22 April 2018
Today let’s talk about another part of our body that is often neglected but a dead giveaway to our age and lifestyles- our hands. Apart from the face and neck, the hand is the most visible and exposed part of our body. Exposure to UV rays, environmental pollution and toxins and poor lifestyle habits and of course, aging, unravel age spots, wrinkles, prominent veins and sunken looking hands. Why is the appearance of our hands so important? These signs in the aging hands are not only aesthetically unpleasant but also, dead giveaways of our age and lifestyles.
1. Pigmentation: dark spots or age spots 2. Wrinkles 3. Loss of volume and sunken hands 4. Prominent veins and tendons (“veiny hands”)
Many people are turning to modern medicine to take matters into their own hands. Besides simple measures like sunscreen, how can your turn back the hands of time?
In Singapore, rejuvenation of the aging hands is treated primarily using non-surgical means. Non-surgical rejuvenation of the aging hands in Singapore is safe and effective and incur far less downtime if at all, compared to surgery.
Non-surgical treatment of aging hands are namely dermal hand fillers and lasers.
1) Dermal fillers treat:
Ø Loss of volume and sunken hands
Ø Prominent veins and tendons
2) Lasers treat:
Since I’ve covered how lasers work for pigmentation in this post (here), the focus on this educational post on dermal fillers for the hand.
Collagen and elastin fibres are depleted as our skin ages.
As we age, our skin loses hyaluronic acid and collagen, resulting in thinner skin and loss of skin elasticity. Hence, fine lines and wrinkles appear and veins and tendons in the hand become obvious. Fats are also depleted as we age and so, on top the collagen loss, our hands lose volume and look sunken.
One simple way to correct all these problems mentioned above is with dermal fillers. Dermal fillers immediately plump up the hand to fill the space between the sunken skin and hides the veins and tendons. Dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid are commonly used for hand fillers in Singapore and the additional advantage of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers is their powerful ability to hydrate the skin and improve lines and wrinkles on the skin surface.
Overall, hand dermal fillers make the hands smoother, plumper, more hydrated and younger looking.
1) Restore lost volume 2) Minimise the visibility of veins and tendons 3) Improve skin texture and quality for smoother skin 4) Reduce lines and wrinkles.
The back of the hands are numbed for 20-30 mins using topical numbing cream
After numbing cream is applied for 20 minutes, the hands are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. You can see that the back of the hands look sunken with volume loss and obvious veins and tendons and wrinkles- all the hallmarks of aging in the hand.
A small entry point is created using a fine needle to prick the skin. The needle is then removed.
A fine needle is used to poke a small hole under the skin and the needle isthen removed.
Using a fine and blunt cannula, the hand dermal filler is slowly placed into the hand under the skin of the hands using only one needle entry point. A cannula is not a needle; it is a thin tube through which the hand dermal filler flows through.
Hand dermal filler technique using a cannula.
The cannula used for hand fillers is very fine and the hand filler is injected superficially.
The back of the hands is gently massaged to evenly distribute the hand dermal filler.
Hands are immediately fuller, plumper and younger looking. Wrinkles and lines have gone and veins and tendons are less obvious, like a younger person’s hands.
1) Restores the youthful appearance of the hands 2) Plumps up sunken looking hands 3) Reduces appearance of tendons and veins 4) Hydrates skin from within to reduce wrinkles and lines and improve texture 5) No surgery, no incision, no scars 6) Less than 30 minutes in clinic treatment 7) Natural looking results
Dermal hand fillers in Singapore are usually made up of hyaluronic acid (such as Juvederm, Restylane and Teosyal) and Calcium Hydroxyapatite (i.e. Radiesse)
Hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers are the most commonly used dermal fillers. When used as dermal hand fillers, hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers have powerful volumizing and hydrating properties, making them excellent choices for hydrating dry and wrinkled skin and plumping up sunken hands. Hyaluronic acid based hand fillers can last for 9 to 12 months.
How collagen stimulating fillers like Radiesse work
Calcium Hydroxyapatite dermal hand fillers are an alternative to hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers. An example is Radiesse hand fillers. Radiesse is a collagen stimulating filler, meaning that Radiesse hand fillers encourage your hands to naturally produce collagen on top of plumping the back of the hands. In 2015, Radiesse received US FDA approval for its use as a dermal hand filler for the back of the hands. Radiesse hand fillers last 12 to 18 months.
Which hand filler suits yours the best? Speak to your doctor first to find out which hand filler better addresses the problems of your hands and understand the pros and cons of each hand filler type.
The results of hand fillers are immediate. There will be slight swelling initially, but when the swelling subsides in a few days, the results will be very natural looking. As time passes, the results of both hyaluronic acid hand filler and Radiesse hand fillers will continue to improve. How many sessions you need will depend on the condition of your hands; a typical patient requires 1 to 2 sessions spaced 1 to 2 months apart.
Commonly, there can be mild swelling, redness and bruising as with dermal filler injections in any part of the body. Very rare complications include allergy and inadvertent entry of the hand filler into the blood vessels. There are a few methods to injecting the hand fillers in Singapore and I usually use the cannula technique so the chance of bleeding and entry and blockage of blood vessels is much lower than the other techniques
Hand fillers is a very safe and effective way of treating sunken looking hands, obvious veins and tendons and wrinkled hands. These signs of aging fixed with immediate results with hand fillers in Singapore with results that can last for a year.