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Your Hands Can Make a Fashion Statement

Published March 14, 2016 2:12 PM by Mina Grasso
Fashion surrounds and influences our everyday life. Advertisements in magazines and commercials featuring fashionable clothing, jewelry, clutch purses, hair, makeup and more, which draws attention to the beauty of the part of the body that shows off these items.

Beauty and fashion go hand in hand. Makeup and photo editing can enhance images of the body part displaying the fashionable product. Thousands of dollars are spent on beauty products and aesthetic procedures to improve various areas of our bodies that we feel self-conscious about. With advances in aesthetic medicine, fashion that brings attention to various parts of our body can now be enjoyed. 

As we age, one of the most common areas that we become self-conscious about is the appearance of our hands. With the help of aesthetic advancements, our face can appear more youthful. However, our hands usually do not match and can give away our age. As our hands age, we begin to lose volume on the back of the hands which makes the veins begin to protrude and tendons become more visible making the back of the hands appear skeletal. In addition, due to loss of collagen and elasticity, the quality of the skin declines and skin irregularities and age spots start to appear.

Skincare products, skin rejuvenating lasers and light devices can be used on the hands as they are on the face, neck and chest to treat the quality of skin. The latest fashionable procedure is augmenting the back of the hands with volume as we have for years on the face. We can now turn back the signs of aging hands using a dermal filler called Radiesse. 

Radiesse, Ca HA (calcium hydroxyl apetite), is the first and only FDA approved product for hand augmentation to correct volume loss in the hands. Radiesse is bio-stimulatory filler that allows the skin on the hands to produce its own collagen. Lost volume is replaced, reducing the appearance of the protruding veins and prominent tendons. Due to the bio-stimulatory effect of improving collagen, patients usually report improvement in their skin quality.

Augmenting the hands with Radiesse involves a simple office procedure that usually can be completed in 10 minutes. The most common side effects include bruising, swelling and temporary lumpiness. This procedure appeals to many seeking aesthetic improvement of their hands. The results are immediate while the bio-stimulatory effects stimulate new collagen that continues to improve over time and results appear natural.  

Radiesse can be a game changer for many aging women embarrassed by their hands. Your hands do not have to reveal your age. You can now feel less self-conscious with more youthful and natural-looking hands, and feel confident making a fashion statement with your beautiful nails, jewelry or your clutch purse.

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