the skin and add volume to the back of your hands. Radiesse® is clinically tested to be safe and effective, and it can enhance the appearance of hand by
- stimulating the body’s collagen production
- creating natural-looking results that last up to a year
How does Radiesse® work? How long is the treatment? Also, how long do the effects last? If these are some of the questions that are on your mind, then stay tuned, and you will soon find out.