Our hands tell a story about the lives we have lived. We hold hands when we love and when we’re helping. We extend hands when we meet, when we agree, and when we’re sorry. We use our hands to cradle and comfort our babies, our grandchildren, and our beloved pets.
But as we age, our hands tell another kind of story. Time spent working or being outside is revealed by wrinkles and age spots. What’s worse, excessive sun exposure can cause collagen and elastin to break down, leading to skin laxity and deep creases.
My fellow plastic surgeons and I at The Plastic Surgery Group in Albany know that many mature men and women feel insecure about their hands. The obvious signs of aging and sun damage can make them look older on the outside than they feel on the inside. Sunscreen use will slow further signs of aging, but what about the damage that has already been done?
Just this month, the folks at the Food and Drug Administration approved RADIESSE®, the first and only product to correct volume loss in the back of the hands.
If it sounds familiar, that’s because RADIESSE has been used for years to smooth and moderate severe facial wrinkles and folds, including nasolabial folds at the corners of the mouth. This biosynthetically produced treatment is made up of a mineral-like compound found naturally in human bones. It can last up to a year and is often preferred by patients to other types of fillers due to its natural-appearing results.
Here’s how it works:
Step 1: RADIESSE is injected under the skin on the top of the hand through a tiny needle.
Step 2: The filler immediately plumps the hand and, over time, works to stimulate the production of your collagen.
Step 3: Eventually, the body absorbs the RADIESSE and all that is left is your natural collagen.
More and more of my patients are seeking non-surgical treatments to subtly turn back the hands of time without downtime, and the approval of RADIESSE aligns perfectly with their needs.
Your hands can say all kinds of things about you and your past. But they don’t have to give away your age. If you’re interested in hand rejuvenation, I invite you contact my office for a free consultation.