From investing in antiaging creams and therapies to wearing sunscreen to watching what you eat, you work hard to stay healthy and maintain a youthful appearance. But even if your face is as youthful as possible, your hands can give your age away — or add years to your appearance.
The good news is that with a little help from dermal fillers and the team at Chrysolite Aesthetics in Houston, Texas, board-certified physician and aesthetic specialist, Rawan Abu-Zeitoon, MD, can help you turn back the hands of time.
If you want to ring in the New Year with younger-looking hands, here’s a closer look at how we use FDA-approved dermal fillers to improve the appearance of your hands.
Understanding aging hands
Just like the skin and tissues that make up the rest of your body, your hands age as you get older. The skin on your hands begins to lose elasticity and volume, and the muscles start to lose their tone (atrophy).
At the same time, older hands naturally lose fat stores that plump the areas between your tendons. This means you end up with hands that have protruding veins, tendons, and bones, plus skin that is wrinkled and more likely to show age spots.
The result? Skeleton-like hands that add years to your age. In fact, many women report that their hands make them look older than they are — especially if they’ve taken care of the skin on their face and it looks relatively youthful.
You can help keep your hands looking as young as possible by taking preventive measures, like wearing sunscreen on the backs of your hands, keeping your skin exfoliated and moisturized, and maintaining a healthy diet. You can also get hyperpigmentation treatments to banish dark spots.
However, there’s not much you can do to stop the loss of volume, fat, tone, and elasticity in your hands that advancing age brings. That’s where dermal fillers come to the rescue.
How dermal fillers can improve your hands
Dermal fillers help restore the youthful appearance of aging hands by restoring the volume your hands naturally lose over time. The fillers use ingredients your body already has present to smooth the contours and take years off their appearance.
The team at Chrysolite Aesthetics uses FDA-approved injectable dermal fillers like Restylane Lyft® or Radiesse® to rejuvenate aging hands. Your provider examines your skin and hands and then strategically injects the filler, adding volume where you need it most to smooth the areas between protruding tendons and bones.
With just a few quick injections, you'll get noticeable results. And the best part? With proper care, your younger-looking hands can last 18-24 months! Here’s how the fillers work:
Restylane for hands
Restylane Lyft is the first FDA-approved filler using hyaluronic acid (HA) to smooth the skin on your hands and give the backs of your hands a boost in volume. Your body naturally makes HA to lubricate joints, keep your skin and tissues hydrated, and promote skin flexibility.
HA injections add volume. But they also improve the look and feel of your skin. As a result, you can take years off your hands with Restylane fillers.
Since you already have HA in your body, negative reactions to the filler are rare. However, it’s always important to see a trained professional to ensure your safety and get the best results possible.
Radiesse for hands
Radiesse was recently approved by the FDA for use in rejuvenating the hands using microspheres of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA). These tiny spheres are suspended in a light gel, and when injected under the skin, they instantly add volume to the backs of your hands.
This amazing dermal filler also stimulates your body’s natural collagen production. This helps your body naturally rebuild the structure of the support tissues below the surface of the skin on your hands.
As a result, your skin has improved skin tone and elasticity. And because your body keeps making more collagen when you have more in your system, you’ll enjoy a boost even after your body metabolizes the CaHA microspheres Radiesse delivers.
Side effects from hand fillers
Because the components of both Restylane and Radiesse naturally occur in your body, there’s little risk of negative side effects. When they do occur, the most common side effects occur at the injection site and include:
- Mild redness
- Mild swelling
- Mild bruising
These generally resolve quickly on their own, without need for any medical intervention. And you can avoid these effects by getting treatment from trained medical aestheticians and following all pre- and post-procedure instructions.
Ready to ring in the New Year with younger-looking hands? Schedule a consultation online or over the phone today with a provider at Chrysolite Aesthetics in Houston.