COSMETIC DERMATOLOGY AND SKIN CARE FOR Plano, Frisco, and the Dallas Fortworth metroplex in Texas
We often hear that the eyes are one of the first parts of the face to show the signs of aging. This is because the skin around the eyes is so thin. The skin on the hands, however, is not much different. This area of the body is one of the first to deflate and wrinkle not only because of the thickness of the skin but also because the hands get a lot of exposure to UV light. The ultraviolet light in sunshine degrades healthy collagen, and healthy collagen, along with hyaluronic acid and elastin, is vital to plump, firm, youthful skin. When the body’s supply of critical skin-boosting chemicals declines, it may be time to consider hand rejuvenation. We are proud to provide this minimally-invasive service in our Plano facility, built for positive patient-centered care!
What is Hand Rejuvenation?
There are a few different ways to address the signs of aging on the backs of the hands. All are important because the hands are a part of the body that is highly visible and impossible to hide. So when the signs of aging develop here, there is no way to disguise them. Our hand rejuvenation technique restores plumpness and structure to this part of the body in a way that requires zero downtime. In our Plano office, we quickly restore plumpness to the hands using a soft, natural-looking dermal filler that works via the power of water molecules already present in the skin.
Who is a candidate for Hand Rejuvenation?
Adults of all ages can be good candidates for hand rejuvenation using dermal fillers. This nonsurgical, non-thermal, minimally-invasive treatment is done through a single entry point. It is designed to reduce the prominence of veins and the bony structures of the backs of the hands, which can occur at any age. So, while we call it hand rejuvenation, it could really be hand enhancement in some cases. Patients should be in good general health and have no allergies to lidocaine. It is also important to understand the temporary nature of dermal fillers and their limitations. While our injection therapy for aging hands can add volume, dermal fillers do not correct other signs of aging such as dark spots.
How should I prepare for Hand Rejuvenation?
While minimally-invasive and performed through only a couple of entry-points, hand rejuvenation using dermal fillers can cause swelling and bruising. Patients are encouraged to avoid medications and supplements that thin the blood. Examples include aspirin and vitamin E. Alcohol can also thin the blood and could be limited or avoided completely in the 24 hours before receiving injections.
Is Hand Rejuvenation painful?
Injections of dermal filler anywhere on the face or body can be slightly uncomfortable. Fortunately, the products that are commonly used for hand rejuvenation, like Juvéderm and Radiesse, are made with a mild anesthetic, lidocaine, to ease the pinch of the tiny needle. Hand rejuvenation is a quick procedure during which patients might feel a slight pinprick. There is usually no sensation of burning or stinging, and the mild pinch lasts just a moment. To make the process even more comfortable, a provider may apply a topical numbing agent before administering injections. The downside to topical analgesics is that they can take 30 minutes or more to start working.
Recommended treatments :
- Injectable Fillers
Dermal Fillers are the treatment of choice for reversing or correcting the prominent veins and hollow look or scrawny look caused by muscle wasting from disuse and fat loss beneath the skin with hand aging. To instantly refresh old-looking hands with enlarged veins and a bony appearance, injectable fillers such as Juvéderm and Radiesse can add volume and plump up the skin on the back of your hands.
The hyaluronic acid present in the Juvéderm attracts water and rehydrates the skin for a period of 10 to 12 months, and is best used for first-time treatments or patients with thinner skin. Radiesse, a calcium hydroxyapatite filler, will also stimulate collagen and last the same duration. An added benefit is that new collagen formation is promoted for more long-term beneficial effects.
The amount required for hand filling is variable, it depends on the patient’s anatomy, and where the patient wants to get to in terms of results. Dr. Fiona Wright will assess your hands and decide on the best dose after taking a history and performing an examination. The treatment takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes and a local anesthetic is on hand to reduce any discomfort factor.
What is recovery like from Hand Rejuvenation?
Post-injections, patients might experience minor swelling and redness. The insertion point for our small needle may develop a small scab or may bleed for a short time after the appointment. A bandage applied over the hand can mitigate this side effect. To keep swelling and the potential for bruising to a minimum, patients may be advised to avoid strenuous exercise for 24 to 48 hours. Sun exposure and excessive heat should also be postponed for a day or two after hand rejuvenation with dermal fillers.
Will I need more treatment in the future?
Yes. Dermal fillers can last from 6 to 9 months. Sometimes, they can last longer. The duration of results depends on factors such as sun exposure and genetics. The body will break down hyaluronic acid at its own unique pace. As this happens, touch-ups can be scheduled to keep the hands from aging more quickly than you’d like.
Is there any after-care required?
There is usually no special aftercare required when getting dermal fillers injected into the backs of the hands. If the provider makes any recommendations, such as gently massaging the hands to disperse the filler, these should be followed. If this is not recommended, it should not be done. If you have questions about your provider’s recommendations, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (972) 608-0808.