Aesthetic plastic surgery is now often used to soften the signs of ageing on the face – but the true ageing of the skin is often revealed by a quick glance at the hands.
If they look years older than the face, this can be a telltale sign that a facelift has taken place. Other patients complain of a significantly reduced sense of well-being when their hands look older than they are. This is often the case because many people’s hands are even more exposed to environmental influences than, for example, the face.
The undesirable symptoms of ageing – such as brown age spots, irregular pigmentation, skin tumours, thinning of the skin and protruding veins – are caused by the cumulative effects of UV radiation and constant contact with chemical substances.
In menopausal women, falling oestrogen levels lead to further thinning and drying of the skin. The hands are an expressive organ of our body – we use them for communication, nourishment and creative work. Whether we think about it or not, our hands are always in view. We will be happy to advise you on the possibilities of combining a facial plastic treatment such as a facelift, a forehead lift or wrinkle therapy with hand rejuvenation.
approx. 1 to 4 hours
local anaesthesia & twilight sleep
outpatient or 1 – 2 days inpatient
Fit for society
after approx. 7 days
after approx. 2 weeks
from € 2,800*
*billing according to GOÄ fee schedule
For people who suffer from visible ageing of their hands, there are several methods to reduce the signs of ageing or at least slow down the progression. Prevention is one of the keys to keeping hands looking youthful, so we advise our patients to massage leftover facial skin creams into the backs of their hands, for example, and to use sunscreens on the backs of their hands as well.
While there is no procedure or combination of treatments that will completely repair all damage to the hands, significant improvements are possible with the help of an aesthetic plastic surgeon and the following hand rejuvenation techniques, which we are happy to advise you on individually:
- Prescription of skin care substances: Lotions and creams containing fruit acids or other exfoliants may be successful for pre-existing skin dryness and mild sun damage.
- Microdermabrasio: This non-invasive peeling method uses a stream (jet) of microcrystals and suction to gently and superficially smooth the skin, reduce age spots and mild sun damage.
- Chemical peels: Superficial pigmentary disorders such as small brown spots and colour-changed areas can be treated with chemical peeling solutions. These formulations vary according to their specific compositions and concentration. It is very important to note that these treatments are used in very precise doses, as the skin on the back of the hand is more prone to scarring than facial skin.
- Intense Pulsed Light – IPL – pulsed light flash therapy: Proponents of the method consider it suitable for reducing the signs of ageing and discolouration. It is also said to stimulate collagen formation. The benefits of the treatment are said to be the improvement of skin texture and dermis thickness.
- CO2 and erbium lasers: are similar in effect but reach a little deeper into the skin than the IPL lamp, see above. To the extent that the effects are more effective in terms of thickening and tightening the skin and reducing pigmentation spots, the possible side effects and risks also become greater.
- Fat grafting: Another symptom of ageing skin on the hands is the loss of volume under the skin in the subcutaneous fat area. This can be corrected with an autologous fat injection. The fat is suctioned from another part of the body and rebuilds the soft tissues and compensates for the depressions between the metacarpals (usually in several sessions). It is important that this surgical treatment is performed by a specialist plastic surgeon such as Dr von Isenburg or Dr Neuhann-Lorenz, who is familiar with the anatomy and function of the anatomical structures on the hand.
- Sclerotherapy: Produces hand rejuvenation by reducing the prominence of veins on the back of the hand. A solution is injected directly into the vein, causing it to collapse and gradually disappear. This treatment does not affect skin pigmentation, so patients of all skin types can be treated – unlike with laser treatment.
Many of the methods listed can be used alone or in different combinations, depending on the change detected. Please feel free to contact us and we will advise you – also on the joint application of a facial treatment and hand rejuvenation. The healing phase after the techniques described usually takes a maximum of two weeks. And you do not have to expect severe pain either during or after the various hand rejuvenation treatment methods.
Hand rejuvenation usually serves to improve the external appearance. Therefore, the costs are not covered by health insurance.