Summary: Places where aging might first show can often surprise you. People are almost always looking at the more common areas–the face, the eyebrows, the nose, and so on–but sometimes you can be surprised where you find your first wrinkles. In many cases, the hands are one of the places that tend to show the signs of aging before you realize it.
Some Places Where Aging Might Show First
If you’re worried about the signs of aging, you’re probably keeping a sharp lookout. And you’re more than likely going to be focused on some of those more traditional signs of aging: gray hairs, wrinkles, lines, and so on. The problem here is that these more traditional signs of aging aren’t all that reliable.
I mean, sure, a wrinkle is a wrinkle. But wrinkles can develop for all kinds of reasons. The same is true with gray hairs. And while you’re focused on looking at those issues, you might miss the real signs of aging you should be looking at.
Ultimately, of course, we all age. There’s no getting around that. But there are definitely ways in which we might feel as though we age a little prematurely. This might happen when an individual sees the signs of aging before he or she feels that old. When you catch certain signs of aging earlier, you have more options in terms of treatments. That’s why the places where aging might show first can be somewhat… surprising.
Sign of Aging Number 1: The Hands
We all know that wrinkles and lines are generally considered to be signs of aging, even if age isn’t exactly the factor that always causes them. To a certain extent, that’s going to be true with almost all signs of aging (it’s that old, “it’s not the years, it’s the mileage” quote). But one area that you might want to start paying attention to is your hands.
The skin around your hands tends to be especially skin–but that’s especially true on the back of your hands. And the thin skin on the back of your hands can start to reveal tendons, bones, blood vessels–all that anatomy stuff.
And that can lead some people to feel rather self-conscious about their hands. Treatments include the use of dermal filler injections or even surgical procedures. Hand surgery to make the hands, overall, appear more youthful is a common approach because the results are effectively permanent–and patients can feel less self-conscious about what their hands look like.
Sign of Aging Number 2: The Eyes
One of the other areas of the body where aging tends to show first is around the eyes, but not necessarily in the way you’d expect. The eyes are important for a number of reasons, not least of which because they feature so prominently in terms of communication. Not to write too many cliches into a single article, but eyes really are the window to the soul–or, at least, that’s the cliche.
And so when the signs of aging do indeed start to show, they can interfere with our ability to emote and communicate. In addition to lines and wrinkles, individuals can develop bulges and droops. Excess tissue or out of position fat can both cause those so-called signs of aging.
The solution for this particular sign of aging is usually a procedure called a blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift. During an eyelid lift, excess tissue will be removed from the eyelids and any out of position pockets of fat will be put back where they are supposed to be. The eyes end up looking much more youthful and, well, communicative.
Sign of Aging Number 3: Wrinkles and Lines
Okay, so wrinkles and lines are indeed one of those signs of aging. There’s no getting around that. But it’s important to understand that not all wrinkles are created equally. Some wrinkles are caused by aging, but others might be exacerbated by your advancing years. Still other wrinkles might not be related to aging at all.
One of the best things you can do is to avoid activities that might contribute to the long term development of wrinkles. Chief among these activities would be smoking–avoid smoking at all costs (it’s good for your health, too). But also consider staying hydrated and wearing proper protection from the sun. Sun screen can go a long way towards keeping wrinkles and lines away.
In the event that wrinkles and lines do become too prevalent, treatments can include facelift or injectable procedures, depending on how comfortable the patient is with cosmetic or plastic surgery procedures.
At the end of the day, you’re going to age. What most patients are looking for is the ability to age at the pace that they desire. In other words, patients want to look as old as they feel. And in these cases, there are treatment options available. Just remember that aging doesn’t always show up when–and where–you expect. Places where aging might first show can surprise 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 offices of Houston hand surgeon Dr. Charles Polsen, a board certified plastic surgeon with a practice in Clear Lake, TX.