When we think about visible signs of aging, most people talk about lines and wrinkles on the face. And while facial wrinkles can certainly add years to your appearance, there is another area of your body where visible aging can be obvious – the back of your hands. At Nunnally Dermatology in Baton Rouge, LA, we know that hand rejuvenation with Radiesse can restore a more youthful appearance and emphasize the appearance of other anti-aging treatments.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Hand Rejuvenation?
Most people who are eligible for Radiesse treatments are also qualified for Radiesse hand rejuvenation. However, because visible hand aging may not be obvious until age 40 to 50, most people who seek rejuvenation treatments for the hands are older. To be a candidate for this treatment, you must not be allergic to any of the ingredients in the filler treatment and you must meet other medical requirements, such as not being pregnant or breastfeeding.
The best way to determine if you are a candidate for this treatment is to schedule a consultation appointment so we can assess the condition of your hands and verify that you are eligible for this treatment or other rejuvenation treatments for the hands. During your consultation, we may gather medical information, lifestyle information, and other facts that will help us make the best decision about your treatment.
What Is Radiesse Hand Rejuvenation?
Radiesse is a unique dermal filler made with calcium microspheres that work with the internal rejuvenation of the skin to increase and sustain collagen production for several months. While Radiesse is commonly used on the face to restore volume, such as in the cheeks, it can also be injected into the back of the hands to increase skin volume.
The loss of volume on the back of the hands is natural, but it can add years to your overall appearance because your hands will have more skin laxity, and bones, tendons, or veins will be more visible through the skin. Without the layer of fat and plump skin over the back of the hands, the appearance of your hands will betray your age. Radiesse dermal filler treatments will restore volume so these visible signs of aging will be less obvious.
Other Hand Rejuvenation Treatments
Of course, restoring hand volume isn’t the only type of hand rejuvenation you may want to consider. While the loss of skin volume can be challenging, pigmented concerns can also make you look much older than you are. For the treatment of age spots, liquid nitrogen treatments may be able to improve tone. For photodamage on the hands, Obagi Sunfader is a product that can simultaneously lighten dark spots and also provide protection from the sun.
Whether or not one rejuvenation technique will be adequate for your concerns will be determined by your aesthetic goals and a consultation. Some people may not have any pigment concerns, so their rejuvenation can easily be completed with only a dermal filler. Others may have both volume and pigment concerns that will require a blended treatment.
Why Sunscreen Is a Good Idea
While the Obagi Sunfader product is an ideal ongoing treatment to skin-correct and skin-protect, some people may not have dark spots that need correction. For those people, it’s still a good idea to explore the use of another sunscreen for the back of the hands, wrists, and even arms. Damage from the sun can not only cause dark spots, but UV rays can also break down collagen much more quickly.
If you’ve used a dermal filler for your rejuvenation, then you should commit to a daily sunscreen to protect and maintain your volume rejuvenation results. In addition to Obagi Sunfader, we can help you explore products that will help you maintain your desired anti-aging goals.
How Does Treatment Work?
Radiesse treatments work the same as any other dermal filler. First, your skin will be cleansed and a topical numbing cream will be applied to the treatment area to prepare you for the treatment. Radiesse is formulated with lidocaine so your treatment will be very comfortable. Several tiny injections of the Radiesse formula will be made into targeted locations on your hands until the visible appearance of your hands is smoother and plumper.
After your treatment, you will need to follow specific directions so your results develop as desired. This may mean avoiding hot water, direct sunlight, or other activities that may delay the settling of the dermal filler. Other rejuvenation treatments will have different recommended instructions for the aftercare period. In general, you will not have a formal recovery time and you may return to most daily activities.
How Quickly Can You See Results?
For Radiesse treatments, you may be able to see the results of this treatment within several hours or days after your appointment. The immediate results of this filler may deflate somewhat as the gel and microspheres are absorbed by your skin, but as the formula begins to produce more collagen, your results will improve. Most people will see final results within one to two weeks, if not sooner.
For other treatments, the speed of your results may depend on how diligent you are with the treatment. Liquid nitrogen treatments will produce results as soon as your skin has recovered, but topical treatments will take several weeks to correct discoloration of the skin. For these treatments, patience and consistency are two key factors to maintain.
How Long Will Results Last?
Rejuvenation treatments for the hands can last for several weeks or several months. For topical treatments, your results will last for as long as you can prevent further damage to the skin. For a dermal filler treatment, the results of the treatment can last for about 18 to 24 months, or longer if you can maintain your results with good sun care habits.
One big reason why Radiesee treatments can last for over a year is that the calcium microspheres produce new collagen in the skin. New collagen takes about one month to fully mature and can last for several months or years within the skin. New collagen will take many months to break down, particularly if you protect your skin from UV rays and limit stress.
What Else Do You Need To Know About This Treatment?
There are several other questions about this treatment that can be answered during your consultation, such as an estimate of how your hands will look once the treatment is complete. But in general, there are a few things you can expect about this treatment. For example, the cost of the treatment will be determined by how much filler formula is required for your treatment; for Radiesse rejuvenation, most people will pay for one syringe for each hand.
Your treatment itself will take about 10 to 20 minutes to complete. Many people like to repeat this treatment once every year or once every two years, depending on how quickly their results are fading. People who have better collagen retention due to younger age may have results that last longer; similarly, those who take good care of their skin will be able to enjoy longer-lasting results.
There are plenty of benefits to consider for Radiesse hand rejuvenation treatments. For instance, this treatment is considered safe and well-tolerated because it has been FDA approved to restore skin volume, not only in the hands but in the face, as well. FDA-approved treatments have passed several clinical trials, so they are considered safe for most people.
Another benefit of this treatment is the fact that the special formula encourages long-term collagen production, which then allows the treatment to last for as long as two years. Long-term collagen production made with your body’s rejuvenation abilities enables the results of this treatment to look more natural, as well, which is something appreciated by patients who want subtler aesthetic improvements.
Rejuvenate Your Hands Today
Most people don’t think twice about the appearance of their hands, but by the age of 30, the lack of collagen in your skin will start to create skin laxity that will prematurely age your skin. If you want to improve your overall appearance, incorporating hand rejuvenation treatments into your aesthetic treatment schedule may be a good idea. Treatments like Radiesse, Obagi Sunfader, and liquid nitrogen treatments can all be immensely helpful for restoring a youthful appearance. Contact us at Nunnally Dermatology in Baton Rouge, LA to schedule your consultation today.