Your face is the first thing people notice and the thing they remember most about you. That’s why so many people spend so much time, effort, and money perfecting their features and erasing the signs of aging on their facial skin.
But if you neglect the rest of your skin, it shatters the illusion and reveals the truth about your age — and your hands are a dead giveaway. With constant use and exposure to the elements, the skin on your hands loses youthful volume as fat and collagen decrease. Thinning skin sinks into the hollows between your bones and drapes over your veins, making your hands look old and fragile.
If you want to close the age gap between the perceived age of your hands and your face, there’s a quick and easy way to rejuvenate your skin and restore the youthful appearance of your hands: Radiesse®.
As part of our highly effective aging hands therapy at Aesthetic Surgery Center in San Francisco, California, Dr. Michael Macdonald skillfully injects this dermal filler under the surface of your skin to add volume and smooth out wrinkles. Here’s what you need to know.
How Radiesse makes your hands look younger
When it comes to smoothing out wrinkles and improving the contours of your face, injectables are an excellent nonsurgical solution, and you have many brands and formulas to choose from. Often called a liquid facelift, these treatments can instantly transform your face and give it a more youthful appearance.
But only one brand has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to do the same thing for your hands — Radiesse. Dr. Macdonald uses Radiesse to fill in the valleys and hide the veins and tendons in your hands so they look years younger.
The secret to Radiesse’s success is found in countless microspheres suspended in a gel-like solution. Each microsphere contains calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHa), which has three beneficial effects:
- It adds instant volume under your skin
- It creates a web-like scaffolding structure in your connective tissue
- It stimulates your body to produce more collagen
As collagen increases, it builds upon the scaffolding and delivers ongoing improvements in the look and feel of your skin.
What to expect from your Radiesse hand therapy
Radiesse hand therapy is quick, simple, and relatively painless. We numb the backs of your hands so you won’t feel the injection. It only takes Dr. Macdonald about 15-20 minutes to complete the treatment, and you’re free to go about your day as normal.
You may notice some slight swelling, tenderness, and bruising at the injection site, but those effects wear off quickly. Your results are immediate — no waiting required.
And it only gets better as your body amps up its collagen production and keeps the results going for up to two years. At that point, simply come back in for another treatment, and enjoy another couple years of youthful-looking hands to go with your flawless face.
What about “age spots” on my hands?
If years of sun exposure have left dark spots and patches on your hands, you may want to add another treatment to your aging hands therapy. Dr. Macdonald can treat those spots with Phototherapy BBL™, which uses the power of broadband light to break up the clumps of pigment in your skin so your body’s waste system can flush them away.
Phototherapy and Radiesse go hand in hand when you want to improve the look and feel of your skin. To find out if these effective treatments are right for your hands, schedule an appointment using our online booking tool, or call our friendly staff today. You could have younger-looking hands just in time for the holidays.