Hand Rejuvenation Techniques
One of the more telltale signs of aging lies in the appearance of our hands. Damage usually occurs from years of work, dishes, and using cleaning agents without gloves. But the number one cause of harm to the hands is no other than: sun damage.
Appearance Center surgeons will often improve signs of aging in the face, neck, and chest, but improvements cannot stop there. We offer a combination of minimally invasive treatments to reduce signs of aging in the hands.
Treatments range from the use of fillers to laser treatments and other skin care techniques.
Let’s take a look at your hands. What age do your hands portray?
Hands receive a lot of exposure. Whether it’s sun damage, overuse, or simply aging, they are the first places to start showing visible signs and lose their youthful glow. Some of the most common visual concerns include darkened spots (also known as age spots), precancerous growths, the loss of fatty tissue, and pronounced veins all making the hands look bony and worn out. Hand rejuvenation treatments help to counter these various problem areas and restore youthful looking hands. There are various treatment options available and often the combination of multiple approaches will achieve the desired result.
With a plethora of options available, it can be difficult to make a final decision. Talking to a healthcare provider can help determine the financial, and medical, options best suited to your needs. The most common procedures include:
- Chemical Peel: Chemicals are applied to the skin causing age spots to disappear while adding dimension to hand tissue.
- Sclerotherapy: Sclerosing solution is injected into visible undesirable veins. The chemical solution irritates the veins, causing them to turn white and gradually disappear.
- Microdermabrasion: A superficial skin polishing procedure which involves sanding off the first layer of skin with microscopic crystals.
- Laser Skin Resurfacing: Short bursts of laser light remove unsightly veins and dark “age” spots from the skin in a gentler alternative to chemical solutions.
- Injectable fillers (RADIESSE, Collagen, Restylane, etc.) – Fillers are injected into the hands in order to plump the skin, giving it a more youthful appearance.
One of the most popular dermal fillers for hand rejuvenation, and our favorite here at Appearance Center, is RADIESSE. RADIESSE is made up of Calcium Hydroxylapatite, also known as CaHA, which is comprised of thousands of microspheres suspended in an aqueous gel carrier.1 Once injected, the spheres provide immediate volume and correction to the affected area while also continuously working to stimulate the body's natural collagen production.1 Over time, the gel is metabolized through the body’s natural process’ and the CaHA microspheres leave behind a new cache of your own natural collagen.1
What does it help with / What are the expected results?
RADIESSE is a dermal hand filler that minimizes the appearance of veins, wrinkles, and loss of volume from aging in the hands. It is one of the only FDA approved fillers with immediate results that also promotes the long term boost of collagen. RADIESSE is also the only filler approved by the FDA to remove wrinkles from the hand.
What is the technique?
RADIESSE is injected under the skin using a cannula or needle, the procedure can take as little as 40 minutes but typically no longer than an hour. It is also FDA-approved to mix with lidocaine which is a local anesthetic. This results in a procedure that is comfortable, quick, and performed to maximum patient convenience. A recent clinical study found that 90% of patients treated with the RADIESSE lidocaine mixture reported a significant reduction in pain.
Another newer technique is the Fat Transfer. In this procedure, a small amount of fat is taken from one area of the body and transferred it elsewhere. In the case of Hand Rejuvenation it is deposited in the hands. It is reported to have long lasting effects and a high success rate with all types of patients. Despite positive feedback, there are still potential drawbacks in terms of final appearance and time-intensiveness. This is why it often combined with another method such as microdermabrasion or dermal fillers. The procedure includes small incisions on the back of the hand which allow the surgeon to gently makes room under the skin. After this, they then inject the harvested fat cells and then massage them to create a smooth contour and fill in any deflated areas. Soon after, the appearance of prominent bones and veins on the back of the hand is visibly reduced. If the desired result is not achieved, additional fat transfer or injection of dermal fillers like RADIESSE can be performed to maximize the original results.
No matter what technique your physician recommends, hand rejuvenation is an excellent way to reclaim a youthful glow and rejuvenate appearance in a beautiful natural way.