By: Kelly Gilthorpe Burkenstock, M.D.
When it comes to visible signs of aging, often the hands can also exhibit tell-tale signs of aging such as thin skin and a hollow, sunken appearance as well as prominent veins. Saggy and creepy skin are often present as well.
There are several treatments available to rejuvenate our hands and arms, restoring a youthful color, tone, texture and contour. Unsightly veins, for example, can be diminished and many times completely masked by the filler application.
Book a consultation with a cosmetic, aesthetic physician to determine your personalized treatment. Plan.
Bye- Bye Bulging Veins!
Hand rejuvenation Programs may include:
• Fillers for volume
• Hyaluronic acids- Restylane, Juvederm or Boletero
• Calcium hydroxylapatite -Radiesse
Laser treatments- Intense Pulse Light (IPL), Broad Band Light (BBL), Radio Frequency (RF), and/ or Radio Frequency Needling (RFN), for elimination of age spots, skin tightening and collagen rebuilding.
Photodynamic therapy with Aminolevulenic acid combined with BBL light laser and Blue Collagen light laser to improve tone, texture and eliminate age spots.
Most hand rejuvenation treatments take 15 minutes and dramatic results are seen immediately.
When should I consider having Hand Rejuvenation?
If your hands and arms:
● have prominent veins and tendons because of volume loss
● have age spots and uneven skin tone
● thin skin
● creepy, saggy, wrinkled skin
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Fillers Made With?
There are a variety of FDA approved filler products that cosmetic, aesthetic physicians use. In general, fillers are categorized by the substance they are made from. A note for your safety: always make sure that you are receiving FDA approved, brand name fillers.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that is already found in your skin. It helps keep skin plump and hydrated. HA fillers are typically soft and gel-like. The results are temporary, lasting 6 to 12 months or longer before the body gradually and naturally absorbs the particles. Most HA fillers are infused with lidocaine to help minimize discomfort during and after treatment. FDA approved HA fillers include Juvéderm, Restylane and Boletero.
Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA)
Calcium hydroxylapatite is also a naturally occurring substance, found primarily in our bones. When used in a filler, the calcium particles are nearly microscopic and suspended in a smooth gel. The consistency of a CaHA filler is typically thicker than that of a hyaluronic acid filler and typically last longer as well, about 12 to 20 months depending on the client. Calcium hydroxylapatite is also reported to help stimulate natural collagen production, and it is typically used for volume loss and deeper lines. FDA approved CaHA fillers include Radiesse®.
Choosing a Provider for Hand Rejuvenation Treatments
When selecting an aesthetic physician for injectable treatments, select a physician with substantial experience and specific training in Aesthetics to ensure safe treatment and natural-looking results. Ask to see before and after photos of your provider’s patients.
What to Expect During Treatment
Dermal filler treatments are typically completed within 10 to 15 minutes.
Just before the actual treatment, the area will be cleaned, and a topical anesthetic is applied to the skin to numb the area prior to injection. Many filler products also contain lidocaine, a mild anesthetic, which is intended to help minimize discomfort during and after your treatment. Your provider will then inject a precise amount of filler strategically beneath the skin.
You will notice results immediately after receiving filler injections. Some patients experience mild bruising and swelling, but these are temporary and should subside over a few days following treatment. You will be able to go back to your normal activities right after treatment.
How Long Do the Results Last?
How long the effects of dermal fillers will last depends on the product, the area of treatment, and the patient. Generally speaking, the denser the product is and the more deeply it is injected, the longer it will last. To maintain your results, your cosmetic, aesthetic physician will simply repeat your treatment when needed, adjusting the amount and technique to ensure optimal results.
Find a qualified dermal filler physician
With the help of an experienced, qualified cosmetic physician, Hand Rejuvenation can provide natural-looking enhancements to help you feel more confident in your appearance.
• Instant results, quick treatment, and little to no downtime contribute to filler treatments’ popularity
• Laser treatment results are typically noticed two-four weeks after treatment
• Photodynamic Therapy with Aminolevulenic results are usually seen in two weeks
• Results last six months to two years or longer, depending on the product and treatment chosen.
Dr. Kelly Gilthorpe Burkenstock is an internal medicine physician, and is a longstanding member of the International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology. She has locations in New Orleans and Mandeville.
For more information, please call 985-869-8400 or 504-502-7600.