Given that hands are routinely ignored when it comes to sunscreen, sun damage plays a big part in the "aging hand" syndrome. Sun exposure over the decades sets up a prolonged cascade of liver spots and brown patches that can keep popping up long after we've learned to stay out of the sun. Add that to the color changes brought about by the darkness of veins, and your hands can sometimes look as if they've been bruised and battered in addition to looking more skeletal.
Our hands natural fat cushion that we're born with begins to lessen in our late twenties and early 30's. By the time most of us hit 50, we have hands that tell the truth about our age and often they can actually make us seem older than we are.
Radiesse® is a dense dermal filler made of calcium-based microspheres. With an established longevity of 12 to 24 months, Radiesse® wears well in the hands and provides an instant cushion replacement. The depressions between the tendons and veins are refilled so both the bony appearance and the vein prominences (and the dark color of the veins) are reduced, giving your hands a softer, fuller appearance that signifies youth.
Radiesse® is safe, effective, and an extremely popular hand rejuvenation treatment, both for its immediate effectiveness and long duration. The malleability and staying power of Radiesse® has turned it into something of an injectable implant.
This is a fast, simple procedure that literally converts older-looking hands to younger looking hands in minutes. Although it may appear painful, it's a little more than a quick "prick". Also, added lidocaine temporarily numbs the area. Dr. Hovsepian injects several areas and then spreads the Radiesse® to form a smooth, even surface on the back of the hands.
The procedure generally takes less than 20 minutes to inject both hands. The product is mixed with Lidocaine prior to use so that the nerve endings in the skin are anesthetized. A "bolus" or "ball" of Radiesse® is injected and then massaged into the volume-deficient areas. Because the product is thicker than hyaluronic fillers, it is easily massaged into place, staying in those areas so the skin is smooth and even. Radiesse® maintains a soft, natural feel and takes on the characteristics of the surrounding skin tissue. Once integrated into the skin the presence of the Radiesse® microspheres promotes new elastin and collagen production. Part of the long lasting benefits is your own new collagen.
For those who have sun spots and "liver spots", a few sessions of IPL will reduce or remove the spots. IPL is a light treatment that targets pigment. Your IPL improvements are prolonged if you consistently use sunscreen. However, since most of us spent years in the sun, it is almost inevitable that some new spots will arise. Remember, this cycle of pigmentation production can take years to manifest.
Dr. Hovsepian is dedicated to providing you the best possible care and utilizing the most innovative advancements in non-invasive hand rejuvenating techniques. To take the first steps in achieving your aesthetic goals, please request your consultation online or by telephone.