Summary: Do wrinkles on your hands matter? They might, when you’re going in for a job interview or heading out on a date. Our hands, after all, communicate a lot of information. So if you have wrinkles on your hands, there’s nowhere you can hide. For many people, that will be just fine. But some may feel self conscious and seek out treatments for wrinkles on the hand. There are several treatment options.

Do Wrinkles On Your Hands Matter? Really?

Why do wrinkles on your hands matter? As with any wrinkle, they’re natural, right? So why should we particularly bothered by wrinkles on the hands, and why are there cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures designed specifically to deal with these wrinkles? The answer lies in how special your hands on, both physiologically and socially.

Wrinkles anywhere on the body tend to be viewed as a sign of aging, even if this or that particular wrinkle had nothing to do with aging. (There are, after all, other things that can cause aging.)

So I think the way that wrinkles appear on the hands has a lot to do with how we view those wrinkles. For reasons we’ll get into in a minute, wrinkles on the hand can look particularly plentiful and pronounced, and that can make people feel old–older than they would otherwise. Do wrinkles on your hands matter? Not for any kind of health reasons, typically. But when it comes to aesthetics, they can certainly matter substantially to many people. And there are some things you can do about it.

Are Hand Wrinkles Different?

Your face gets plenty of wrinkles, and those wrinkles can certainly signify aging. What makes the wrinkles of your hand so different and special? The answer to that has much to do with the physiology of the hand:

  • The skin on your hands tends to be exceptionally thin alreadyFh. The thinking is that this helps with the sensitivity of your hands (and your hands do need to be sensitive). But from an aesthetic standpoint, this can leave your skin looking extra aged when your skin starts to stretch and get thinner.
  • Wrinkles tend to be interesting on the hands. In some cases, they’re due to thin skin, exposing the veins and arteries in the back of your hands. In other cases, excess skin might collect in certain areas, causing an excess of wrinkles and lines.
  • You likely use your hands every day. This can cause stress lines the same way it does on your face (where you might eventually see smile lines or concentration lines). These aren’t always the most apparent of wrinkles, but they can and do show up.

The biggest issue, however, is thin skin. As you age, your skin expands, it stretches (thanks to gravity with an assist from loss of elasticity). And as your skin stretches, it gets thinner. This can be an aesthetic issue on the back of the hands, where your skin is so thin already.

It also doesn’t help that your hands are so filled with stuff–ligaments, tendons, bones, and muscles are all really close to the surface, so that thin skin looks extra thin drawn out over all those anatomical features.

The Social Component

It also doesn’t help that your hands are incredibly vital to your communication with others. Sure, the words that come out of your mouth are important, but you use your hands a lot, too. Which means that people are always looking at your hands. So any indication of aging can be particularly pronounced. Wrinkles on your hands matter, then, because they’ll be seen much more often–and convey much more information–than wrinkles on your back, for example.

How to Treat Wrinkles in the Hands

There are several ways you can treat wrinkles of the hand, but treatments can basically be broken down into two categories: surgical and non surgical.

  • Surgical treatment is often referred to as a “hand lift,” and is either performed by a hand surgeon with plastic surgery training or a plastic surgeon with specialized hand training (there’s actually a fair bit of crossover). During a hand lift, excess skin will be removed in order to mitigate lines and wrinkles.
  • Non surgical treatment usually consists of treatment with dermal filler injections. These injections create volume between the skin and the tendons, ligaments, and bones of your hand. In other words, injectables can make your skin look thicker, which can therefore make your hands appear more youthful.

Whether you want to undergo hand treatment for wrinkles is, ultimately, up to you. There are benefits and drawbacks to each type of treatment. But your hands certainly do communicate a lot, and so it’s not uncommon for some people to feel particularly self-conscious about their hands as they age. Do wrinkles on your hands matter? Depends who you ask. But if they do matter to you, there ways you can treat those wrinkles.


About the Author: Nick Engebretson has been writing about cosmetic and plastic surgery for over twenty years. He has close relationships with surgeons, which drives his passion for transformational stories.

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