Hands are one of the most used and most seen areas of the body. They are necessary to get work done, manage daily activities, and even enhance a conversation with gestures. Unfortunately, hands are also one of the first areas to show signs of aging. While many people are dedicated to caring for the skin on their faces, they are not as vigilant about their hands.
Hands change with age in several ways. First, the texture changes as skin gets thinner, and any freckles, bumps, or other marks become more prominent over time. Bruising occurs more frequently, and wrinkles develop. The skin on the hands loses its elasticity, which causes it to look saggy and loose.
If the hands have been exposed to sunlight, you may notice age spots begin to appear. Other bumps and discolorations may show up, which could be precancerous or skin cancer. The hands become thinner and lose that soft fullness of youth. Tendons are often more visible, along with enlarged veins. Fortunately, treatments are available to help regain that youthful appearance to your hands.
Hand rejuvenation is a category of treatments that can help your hands look and feel younger and healthier. The type of procedure you choose depends on your goals. Some of the results of hand rejuvenation treatments include the following:
These results can be achieved via fat transfer, injections, or a combination of the two procedures.
Also referred to as fat grafting, many people think of fat transfer surgery as a procedure that is used in burn cases. However, it can be useful in many situations when you want to add volume to one area of the body and remove it from another area.
Fat grafting provides long-lasting results and is individualized based on the specific needs of the patient. At the initial consultation, the doctor will discuss areas of the body where excess fat can be removed, also known as the donor sites.
When this procedure is performed, fat is removed from the donor site and purified. The fat is then injected into the new site and massaged to ensure it settles into place. Many times, only local anesthesia is necessary, and the patient can go home the same day. There is some swelling and bruising that will go away in the next few weeks. Once healing is complete, the results are noticeable and permanent: smoother, fuller, and more youthful-looking hands.
Another option is available for hand rejuvenation with filler injections. A product is injected into the hands to fill out areas that have become thinner and wrinkled. Most of these products, such as Juvederm®, are recognized for their use in the patient’s face, but they can be helpful in other areas that need more volume.
The injections work by filling out wrinkles and fine lines and adding plumpness to the back of the hand where it is often thinner. Some products stimulate the production of collagen, which is your body’s natural resource to promote and retain elasticity in the skin.
The procedure takes less than an hour and isn’t painful. A numbing cream is usually applied at the injection site to reduce discomfort during the treatment. Once the product has been injected, your treatment is finished, and you can go home.
You may notice a little redness or swelling at the injection site, but it will go away in a few hours to a day or two. Activity is only limited for the first 24 hours before the patient can resume normal routines. The patient can see their results immediately, but they often continue to improve as the product stimulates the production of collagen to promote healthier skin.
If you’re considering hand rejuvenation to restore the youthfulness to your hands, schedule a consultation with Dr. Leo Lapuerta today. Dr. Lapuerta has more than 20 years of experience and is triple-board certified as a plastic surgeon.
Dr. Leo Lapuerta has performed more than 20,000 procedures to help patients look and feel their best. This includes fat transfer and Juvederm at Dr. Leo Lapuerta’s office. He will answer your questions, discuss hand rejuvenation cost, and create a custom treatment plan based on your goals. Call the team at (713) 489-0169 to schedule a free consultation to get started.