The Surprising Secret to Looking Younger? Hand Rejuvenation

When most of us think of the most visible signs of aging, we think about the changes that take place on the face — lines, wrinkles, and folds primarily caused by sun damage and loss of volume as we get older. But guess what? Our hands are affected by those same underlying factors, too. And that means that as we age, our hands can wind up making us look a lot older than we feel. Still, until recently, most cosmetic treatments were focused on age-related changes in the face. That meant that while we might show a smoother, more refreshed visage to the world, our hands could still give us away.

Fortunately, all that changed when the FDA approved the use of Radiesse© for filling and “plumping up” the hand area. Today, all it takes is one treatment at Qvita Health & Wellness to smooth out your hands and reduce those signs of aging for a more confident and consistent appearance.

How aging affects your hands

The skin on your hands is already relatively thin. Years of sun exposure and age-related changes can make it even thinner. As we age, we lose some of the natural elasticity in our skin, and we can also lose some of our skin’s natural plumpness. That means the tendons and veins under our skin become a lot more visible. In people with fair skin, these changes are even more pronounced. 

At the same time, sun exposure can create age spots, patches of brownish skin that look darker than the surrounding skin. The age spots form when the cells containing the skin’s pigment start to clump together. Textural changes, like scaliness or diffuse wrinkling, also make hands look old, sometimes even before we notice major changes elsewhere. And finally, in women, a decline in estrogen during menopause may contribute to skin tinning and other textural changes in our hands. 

Beyond these issues, some people are more prone to wrinkling and age spots, and others may have jobs or hobbies that expose their hands to chemicals or other harsh products on a regular basis. All these factors can combine to make your hands look rough, dry, wrinkled, and just plain old.

How Radiesse works

Radiesse uses tiny microparticles of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) suspended in a water-based gel. These microparticles provide more fullness that gel- and liquid-based fillers, and the results last longer. Once injections are made into the treatment area, the formula helps promote collagen production inside the skin, which helps prolong results. Radiesse is a popular injectable filler for treating wrinkles in the midface region, providing a soft fullness that plumps up lines and other imperfections while leaving skin looking smooth, supple, and natural. More recently, Radiesse was approved for use in the hands, where it offers the same beautifully natural results.

Your treatment session will start with an evaluation of your hands to determine the best placement for the injections. The goal is to spread the Radiesse filler evenly across the back of your hands to achieve a consistent fullness that mimics the smoothness your hands had when you were in your 20s and 30s. Before your injections, your hand is numbed with a topical anesthetic so you’ll stay comfortable. Injections only take a few minutes, and the results are immediate. Plus, Radiesse is designed to last longer than other fillers — typically between nine months and two years. Touch-up treatments can help you maintain your results indefinitely.

Keep your hands looking young

Your hands are among the most expressive parts of your body, and they're among the most visible, too. Don’t let them make you look older than you feel. At Qvita Health & Wellness, we can devise a custom treatment plan to keep your hands looking plumper, smoother, and more youthful. To set up an evaluation and to find out if Radiesse filler is a good choice for helping you meet your aesthetic goals, contact the practice today.

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