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When it comes to revealing a person‟s age, hands down, the back of the hand is more telling than the face and neck. Fortunately, dermatologists are applying new technologies to add volume to the hand as well as remove dark brown “age spots” to reverse these telltale signs of aging.
At the American Academy of Dermatology's Summer Academy Meeting 2011 in New York, dermatologist Dee Anna Glaser, MD, FAAD, director of cosmetic and laser surgery, vice-chairman and professor, department of dermatology at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, presented the latest advances in treating the aging hand, including restoring volume with the use of fillers or a patient‟s own fat and improving texture and overall skin tone with new laser technologies.
“As we age, our hands tend to lose their firmness and volume and the veins and tendons become more pronounced,” says Glaser. “In addition, changes in texture where the skin appears crinkled or is marked with spots, commonly called liver spots or age spots, are the hallmarks of an aging hand.”
As more individuals become conscious of how their hands may disproportionately show their age, Glaser explained that dermatologists now are applying rejuvenation techniques to the hand that have long been successful in treating the face. While these techniques are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treating the face, they are not yet approved for use on the hand.
Glaser discussed how fillers have been used for years to restore volume loss in the face, specifically to the cheek, to smooth the crease that forms along the bottom of the nose to the corners of the mouth. Applying a similar approach, dermatologists now are using fillers to re-establish fullness in the hands.