What can be done to protect and rejuvenate them?
Key to keeping hands young is protecting them from photo-aging. Whatever sun cream you place on your face should also be transferred to your hands. The hardest part is that every time we wash our hands, the creams are washed off… Keep a tube in your handbag and re-apply throughout the day. At Centre of Wellness we recommend Heliocare for its advanced sun protection with UVA and UVB filters and anti-oxidants.
Alternatively wear gloves when active or driving…
Medical rejuvenation with dermal fillers.
When hands lose volume and begin to look gaunt it is possible to fill the dorsum of the hands with dermal fillers. This gives the hands a plumper, younger appearance. The same fillers used in the face are also safely injected into the hands. This is the only procedure available for the hands which specifically targets the plumpness of hands. Other procedures and creams target the skin appearance.
Will the procedure hurt?
The smooth consistency of the dermal fillers allows the Doctor to administer it easily and smoothly. The Doctor will administer a local anaesthetic beforehand to make the experience more comfortable. Some of the dermal fillers also contain a local anaesthetic to make the injections even more comfortable. Discuss any concerns you have with the Doctor beforehand who will explain the procedure thoroughly. The procedure itself is not painful but your hand may feel mildly tender for a day or 2 afterwards.
Will I notice the difference right away?
Yes, the aesthetic results are immediate.
Will I need to take time off work?
Absolutely not! You can have an appointment then get right back to your normal routine.
How long will the effects last?
This depends on a number of factors including age, the quantity of dermal filler injected, the quality of skin, your lifestyle and state of health. On average the effects can be expected to last 10-12 months.
When will I need another injection?
Many patients like to book touch-up injections as well as repeat injections to maintain the effects of treatment. Ask the Doctor for advice about aftercare.
Are there any side effects?
Following injection, you may experience slight redness, swelling or bruising at the injected area. All skin injection procedures carry a small risk of infection which is minimised by using good sterile technique.
Is there anything I need to know before I have the treatment?
Are dermal fillers safe to use?
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring substance; it's actually a type of sugar. So the product itself is very safe to add to the skin. It has been used for a number of medical applications for many years including joint problems, eye conditions as well as skin lifting.
As with any treatment, there are a few minor risks. The HA is injected using a fine needle, and there is a risk of slight bruising, redness, bleeding or temporary discolouration at the area that has been treated. To discuss any concerns you may have about anti-ageing treatment with dermal fillers it's best to discuss your options with the Doctor.
Are there other options for Hand Rejuvenation?
Chemical peels can be done on hands to rejuvenate the skin, however sun cream and barrier protection like gloves then become imperative.
Laser and light treatments also target skin aging but leave the skin sun sensitive.