The face and the hands are typically the only two parts of the body that are consistently unclothed and visible. Many men and women spend time taking care of their face, which leads to a more youthful appearance — but what about the hands? Bulging veins and tendons, deep grooves and hollows, wrinkles and sun damage create older-appearing hands are often the giveaway signs of age.
Now there is a five-minute non-surgical treatment that rejuvenates hands for up to one year at a time: Radiesse.
What Is Radiesse?
Radiesse is a popular facial filler that in June, 2015 also became the first FDA-approved product to correct volume loss in the hands. This injectable has a proven track record for treating facial volume loss in millions of patients for over a decade, and it’s results are consistently safe and reliable. These effects are now applied to aging hands, for a smoother, fuller appearance, so that Radiesse has quickly become the best method for hand rejuvenation.
How Does Radiesse Work?
Radiesse consists of tiny calcium hydroxyapatite particles suspended in a smooth gel. These are non-reactive, non-allergenic components that are usually combined with Lidocaine for comfort. A plastic surgeon injects it through the skin on the back of the hand using a tiny needle in several locations. The injections take a few minutes, followed by a brief hand massage to help the product settle.
Radiesse fills in gaps and hollow spaces on the back of the hands, between the skin and the deeper anatomic structures. It treats contour depressions, wrinkles, scars and folds, which has a smoothing effect on the outer surface of the skin. These improvements make hands appear younger. Radiesse also stimulates the production of new collagen – the protein responsible for giving skin its elasticity and strength. Studies show that new collagen forms around the tiny filler particles, resulting in further structural and aesthetic improvements.
What Are The Benefits And Risks?
As hands age, they lose volume in several ways. The muscles become smaller, the fat pads decrease and the skin thins — even the bone density is less. Veins seem larger and more prominent and tendons on the back of the hands become more obvious. Patients complain about a “skeletal” look. These changes are impossible to hide with hand creams, makeup or concealers, but Radiesse restores volume to eliminate the gaunt appearance.
The product dissipates over the course of a year, providing smooth, natural-looking results the entire time. Adverse reactions are uncommon, but may include redness, bruising, and swelling at the injection site. Almost all patients report satisfaction, and even amazement with their results.
BBL is phototherapy, which may be combined with Radiesse to further enhance the quality and character of the overlying skin. BBL is an alternative to laser therapy which uses broad band light to correct sun damage, lighten freckles and tighten the skin. SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum, or hand cream by EltaMD may provide the final touch, adding antioxidants, growth factors and moisturizer that enhance and maintain healthy skin.
Contact Us Today
Interested in Radiesse treatment for the hands? Contact Donaldson Plastic Surgery to request a personal consultation today. We can also answer any questions you might have about this advanced non-invasive procedure.