This before and after shows a hand after a surgical procedure called fat grafting, which adds volume to the hand.
When patients come in to the office to talk about age related changes in their skin, we usually talk first about the face. Most of the damage that we see comes from years of sun exposure or tanning. People have generally gotten the message about using sunscreen to protect their face, but they often forget about another area where we also show thinning of the skin and brownish discoloration: the hands.
Our hands benefit just as much from rejuvenation as does our face. Volume loss in the hands can be corrected in several ways. Fat cells can be taken from one part of the body and transferred into the back of the hands in the operating room. This is essentially a permanent fix for volume loss in the hands.
For those not interested in the cost or downtime of a surgical procedure, a filler such as Radiesse can be injected during an office procedure. The volume correction lasts for approximately 18 months, and it requires no change in one’s schedule or routine. When combined with a laser procedure to correct discoloration on the skin of the hand, a remarkable transformation occurs. Please give us a call if you are interested in more information!
Over the last three weeks, I have seen eight patients, each of whom has a son or daughter getting married this summer. All seemed to be handling this role quite well, but each was interested in looking her best for the upcoming festivities. None of the patients wanted anything drastic done or anything that would make them look as though they had actually visited a plastic surgeon. Additionally, none of the patients had any significant downtime availability.
This scenario presents itself quite often at our office, and not just during wedding season. Many people feel they want to look their best for school reunions, holiday parties, and even vacations. Many less intense treatment options now exist which can be very helpful in this exact situation.
Botox: Botox injections can soften stress or frown lines around the eyes and forehead quite effectively. Lines can take a full month to fully diminish after a Botox injection so be sure to plan ahead. We can even use Botox to treat excessive sweating under the arms!
Fillers: Filler injections such as Juvederm or Radiesse restore volume to folds around the mouth and chin, giving a more rested and healthy appearance. Belotero is another clear gel that is used for vertical lip lines (also known as smoker’s lines—even in non-smokers). This is a very superficial injection that lessens the visibility of the lines without looking lumpy.
Laser services: Laser peels and topical skin care products can even out the color and tone of the skin, erasing blotchy sun damage and tightening large skin pores. Laser can also be used for the elimination of spider veins on the face, something which was previously treated with painful injections. And of course, hair removal is the most common laser procedure we do here at the office.
So what did these patients choose to do? Well, I’m not telling, and hopefully the wedding guests won’t figure it out either!