With new tools, improvements in technique and consumer confidence in dermal fillers are fueling the popularity of hand rejuvenation treatments. Sun-mottled, wrinkled, veiny hands shout one’s true age despite how young the face might look. Surgical hand-lifts are not an option, but aesthetic practitioners can subtly hide telltale signs of hand aging with a range of products and procedures.
Two main factors have led to an increase in patients requesting hand rejuvenation. First, patients are now familiar with devices and fillers for the face and feel comfortable and confident with them. Secondly, a plethora of new types of treatments can quickly, safely and effectively restore volume, smoothness and softness in the hands. Chemical peels, intense pulsed light (IPL) and laser therapies can improve sun damage and uneven skin tone, while dermal fillers can help remedy soft tissue loss.
Many of the dermal fillers routinely used in the face are also effective for hands, but currently only two product have FDA approval specifically for hands. The first, Radiesse, a calcium hydroxyapatite dermal filler, was approved in June 2015 to treat volume loss in the hands. The second, Restalyne Lyft (our office carries), became the first hyaluronic acid filler to gain FDA approval for hand rejuvenation in May 2018.
Typical hand rejuvenation patients are those who have successfully received filler for facial concerns and want to similarly improve the appearance of volume loss in their hands. Hands start to lose volume due to fat atrophy around age 40, leading to thinning skin, fine lines, and bulging veins. As one of the most exposed-to-the-elements body parts, hands are more likely to have photo damage.
For pigmentation complaints, our office recommends topical tretinoin, chemical peels, or foto-facials. For volume loss and general skin aging, we would suggest dermal fillers. This month, we are rolling out a new package. The Youthful Hands Package includes your dermal filler treatment, two photo rejuvenation treatments for pigmentation on the hands, and includes a FREE medical grade skin tightening and toning hand cream to help ensure a beautiful result for months to come! Schedule a consultation with Dr. Kjar to see if you are a candidate!