Discover the top anti-aging treatments to erase the most common signs of premature aging on one of the most often overlooked body parts.

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Anti-aging experts say you have three "faces," 1) your literal face; 2) your neck and decollete; and 3) your hands. Unfortunately, most of us rarely treat number three as well as numbers one and two, leaving our hands to reveal our years. Fortunately, to each problem betraying your age, there is a fix to reverse the signs of time.

The Problem: Age Spots

Often mistakenly considered a natural sign of aging, “age spots” on the hands are actually a result of sun damage. The location and density of these spots help determine the best course of treatment.

According to Dr. Martie Gidon, MD, FRCPC, of Gidon Aesthetics & MediSpa in Toronto, intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments are effective at gently fading out spots on the hands. For isolated spots, Dr. Gidon recommends PicoSure and KTP laser treatments. If the spots are raised, liquid nitrogen or cautery may be ideal.

“Unfortunately, some brown spots can be stubborn and lighten but not completely fade,” warns Dr. Gidon. “Fading creams, particularly a tretinoin cream, may be added for aftercare maintenance and improved results.”

Cost: $150 to $300 per treatment

The Problem: Skeleton Hands

For treating loss of volume in the hands, Dr. Mansour Bendago, MD, FRCPC, of Toronto Cosmetic Clinic recommends fat transfer treatments. “This treatment draws fat from another area of the body, such as the abdomen, refines and clears the fat of blood and then transfers it to the hands, filling in hollowness,” he explains. “The outcome is to create a fuller appearance in the hands and, as a bonus, skin elasticity and texture are improved.”

While some patients may need only one session, other patients may need two to three sessions to reach their desired results. Dr. Bendago recommends spacing sessions every three to four months apart as needed.

Cost: $3,000 to $5,000 per treatment

The Problem: Crepey Skin

If the skin on your hands appears uneven in texture, similar to crepe paper, non-invasive non-ablative Fraxel Dual laser and CO2 ablative fractional laser treatments are the best prescription. “Both treatments use light and heat to promote collagen production, which plumps and smooths skin,” says Dr. Gidon. Five sessions are recommended to achieve your desired results.

Cost: $650 to $1,000 per treatment

More Than Moisture

These anti-aging moisturizers go far beyond restoring hydration.

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Luxe Pick: Clé de Peau Beauté Hand Cream with SPF ($95, Nordstrom, Saks and Holt Renfrew)

Steal: Hand Chemistry ($20, The Abnormal Beauty Company stores or deciem.com)

Salon Recommended: Dermalogica Multivitamin Hand and Nail Treatment ($37, dermalogica.com)