Younger-looking hands tend to take a backseat to younger-looking faces, but neglected hands are often the one body part that can unfairly date you more than anything else.
“As the hands age and lose volume, one starts seeing wrinkles on the back of the hands as well and tendons and veins,” says Dr. Shaun Patel, a Miami plastic surgeon. “The hands give away a person’s age, especially in a patient who has been maintaining the youthful appearance of their face and neck using Botox/Dysport, fillers, lasers and topical skincare.”
For many patients, injections for younger-looking hands, while performed, are a somewhat under-the-table procedure since most fillers lacked Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to be used on hands.
This FDA approval is exciting news for several reasons. Dr. Anthony Youn, a Detroit-area dermatologist and plastic surgeon, says that Restylane may now become the go-to option for patients wanting younger-looking hands.
“Although injecting filler into the hands isn’t a new treatment, Restylane is the first hyaluronic acid filler that is approved for this indication,” says Dr. Youn. “The benefit of using Restylane into the hands over other fillers is that it’s reversible. This adds a major safety mechanism for patients who are either unhappy with their results or develop a complication. Other fillers can’t do this.”
The use of fillers has been welcomed by consumers looking for a legit option to plump up their hands.
“It used to be that the hands would give away your age. Just look at Madonna,” says Dr. Youn. “However, more and more people are rejuvenating their hands and proving this old adage to no longer be true.”
The fact that you couldn’t do much about your hands has always been especially irksome to people using treatments such as Botox and fillers to maintain a youthful face.
Hand rejuvenation scores an almost unheard of 100 percent Worth It rating on RealSelf. People who have had this done are thrilled with the results, saying that their hands look 10 years younger, or that the procedure gave them back lost confidence. Filler injections can soften hands that have gotten thin and veiny.
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For many people wanting younger-looking hands, fillers are just one piece of the puzzle. Few of us get through middle age without a few sunspots or discoloration on the back of our hands, which is why sunscreen is important.
Fortunately, there are treatments to deal with sun damage, too. “One of my favorite treatments is intense pulse light (IPL),” says Dr. Youn. “This is a great way to noninvasively reduce pigment from the hands, making it look more even and smoother in appearance.”
Dr. Patel is also excited about the approval of Restylane for this purpose, in part because of its known effectiveness, but also because it has a proven track record of safety for the face.
“I like to combine volume correction using Restylane Lyft for hands with lasers, chemical peels and skincare for complete hand rejuvenation,” he says, “My patients are loving the fact that I can make their hands look as good as their faces and necks.”