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Your Hands Should Not Reveal Your Age!

Published May 15, 2012 7:45 AM by Mina Grasso
Do your patients report that they hide their hands when they meet someone they want to impress? That they don't enjoy wearing their favorite rings because they draw attention to the aging appearance of their hands? Aging and excessive sun exposure lead to the weathering of once lovely hands. Our skin thins due to collagen and elastin loss and damage. We lose volume in the back of the hands, and veins appear enlarged and bulging.

The signs of aging on the hands can be reversed using a variety of modalities, sometimes in combination. Cosmetic treatment of hand veins by injection (sclerotherapy) can be performed in 10 to 15 minutes in a clinic setting. The process involves injecting a solution into the veins of the hands, causing them to close up and slowly vanish while the blood finds alternate safe routes of circulation. Mild bruising and short-term swelling may occur after treatment. Regular activities can be resumed immediately. Eliminating veins may require one to three treatments on average.

Fractional laser resurfacing can restore aging, sun damaged, discolored, crepey skin. After just a few treatments, the skin will have a more vibrant and youthful appearance. The Vampire Face LiftTM procedure, which I wrote about in my last post, can be used in conjunction with this procedure to enhance regenerating stem cells.

Adding volume to the back of the hands using a tissue filler and bioactivator called Radiesse can reduce the "bony" appearance that develops with age. Volume replacement alone can create more youthful looking hands in just 5 to 10 minutes.

So tell your patients to polish up those rings. They can enjoy their beauty again on healthy, youthful hands!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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