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New Medical Esthetic Treatments Available for Aging Hands

Posted: August 5, 2011

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“Fillers are a great option to rebuild volume and add shape to the hand when a patient has thin, sunken skin—giving the appearance of raised veins and tendons,” says Glaser. “The fillers add volume to the back of the hand, lifting the skin and diminishing the appearance of the veins and tendons to provide a smoother, more youthful appearance.”

Injecting fillers into the back of the hand is an in-office procedure lasting about 20 to 30 minutes that requires no anesthetic. Glaser explained that while some patients may experience slight bruising, the injections offer immediate results and typically last for about a year.

While the use of fillers is a one-step process that is more widely employed, Glaser noted that there are circumstances when a patient‟s own fat is used to build volume in the hand. For example, if a patient already is scheduled for liposuction, the fat that is removed during the liposuction procedure subsequently can be injected into the hand to rebuild the lost shape.

Lasers target texture and pigment changes

In addition to treatments to achieve a plumper, smoother hand, Glaser discussed the use of new laser technologies for treating uneven skin tone and texture as well as common pigmentation changes associated with aging.

Similar to rejuvenation of the face, fractional lasers improve skin tone and smooth fine lines on the hand by targeting small sections deep within the skin. Because the laser is only treating a small section of the hand, surrounding skin is left untreated and helps stimulate healing.