While most people assume age based on the appearance of our faces, our hands can also be an indicator of perceived age. Our hands are constantly exposed to the environment, and as we age, they can demonstrate changes related to the aging process, such as age spots, loss of volume, and thinning skin. Thus, rejuvenating the hands can help reverse the aging process and give your hands a more youthful appearance.
Hand rejuvenation refers to a set of cosmetic procedures that can restore the hands to a more youthful appearance. Many of the same procedures that work for the face also work on the hands. The procedures that Dr. Hendrick uses include injectables such as Juvéderm, Radiesse, Belotero, fat grafting, and laser skin resurfacing.
What can hand rejuvenation accomplish?
Hand rejuvenation can:
- Restore lost volume that has made the hands look thin and aged
- Fade age and sun-related spots and keratoses on the hands
- Help the hands look more youthful
What happens during hand rejuvenation?
Dr. Hendrick will examine your hands during your consultation and will listen to your concerns about their appearance. He will then choose a procedure or set of procedures to improve the look of your hands. If you have both age spots and volume loss, you may require injectables or fat grafting, as well as skin resurfacing.
In skin resurfacing, Dr. Hendrick uses the CO2 laser or fractional CO2 laser to provide a more even skin tone. Read more about skin resurfacing.
Fat grafting can also add volume to the hands. This involves removing fat through liposuction from donor sites on the body such as the abdomen or hips, and then injecting it into the hands. This technique is more invasive because it involves incisions and more than one area of the body, but fat grafts last longer than injectables.
What can I expect during recovery from hand rejuvenation?
Recovery depends on the treatment you receive. While the skin of the hands takes longer to recover than the skin on the face, none of the hand rejuvenation procedures require significant downtime.
Fat grafting requires the most time, as it involves incisions for liposuction on the body. The skin will take a couple of weeks to heal after laser resurfacing, while injectables have the least post-procedure effects. In all cases, there is usually some tenderness and inflammation. With injections, there is also often some minor bruising.
How long do the results of hand rejuvenation last?
The answer to this question depends on the method used for your hand rejuvenation. Dark spots that have been removed through skin resurfacing do not return, but new spots can form, especially if you do not protect your hands from the sun.
Injectables are temporary and will likely require repeat injections.
Fat grafting may be a longer-lasting solution to lost volume but is the most invasive procedure.
Does insurance cover hand rejuvenation?
Hand rejuvenation is a cosmetic procedure, so insurance carriers will not cover it.
Contact the New Orleans Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery today to find out more about expert hand rejuvenation.