Always exposed to the elements and to the sun, your hands, as much as your face and décolleté, probably show signs of aging. The average American driver spends 280 hours behind the wheel a year. In other words, your unprotected hands were exposed to almost 300 hours of direct UV rays from the time you spent driving in just one year! Signs of aging and sun exposure may include wrinkles, dryness, scaling and brown spots, all of which can be addressed with moisturizers, anti-wrinkle creams, skin lighteners and exfoliators, but what can be done about the prominent veins and tendons which seem to become more noticeable over the years?
With age, collagen in the hands is produced at a slower rate and is made less efficiently. This causes the veins and tendons on the back of the hand to appear more visible. Radiesse is an FDA-approved injectable cosmetic skin treatment for hands. Upon injection, the filler component immediately makes the hands appear more youthful, by filling in the sunken areas where the skin has become thin and the collagen, lacking. Over the ensuing months, Radiesse provides a structural scaffolding for production of your own type 1 (structural) collagen which further strengthens the skin and fills in the hollow areas. 86% of individuals show sustained improvement over a 12 month period.
The procedure can be safely performed in the office in less than 30 minutes. Complications are uncommon but may include bruising, redness, swelling and pain. Post-procedure restrictions are minimal and include no aggressive scrubbing or rubbing, no tanning or excessive UV exposure and no sleeping on your hands for two weeks.
More youthful, fuller-looking hands are possible with FDA approved Radiesse, a volume expander and collagen stimulator. Radiesse is a safe and effective way to make your hands look as young as your face.
-Dr. Tara Wegryn