Summary: How noticeable are wrinkles on your hands? The question makes a fair bit of sense. You probably don’t think about your hands all that often. But you do use them–hundreds of times, every day. And your hands are a vital part of the way you communicate and your body language.
How Noticeable Are Wrinkles on Your Hands?
As you age, you’re going to get wrinkles. And those wrinkles will probably be noticeable just about everywhere. That’s just how wrinkles are, and that’s basically what aging entails. Of course, when those wrinkles become too noticeable–and when you don’t like those wrinkles–you have some options on how to handle them. But what about on your hands? How noticeable are wrinkles on your hands?
The trouble is that your hands themselves can be quite noticeable. Think about it. Your hands are always exposed, always visible. And your hands are always doing something.
After all, your hands are a vital part of the way you communicate. Most communication is transmitted nonverbally, and your hands are a big part of that. So your hands help you communicate, they help you accomplish all kinds of tasks–and they can be a vital part of your day to day life. But how noticeable are wrinkles on your hands. They’re there, sure, but how noticeable are they? And if those wrinkles are noticeable, what can you do to make them, well, a little less noticeable?
Where Do Wrinkles On Your Hands Come From?
Wrinkles tend to have many sources. The skin is complicated. The body, also, is complicated. And the ways in which they interact are–you guessed it–complicated. Sometimes it’s the way the skin lays on the hand. Sometimes it has to do with the thickness of the skin. Sometimes it’s a combination of both.
For most people, wrinkles on the hands are caused by thin skin. As you age, your skin becomes thinner–gravity is constantly pulling on and stretching out your skin. And little by little, day by day, your skin yields. Your hands already have pretty thin skin, so when it thins out, the signs of aging become even more apparent.
And here’s what that means: it’s easier to see through that skin, making all of the tendons and blood vessels beneath the surface more visible. Add to this the fact that lines and wrinkles do indeed form around the hands and you can see why your hands can feel much older all of the sudden (and it will seem to occur suddenly, even though this kind of thing occurs slowly and over years).
How to Keep Your Hands Looking Younger
So, let’s say those signs of aging have begun to appear around your hands (and it’s likely that they will at some point). What can you do about it? It’s not as though you can start wearing gloves everywhere or just keep your hands in your pockets permanently. If you’re feeling self-conscious about those signs of aging, you have few options.
Luckily, there are some ways to treat your hands to try to keep those signs of aging to a minimum. There are two basic schools of thought here:
The best way to make your hands look youthful is to keep the signs of aging away in the first place. There are several ways you can attempt to keep your skin looking healthy, but the most important ones are:
- Hydrate: keep yourself hydrated every day. This limits the possibility of your skin drying out at various points.
- Protect your skin from the sun: UV radiation from the sun can exacerbate all kinds of skin issues.
- Do not smoke: Smoking is terrible for your health, so you should avoid it on those grounds alone. But smoking can also cause significant wrinkle development.
Preventing wrinkles from occurring in the first place can help keep your hands looking (and feeling) more youthful.
If wrinkle prevention doesn’t work, you can always try any number of cosmetic procedures intended to make your hands look a bit younger than they actually are. One of the most popular such procedures is a series of injections using dermal fillers (usually a hyaluronic acid-based filler).
Once the fillers are injected, your skin will look less transparent. And when the skin on your hands looks less transparent, those same hands will look much more youthful. The results will typically last for 18 months or so, but if you really like the results you can get regular maintenance injections to keep them around.
Protect Your Hands
Your hands can be a vital part of your experience, both practically and aesthetically. Which means that it’s worth taking some time to protect your hands. And if they bother you, it’s certainly worth taking some time to treat or prevent the signs of aging around your hands. How noticeable are wrinkles on your hands? Well, that depends on your hands… and on you.
About the Author: Dan Voltz has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery for over four years. This article was written in conjunction with the staff at Clear Lake Hand Center, a Houston area hand clinic where Dr. Charles Polsen performs hand surgery for patients.