Hand Rejuvenation With Radiesse

Posted on the 22 April 2010 at 12:07

Want to know a person's real age? Just look at their hands. This was the conclusion of a major study in the June 2006 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). According to the study, most people can accurately tell a person's age by viewing only their hands. The study concluded "A primary motivation to have plastic surgery is to look and feel better, often by seeking a younger looking appearance. However, looking younger after your facelift or eyelid surgery can conflict with aged hands that simply do not match the face". Roxanne Guy, MD, President-Elect of the ASPS was also recently quoted as saying "After the face, hands are the second most visible, tell-tale sign of one's age. If your goal is to look more youthful or you are bothered by the appearance of your hands, you may seriously want to consider hand rejuvenation."

In the study, people examined unaltered photographs of female hands and were asked to estimate the women's ages, i.e., younger than 20 years, 20 to 30 years, 30 to 40 years, etc. In the majority of cases, participants were able to accurately estimate the age of each woman in the unaltered photographs. Participants were also asked to compare digitally altered photographs of female hands blemishes and hand veins were removed or jewellery and nail polish were added to unaltered photographs to assess which hands looked younger. The majority of participants felt that the altered photos of women's hands appeared younger. However, alterations to photos of very elderly hands characterized by thin skin, age spots, wrinkles, deformity, veins and prominent joints did not change the participants' ability to distinguish the person's age. Of interest also was the fact the physical characteristic which most commonly gave away age was prominent hand veins.

There is little doubt that no part of the body will tell the story of your age more readily than your hands. The hands suffer more environmental damage, are more exposed to more harsh chemicals and often have the least protection than the rest of your body. Dryness, poor skin texture, age spots, uneven skin tone, visible veins, fine lines and wrinkles can all add to the general age of your hands. To date, there have been very few successful treatments for hand rejuvenation and most therapeutic options have tended to be a combination of RF devices such as Thermage or Polaris, fractionallised resurfacing type lasers, chemical peels and microdermabrasion to try and smooth out the wrinkles. This is usually followed by a combination of  topical bleaching agents, Retin-A and IPL to try and deal with the pigmentation and then a plethora of volume fillers to improve deep wrinkles, and cover visible veins, tendons and other hand structures.

One such filler is calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse®). This feature article looks at this compound and how it can provide a novel technique that optimizes hand augmentation.

Coming Soon! A Feature Article on the use of Radiesse for hand rejuvenation from our Guest Author and Medical Adviser Dr. Patrick Treacy. Subscribe to our newsletter here.

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