No matter how young your face or body looks, your hands can give away your true age. Hands show many signs of aging – wrinkles, age spots and fat loss. Fortunately, there are a number of procedures which can reverse the signs of aging on your hands, making your true age almost impossible to discern.
Radiesse is a semi-permanent filler that is injected under the skin to plump up wrinkles and make hands look firm and young by raising the surface of the skin, so that the joints, tendons and veins are not as prominent.
Radiesse is consists of calcium hydroxylapatite crystals that suspended in a gel-like solution. As the gel is reabsorbed into the body, the calcium hydroxylapatite remains, providing a “scaffolding,” so to speak, for the skin’s own collagen to fill in, making the effect fuller and more long-lasting.
The injections take around 15 minutes to perform. The patient may return to normal activities immediately after the procedure. There may be some bruising or swelling at the injection site, but it should not last longer than a few days.
Radiesse costs between $400 – $600 per syringe. Usually ½ to 1 syringe per hand is used. It lasts up to a year and a half, but this estimate varies based on individual characteristics and injection location.
• Fat Transfer
This procedure involves harvesting fat from other areas of the body and injecting it under the skin to fill in fine lines and wrinkles on the surface of the hand.
Using a specially-designed cannulae to remove fat from the buttocks, stomach or thighs, the surgeon puts the harvested fat through a refining process in a centrifuge. The oil and other liquids are removed from the fat, and the filtered fat is prepared in syringes for re-injection.
The surgeon uses a radiating pattern to reinject the fat into the hands, which gives it a natural look. Through the surface of the hand and into the fingers, knuckles, and even some of the webbing, the refined fat is reintroduced. This procedure takes place under local anesthesia.
Bruising is not common in the injection process. The needles used for placement are blunt-ended, to reduce the risk of perforating the blood vessels. There is usually some swelling and edema caused by the procedure, but it will dissipate after a few days.
The results are long-lasting. There will be some fat reabsorbtion that varies from patient to patient, so it is important to go over the procedure with a doctor before deciding on it. The average cost for this procedure is estimated to be around $1500.
• Laser Treatment
Using lasers to remove sunspots and some superficial wrinkles, laser treatments target areas of darker pigmentation in the hands. The lasers break up this pigment, which is then sloughed off during natural skin regeneration. The lasers can also be used to reduce prominent varicose veins. Usually, a few treatments are required before all pigmentation can be removed.
The side effects from this treatment can include skin lightening or darkening, infections, change in skin texture and allergic reactions.
On the low end, the treatment can cost $2100, and $4900 on the high end. The average reported cost for laser hand rejuvenation is $3900.
CACI stands for Computer Aided Cosmetology Instrument. It is a non-surgical option to make hands look younger. Madonna and other celebrities are said to love this treatment. It has been long used in the USA for facelifts.
For the hands, it uses a combination of LED light therapy, microdermabrasion, and electrotherapy. These therapies help to remove dead skin cells, promote collagen growth and improve circulation. The hands look fuller and plumper, as well as fresh and new.
There appear to be no known side effects from CACI treatment. The dermabrasion may cause irritation and redness, but the light and electrotherapy have shown no adverse reactions.
It is advised that since the CACI can stimulate the lymphatic system, the patient should drink at least 2 liters of water before and after the treatment to help flush out any toxins that are released.
Most specialty CACI clinics are located in the UK, however, the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa in New York City offers a CACI hand treatment for $75.
Your Best Option – Prevention
The best solution for younger-looking hands is proper sun protection. Wearing an SPF lotion every day will reduce the chance of developing age spots. Sun protection also fights against wrinkles. Even if you don’t think you are getting sun exposure, you might be catching some rays through windows, in the parking lot, or even checking the mail.
The biggest step you can take for younger, healthy looking skin is to protect it with a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF, reapplied throughout the day.
If you feel that one of the above treatments is right for your hands, contact a doctor so that you can have all the information necessary to make the right decision for your health as well as your looks.