Do Your Hands Give Away Your Age?
Hands are one of the most “tell tale” signs of aging because of their extensive use and unprotected sun exposure. As we age, the back of the hands develop sun spots and the skin becomes thinner and loses plumpness and firmness, thus revealing tendons and joint protrusions.
Treatments to Restore the Youth of Aging Hands
Dr. Laris uses a combination of modern techniques to restore a more youthful appearance to the hands. These rejuvenation treatments that can produce dramatic results, leaving hands younger and smoother. Dr. Laris recommends the combination of Fat Transfer and TCA Peel in order to achieve the desired results.
Fat Transfer (also referred to as autologous fat grafting)
Your own fat will be used as a soft tissue filler material to improve the appearance of thin skin, veins, and enlarged knuckles. The fat is taken from one area of your body (usually the abdomen) and harvested through a very small incision. The fat is then processed (cleansed to remove excess fluid and oils) and re-injected through very small incisions into the regions to be rejuvenated or depressions that need improvement.
TCA Chemical Peel
Stronger than glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is a deeper, more aggressive peel that removes dead skin cells, uncovering a “new” layer of skin with improved tone and texture. During the procedure, a thin layer of TCA is applied to the skin and left on the skin for 5-10 minutes before neutralizing. Depending on the amount of sun damage the hands have, a second layer can be applied. Please note: TCA peel patients are advised to avoid sun exposure for 4-6 weeks after treatment to protect the newly formed layers of skin and prevent unintended color changes in the skin.
Topical Cream Maintenance and Sunscreen
Topical applications of Retin-A can stimulate the production of collagen and repair sun-damaged skin. This Retin-A application is recommended for maintenance, after the TCA Peel and injectable filler. Additionally, sunscreen should be applied daily to protect your new hands from future damage from the sun.
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
The procedure takes about an hour and is performed under local anesthesia in the privacy of Laris’s office.
What Happens After the Procedure?
You are permitted to go home after the procedure. Your hands will be bandaged for 24 hours and ice packs will be provided for your hands to reduce any swelling, as well as a compressive garment where the fat was harvest from. Strenuous activities including straining, bending and lifting should be avoided for the first week, since these activities might cause compromised results. After one week you will return for a follow up appointment.