A woman’s hands can tell her age faster than her Facebook Birthday post. Patients often focus on facial rejuvenation as the only way to recapture a youthful look while ignoring the appearance of significant aging in their hands. Volume (subcutaneous fat) depletion in hands causes the extensor tendon and veins to show, plus the skin appears more wrinkled. All of our skin thins as women & men get older, which is a normal part of aging.
There are a variety of filler options to correct volume loss including Hyaluronic Acid (HA) fillers (Juvederm & Restylane), stimulatory fillers (Sculptra), calcium-based fillers (Radiesse) and your own fat (micro fat grafts). The procedure is simple and done in the office using local anesthetics. The material is injected into the back of your hands to fill the voids and give a smooth, more uniform contour. The brown spots are treated with cryotherapy which is a freezing of the skin spot. This causes the spot to blister and peel off after about 7 days. Initially, after the freezing (cryotherapy), the brown spots are darker and actually look a little worse. This will resolve in about 2 weeks when the brown spots are replaced by pink spots that gradually fade.
Sunblock and sun avoidance is a must to maintain the results. It is impossible to make these age spots completely disappear but we expect a dramatic reduction in their appearance after this treatment.
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