Hand rejuvenation and what you need to know

What Is Hand Rejuvenation and How Does It Work? as well as What to Expect


To improve the signs of aging skin on our hands, there are a surprising variety of choices. Many people are surprised to learn that our hands are one of the first parts of our bodies to show signs of age. From constant washing to sun exposure to simply being in motion nearly 24 hours a day – it’s no surprise that the skin on our hands breaks down first.

When it comes to aging and attractiveness, the hands are a frequently overlooked and undervalued part of the body. If you want to determine someone’s age at a cocktail party, all you have to do is a glance at their hands, according to a popular anecdote among plastic surgeons.


Wrinkles, loss of volume, loss of elasticity, increased visibility of veins, and pigmentation are all linked with aging hands, patients worry as they become older. All these issues can be addressed with hand rejuvenation surgery.


What is hand rejuvenation and how does it work? 

Hand rejuvenation treatments reduce wrinkles, minimize visible veins, fades

brown spots, and improve skin tone, effectively turning back the clock. Because our hands are one of the first regions to show signs of aging, they’re constantly exposed to harmful UV rays, and treatments to make our hands look younger are just as popular as those for our faces. Because each one focuses on a different issue, many people combine a few to reach their objectives.


It refers to a group of procedures aimed at improving the appearance of the hands. These procedures can range from laser resurfacing to fat grafting and injectable fillers to soften the look on the tops of the hands.


Our hands bear a substantial load and, because of their exposure to the environment and high functionality, show significant symptoms of time and aging as we travel through our lives.



What are the advantages of having your hands rejuvenated?


The benefits of any surgical intervention are dependent on the patient’s primary concern as well as their level of comfort with various treatments. Some people, for example, may feel comfortable with fillers but not yet with fat transfer.


To restore lost volume and stimulate collagen to reduce wrinkled skin, fillers and fat grafting are the best options. Of the many therapies and their advantages.  For pigmentation, lasers such as Fraxel, IPL, or chemical peels are preferable; sclerotherapy might be utilized for certain veins.


Fat grafting stands out not only as a superior solution but one that should be accepted as the standard technique for patients wanting younger-looking hands, according to a 2016 article in the Journal of Hand Surgery. Although some of the fat transplanted (by liposuction) will be reabsorbed, the fat that remains will give a long-term solution to the volume decrease in the hands.


What therapy choices do I have?

Noninvasive surgical procedures for smoothing and enhancing the hands are available, so there is a treatment for every problem and patient comfort level.

Filler injections

Temporary dermal fillers, which are the most accessible treatment option, can be injected into numerous places other than the face that have lost volume, including the hands.



Dermal fillers for hand rejuvenation produce apparent benefits right away, but they will get better as collagen formation is encouraged. The effects can linger for as long as a year. Usually, maintenance procedures are required every six to nine months. Limiting sun exposure and taking good care of your skin will help you keep your results.




Chemical peels

Chemical peels, which use a chemical solution (potencies can vary depending on the severity of hyperpigmentation) to slough off the top superficial layers of skin to allow new, fresher, and more evenly toned skin to the surface, are a step up on the scale of noninvasive options for lightening dark spots on the hands.



Your skin will be red, tight, itchy, or puffy following a chemical peel of any depth. Follow your doctor’s recommendations for skin care, including washing, moisturizing, and wearing sunscreen and protective ointments. Likewise, refrain from picking, rubbing, or scratching your skin. A sunburn-like reaction can happen after the treatment. Scaling and redness are typically followed by peeling. Following treatment, you might need bandages for a few days on all or some of the treated areas.

Laser resurfacing

Laser resurfacing is an excellent treatment for hyperpigmentation, sun damage caused by UVA and UVB rays, and textural irregularities. The laser is a narrower and more targeted procedure that reduces or removes superficial to moderately deep wrinkles on the face, hands, neck, and chest, resulting in fewer side effects and a faster recovery than traditional CO2 laser resurfacing, though Fraxel or IPL is also effective for pigmentation.



You’ll notice that your hands are smoother, younger-looking, and have fewer or no brown spots or veins. Stiffness, edema, and bruising will eventually go away. Even though your skin may remain pink for up to eight weeks, depigmentation shouldn’t occur since your skin tones should start blending naturally. If you underwent a less thorough operation, your doctor might advise having it repeated a month or two later to improve your outcomes.

Fat transfer

Fat grafting is a very effective way to replace volume that has been lost. Fat transfer also has the added benefit of transporting healthy, surviving stem cells from the donor area to the recipient tissue bed, allowing them to seem better at the cellular level and, as a result, effectively healing your hands from the inside out.

Because this is a surgical process, it begins with the liposuction of a body part with some fat to spare, followed by the refinement of the fat to remove impurities before being reinjected into the tops of the hands.



Hand rejuvenation with fat transfer produces benefits that are immediately noticeable but take time to fully develop. The outcomes will change as we age and will be significantly impacted by weight gain. Results can be maintained with proper skin care and moderate sun exposure.




Sclerotherapy, which involves the full removal of big, bulging veins, is another surgical option. However, patients must have adequate upper arm vein accessibility for IVs and blood samples to be performed.

These symptoms of aging & otherwise can be fixed with hand rejuvenation. When you enter a clinic for treatment, your specialist will be sure to target the areas that need it most, so you can walk out with youthful-looking hands.



Removal of Pigmentation

We’ve built a pigmentation plant on the backs of our hands throughout the years. Breaking up the pigmentation and eliminating age spots and freckles might help to “de-age” the appearance of the hands.

IPL, Fractional Laser, or a combination of both can be used to achieve this. Thermage for hands to tighten collagen is also an option for crepey skin. IPL is a high-intensity light that absorbs pigment. The first treatment disintegrates surface melanin, causing it to peel away.

Following therapies break apart “immature” brown patches in the deeper layers, allowing the body to sweep them away internally. Sun protection after treatment will help to prolong the healing process and maybe avoid recurrence.

The treatment breaks apart the pigment molecules, allowing the body to whisk them away. In most cases, a brief series of IPL treatments will result in a near-complete removal of sun-induced pigmentation.



You should anticipate some light redness following treatment. Additionally, you could notice that some of your freckles have darkened. This is typical since the skin’s surface naturally sheds the pigment.

It’s typical for the area to feel a little heated after the laser pigmentation removal procedure. Localized edema, redness, and moderate soreness are sometimes reported by patients. There will be some pigmentation darkening and the skin will appear darker, especially where there is sun damage, sunspots, or freckles. This is a typical and expected response that denotes a successful course of treatment and will go away naturally.


Skin tightening


Thermage for Hands employs radiofrequency to tighten the collagen in the skin, which helps to prevent your skin from looking tissue-like as it thins. Existing collagen is tightened, and new collagen is produced because of energy pulses. Your hands get firmer and younger as your natural collagen grows and thickens. Thermage is a single-treatment therapy that enhances the look of the skin over time.



After the initial laser skin tightening surgery, you should start to notice some skin tightening. With each additional treatment, the outcomes will become more obvious. You won’t need much recuperation time because there are no incisions made during the entire process, which is carried out with a laser. Following the operation, you might experience some small swelling or redness for a few days. This is typical and should go away on its own.


You should see noticeable benefits soon after the treatment.  By using this skin tightening treatment, we can treat the patient more effectively while avoiding harm to the skin’s outermost layer. The skin is not severely damaged, which reduces the amount of time needed for recovery.



VIDA has you covered when it comes to beauty services that are affordable, high-quality, and performed by some of the greatest professionals in the area. We use only the most effective skills and procedures with our top-of-the-line equipment to ensure you leave our clinic looking your best.


You will be given a detailed plan of the therapies that will greatly help you during your office appointment. Please get in touch with VIDA to learn more about our services.


Dr. Alejandro Quiroz

Dr. Quiroz is our board-certified Chief Plastic Surgeon at VIDA Clinic in Tijuana. He specializes in Facial Rejuvenation, Neck lift, Buttock Augmentation, Breast Augmentation, Body Contouring and more. He is member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, San Diego Plastic Surgery Society, the Mexican Society of Aesthetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and the Mexican Council of Aesthetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, to mention a few.