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Hands are one of the first places that begin to age. Exposed to all elements and used continuously every day, it’s no wonder that the skin starts to look tired quickly. Hand rejuvenation, also known as hand enhancement, is a procedure designed to halt this process and keep your hands looking young. So if they are sun damaged, have lines, wrinkles or prominent veins, hand rejuvenation will help you to stay confident that it won’t be your hands that betray your age.
The hand enhancement procedure is a popular one which many people choose if their hands are prematurely affected by age. There are lots of techniques to combat the wrinkled skin, large veins and marked spots that come with time, and most are non-invasive. These procedures are designed to improve the quality and texture of the skin and decrease things like wrinkling and the development of obvious veins. However, there are some techniques which require surgery, but this is only performed in a minority of cases. All of the techniques used for hand rejuvenation can result in smoother, fuller, more youthful looking hands; the exact results will depend on factors such as age, sun damage and smoking. Hands which are particularly affected by any of these tend to show less obvious signs of improvement and they last a shorter length of time. However, again, this is in the minority of cases and most procedures achieve impressive results.
Techniques that can be used are:
- Dermal fillers. This is where a solution is injected directly into the skin in various locations through tiny needles, depending on what is needed. They are placed on multiple levels in the skin so that they augment and re-shape the contours of the hand effectively.
- Fat injections. Unattractive though it sounds, this is also a very effective treatment. In this instance, liposuction is carried out in areas of excess fat on the patient. What is removed is then processed for fat transfer and re-injected into the hands. The liposuction incisions are then stitched shut and tape placed on the site which should stay there for 3-4 days as protection.
- In addition to these techniques there are other ones as well. These include: laser vein treatment, chemical peel, IPL (intense pulsed light) or photodynamic therapy, skin excision – which is used for loose, wrinkled skin and the scars for this procedure can be affectively hidden by bracelets or a watch.
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Is anyone suitable for this treatment?
In general terms, yes. However some criteria do apply. Good general health is necessary, as is being both positive and realistic in your views.
Are there any factors which reduce the effectiveness of the treatment?
Yes. Poor circulation is one, along with vascular disease, diabetes, chemotherapy , smoking and HIV/AIDS. All of these can make the results of the treatment less noticeable.
Is the treatment painful?
The treatment for hand rejuvenation is not painful in and of itself, however this is dependent on which procedure is suitable for you. If there is a risk of pain then appropriate pain relief will be provided.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects from this treatment are minimal, however you may find that your hands are stiff, swollen, bruised or sore in the days following the procedure. This should not be severe but it is important that you follow any aftercare instructions very carefully – wearing compression garments if necessary and taking any antibiotics which have been prescribed.