Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Can Your Hands Make You Look Older? New Treatments Help.

Volume Replacement & Skin Rejuvenation Can Turn Back The Hands Of Time.

Beverly Hills, CA - From the use of skin creams and moisturizers, Botox to face lifts, women take very good care of their faces - but their hands may still reveal their age.

A recent study suggests that while a cosmetic treatments can help make women look years younger, it's their hands that can still give away their true age. Published in the journal "Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery", the study which was conducted at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, England involved showing photos of only the hands of females of various ages to 71 women and 22 men at two British hospitals. The volunteers were asked to study the photos and estimate the ages of the women whose hands were depicted.

In most cases, more than half the volunteers were able to correctly estimate the age of the women within 10 years — younger than 20, 20 to 30, 30 to 40 and so forth. For example, 60 percent estimated the right age from a photo of the hands of a 17-year-old, and 90 percent correctly identified the age of the hands of a 78-year-old. Interestingly, only 15 percent were accurate within a decade when it came to a photo of 48-year-old hands.

The volunteers also studied hand photos that had been digitally altered to remove blemishes or pronounced veins and added nail polish or jewelry. Age estimates based on viewing the altered photos generally went lower for 40- and 50-year-old hands, though most volunteers were still able to identify hand photos of women in their 90s.

The study concludes that the physical characteristics that most commonly gave away age were thin-looking skin and prominent veins and wrinkles. Digitally removing those features tended to lower the age estimates.

"When the hands look years older than the face, that's a tell-tale sign that someone has had facial cosmetic surgery," says Andre Berger, MD, medical director of Rejuvalife Vitality Institute in Beverly Hills, CA. For those who are concerned about the appearance of their hands, Dr. Berger says there are several steps that can be taken to reverse the signs of aging:

"I tell patients to rub the excess creams and lotions that they use on their faces into the backs of their hands, and I also stress the importance of sunblock," says Dr. Berger.

Fat Grafting, Sculptra & Restylane Injectables: 
One of the most visible effects of aging on hands is a loss of volume. Structural fat grafting, taking fat from one part of the body and injecting it into the back of the hands (usually during more than one session), can restore the soft tissue that is lost with age and can also fill out the grooves between the bones, says Dr. Berger.
Laser treatment for sun spots, sun-damaged skin.
Reduction of prominent veins in the hands.

"It's likely that we will see an increase in the demand for procedures to reduce signs of aging in the hands," says Dr. Berger. "Many patients may elect to have their hands rejuvenated at the same time as they have their faces done, so that their results will look absolutely natural."

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