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Aging Hands

Aging Hands

  • Slide 1
    Beside the face and neck, no area of the body shows the appearance of aging as clearly as the back of the hands. As we age, our hands tend to lose their firmness and volume causing the veins and tendons become more pronounced. In addition, changes in texture where the skin appears crinkled or is marked with spots, commonly called ‘liver spots’ or ‘age spots,’ are the symptoms of an aging hand.
  • Slide 2
    While aging of the hands usually begins in the 40s or 50s with discoloration and age spots, hands can begin to show signs of aging earlier if they are repeatedly exposed to the sun without proper protection.

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Aging Hands

While aging of the hands usually begins in the 40s or 50s with discoloration and age spots, hands can begin to show signs of aging earlier if they are repeatedly exposed to the sun without proper protection. By the 50s and 60s, people may begin to lose volume in their hands making prominent veins and tendons more noticeable.

Causes

Sun exposure, as well as the natural aging process can create pigment changes. As collagen and fat in the hands dissipate, veins and tendons can take on a pronounced appearance, making the hands look bony and unattractive.

Risk Factors

Most patients will experience aging of the hands.

Symptoms

Besides the face and neck, no area of the body shows the appearance of aging as clearly as the back of the hands. As we age, our hands tend to lose their firmness and volume causing the veins and tendons to become more pronounced. In addition, changes in texture where the skin appears crinkled or is marked with spots—commonly called ‘liver spots’ or ‘age spots’—are the symptoms of an aging hand.

Diagnosis

Dr. Hendricks and his Physician Assistants are able to diagnose and recommend a proper treatment for aging hands.

*Source:

American Academy of Dermatology American Society for Dermatologic Surgery

Treatment

Treatment

Treatments include laser treatments and skin care products to target pigment changes. Fat transfer and fillers can target volume loss. A dermatologist can perform these treatments in a medical office.

Prevention

Loss of smoothness and plumpness in the hands is a natural and unavoidable part of the aging process. Avoid sun overexposure and use sunscreen. Overexposure can hasten the process.

Remember to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher on the hands and reapply throughout the day, especially after frequent hand-washing.

Keep a tube of sunscreen in the car and apply before driving. Use a hand cream with added sunscreen to provide a base layer of protection to the hands.

Wear gloves when doing yard work or playing outdoor sports. Golfers should consider wearing a glove on each hand to cover the backs of the hands.

*Source:

American Academy of Dermatology American Society for Dermatologic Surgery

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