Help With Aging Hands: How To Turn Back The Clock

What’s the key to keeping up a youthful appearance? Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins suggests proper skin care with medical grade skin care products, using sunscreen daily, regular aesthetic medical treatments (such as facials, chemical peels, laser treatments) and wrinkle treatments (Botox, dermal fillers) along with routinely exercising and eating well. If you’re already doing all of the above, wonderful! Are you taking the same care of your hands too? 
Hands can be a dead give away to what your “real” age is! In fact, hands tend to age faster than your face because the skin is thinner and they are usually subjected to more sun exposure over the years. So when the collagen and elastin start to break down on the back of your hands – due to a combination of aging and environmental exposure – the aging process happens rapidly. Aged hands lack plumpness and instead appear sunken with tendons and veins showing through the thin skin. Often “liver” spots (brown spots) appear too. If this has already happened to you, don’t fret, there are ways to reverse this aging. 
Dr. Perkins would treat pigment changes with the Q-switched 532 laser. The Q-switched laser works quickly and effectively to address brown spots.  Lost volume in the hands can be treated with fat grafting or through the use of a dermal filler like Radiesse (this will last for a year or more). Fat grafting is preferred over fillers as the results are more long-lasting (in terms of many years) and there is usually plenty of grafting material (the fat) to work with. Visit the Cosmetic Surgery Santa Barbara website for before-and-after pictures of hand rejuvenation
If your hands look good, and you want them to slow the aging process, here are a few tips:
  • Start your regimen now, even if your hands show no sign of aging! Once the signs of aging starts, it will happen fast, and you may be too late. 
  • Protect them from the sun. Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen daily and don’t forget to reapply. Hand washing and hand sanitizers will make the sunscreen less effective. Choose a sunscreen that provides a physical block – look for ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Wear gloves when driving, especially if going long distances and/or in intense sun.
  • Keep your mitts moisturized! Use a thick hand cream at night to replace lost moisture. Minimize contact with water by using gloves when washing dishes and replace some hand washing with hand sanitizer. For extra dry skin, treat yourself to a paraffin wax treatment (often accompanied with a manicure or with an Evolutions’ Signature Facial!). 
  • Ask for advice. If you see the beginning of thinning skin or hyper pigmentation, ask a professional about special creams such as tretinoin (also known as Retin-A) that may help boost collagen production and address brown spots. There are also physician grade products for the face that could be used on the hands as well. 
Taking charge of your hand treatment now will help their appearance for many years to come! 
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If you are interested in hand rejuvenation using fat grafting or dermal fillers, call Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara (805-563-0000) to schedule an appointment with Dr. Perkins

If you are interested in learning more about physician grade skin care products, stop by Evolutions Medical & Day Spa in Santa Barbara (805-687-0212). 

Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Center Looking for Clinical Trial Candidates for Face Lifts, Fat Grafting, Liposuction, and Rhinoplasty (Nose Job)

Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Perkins is performing clinical studies and looking for study subjects. In return for your assistance, the people chosen will receive 25% off Dr. Perkins’ fee at Cosmetic Surgery Center Santa Barbara on the following cosmetic surgery procedures:

  • Facelift: A facelift mainly addresses skin laxity in the cheek and neck. It will reposition, refine, and support deep tissues like the midfacial fat pad and the jowl as well as tighten the skin. A Santa Barbara facelift end result is a rejuvenated, rested, and non-operated appearance.
  • Fat Grafting: During the aging process hands experience loss of fat volume. Cosmetic surgery of the hands (fat grafting) will add volume and can take many years off a person’s hands.
  • Liposuction: Liposuction is a way of removing/contouring the fat beneath the skin to re-shape a body area through a small incision. Most Santa Barbara liposuction procedures performed by Dr. Perkins can be done comfortably using local anesthesia plus sedation, which means no general anesthesia. Areas most commonly treated by liposuction include the abdomen/chest/flanks, hips, thighs, neck and arms.
  • Rhinoplasty (Nose Job): Dr. Perkins can change the external shape of your nose through rhinoplasty by altering the bone, cartilage, and soft tissue underneath the skin allowing for a more ideal relationship among the parts.

Limit of 2 patients will be selected for each procedure. All cosmetic procedures performed by Dr. Perkins in his Santa Barbara cosmetic surgery center. Book a consultation with Dr. Perkins by calling the Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Center at 805.563.0000.

Restrictions:Clients must be appropriate candidates for procedure (as determined in a consultation with Dr. Perkins) and clients must be willing to allow before and after pictures to be used for promotion.