Hand Rejuvenation is a cosmetic procedure that restores aging hands to a youthful appearance.
When it comes to taking care of our appearance, we often focus all of our attention on our faces. We treat ourselves to facials, botox, facelifts and strict skincare regimens. However, we often neglect our hands, which can add more years to our appearance than a forehead line or two! As time goes by, our hands begin to broadcast signs of aging such as bulging veins, prominent bones and tendons, rough skin, sun spots, and discoloration.
Aging of the hands happens both at the surface level and as a result of issues deeper in the tissue structure. Sun damage, volume depletion, and the natural effects of gravity can cause the signs of aging in the hands, many of which can appear prematurely.
At OAS Plastic Surgery we offer a non-surgical, minimally invasive hand rejuvenation treatment that can dramatically reduce the dreaded signs of aging on the hands.
WHAT CAUSES SIGNS OF AGING IN THE HANDS?
Besides the inevitable effect of “getting older,” there are many additional factors that inflict damage on our hands. As two body parts that are nearly constantly exposed, our hands have little protection from the elements. Clinical research has shown that many of the visible signs of aging such as sagging skin, age spots, and the overall deterioration of skin quality have a strong relationship with the cumulative effects of sun damage over time.
Excessive exposure to the sun overburdens your skin’s protective abilities: melanin and antioxidants. When this occurs, it causes oxidative stress.
Age spots, or sun spots occur when over time, the skin produces uneven amounts of melanin, resulting in clumps of pigment, and the brown spots that we see speckling those in beach communities.
Another unavoidable consequence of damage in the hands is aging. As we age, so do the soft tissues of the hand. We slow our production of collagen and elastin, which gives our skin firmness and elasticity, rather than sag with the pull of gravity. Our skin becomes thinner, and normal stores of fat become depleted. This is what causes skin to appear more transparent, and bones, tendons, and veins become more visible.
Hand rejuvenation offers solutions for the signs of aging that occur both on the surface and underneath your skin. Many of the non-surgical services that we offer at OAS Plastic Surgery can be adapted to restore the appearance of your hands, and your peace of mind.
Laser therapy is an effective way to permanently reduce existing discoloration on the backs of the hands.
The FDA-approved LaseMD treats fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, actinic keratosis, and a number of skin tone and texture concerns. Like other skin rejuvenation treatments, such as microneedling, the LaseMD creates microchannels in the skin that promote healing by building new collagen in the skin. These microchannels and their subsequent healing are enhanced by applying specially formulated topical agents that are rich in restorative vitamins.
Since beauty is more than skin deep, the other crucial part of hand rejuvenation is injections to fill in the crevices between bones and tendons. This creates a smooth, even surface to the hands, masks vibrant veins, and gives the hands a soft, plump, youthful appearance. Injections offer immediate results.
Depending on the appearance of your hands and your aesthetic goals, Dr. Suarez will be able to recommend the best dermal filler for you.
Radiesse is a dermal filler that is FDA-approved for use in the hands. With this treatment, lost volume in the hands is restored instantly, reducing the visibility of underlying veins and tendons and producing a smooth, youthful appearance.
Radiesse injections are designed with a long-lasting, volumizing formula made of calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres, which is a naturally-occurring substance in the body. The calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) is suspended in a gel solution that instantly replenishes volume upon injection. The natural properties of the CaHA microspheres activate collagen production of the treated area to restore your skin’s natural supportive structure.
Radiesse is one of the longest-lasting derma fillers, with results that can last from 18-24 months.
But for those who are seeking a longer-term or permanent natural solution, a fat transfer may be the best option. Fat transfers remove fat from the patient’s body, and then process it so that it can be injected into other areas. Why not make that extra fat work for you? Fat transfers are also used to restore volume in the face and as a natural breast augmentation.
Fat transfers are effective because it’s your own tissue. There’s no risk of an allergic reaction or rejection. Once the transferred fat establishes a new blood supply, it can continue to live healthily and provide natural volume to the site for years to come.
Dr. Suarez will advise whether you’re a good candidate for a fat transfer, Radiesse, and LaseMD for hand rejuvenation during your personal consultation.
During your consultation, you will receive detailed instructions on how to prepare for hand rejuvenation, and what to expect afterwards. These instructions will be tailored to your anatomy, taking into consideration whether you are eligible for fat grafting or if you’ve opted for Radiesse, which requires little to no preparation, and no recovery.
Fat grafting is a two-part process. The donor site will be prepared, and liposuction will be performed. Since a fat graft to the hand requires little fat, this should be a fairly fast procedure. After your fat has been treated and prepared for injection, Dr. Suarez will strategically place injections of fat below the skin to give your hands a beautiful, smooth appearance.
As your skin is receiving its laser treatment, you may feel some heat and mild discomfort depending on the intensity of the laser required. A treatment with the LaseMD has no downtime, although you may experience some redness and sensitivity immediately after your treatment. Depending on the severity of your age spots and sun damage, several sessions may be required to achieve optimal results.
HOW MUCH DOES HAND REJUVENATION COST?
The price of a hand rejuvenation will depend on the extent of the treatments and the techniques performed during the procedure. Dr. Suarez will explain the cost of each method to you during your personal consultation, and give you an accurate quote for your hand rejuvenation.