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hands before and afterPeople are more concerned about skin care for their face more so than for their hands.  Celebrities undergo plastic surgery or laser resurfacing to turn back the clock for their face, but do little rejuvenation to their hands.  Hands get daily abuse from the environment, sun and harsh detergents.   It is important to keep the hands moisturized and protected from the sun.  There are several cosmetic companies that have incorporated an SPF in their hand creams.

The skin on the hands is just as fragile as the skin on the face.  As you age, the skin on the hands becomes drier and thinner, leaving the hands rough and opaque so the veins show through.  Many are seeking hand rejuvenation, but there are some things to consider.  Though complications are quite rare for filler injections, they can occur.  Some may experience nodules, granulomas, swelling or even pruritus.

Treatments to Consider:

  1. Autologous fat transplantation – Fat is taken from another part of the body and used as a filler in the hands. Fat transplantation can provide longer lasting results, but results are less than impressive due to the body not reabsorbing the graft.  A person may have to wait six to eight months for edema to resolve before attempting this procedure again.
  1. CaHa Filler – This is an FDA approved synthetic filler that has shown promising results. However, because of the high volumes used for the procedure, individuals have suffered from severe edema, bruising and mild pruritus, making it difficult to use the hands after the procedure.
  1. Poly-L lactic acid – This treatment showed promising results but has fallen from favor due to patients experiencing nodule formation on the back of the hands (up to one year post treatment).
  1. Laser – For those looking for hand rejuvenation to remove solar lentigines and seborrheic keratosis, a Q-switched laser or Fraxel may be an option. This treatment will only address solar damage, not the hollowness of the skin, extended tendons or veins.

It is imperative that you do your homework if you are looking for hand rejuvenation treatments.  Ask to see a physician’s portfolio of before and after photos.

Like your face, you don’t want your hands to give away your age!

To read more information on this topic, click on the following link:

Jesitus, J. (2015). Modern Medicine Network, “Tips to avoid hand filler complications”. Retrieved October 5, 2015, from: http://dermatologytimes.modernmedicine.com/dermatology-times/news/filler-resurfacing-options-hands?page=0,2

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