Do Your Hands Give Away Your Age?

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Dr. David Smart discusses Radiesse for the hands

Frequently we focus on the face when discussing cosmetic improvement, but there are other telling locations that can be treated. One area that gives away our age the most is the hands. As we age, our hands lose firmness and plumpness and begin to look fragile and bony. The veins become more prominent, the skin starts to look thin, and often they become speckled with brown spots from sun exposure.

Combating the aging hand takes more than hand cream, though that simple step does make a difference. But cosmetic filler is often the answer.

This month the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the injectable dermal filler Radiesse (Merz North America, Inc) for hand augmentation to correct volume loss in the dorsum of the hands. This is great news!! Radiesse is a fantastic way to turn back the clock and bring a youthful soft appearance to the back of the hands.

Radiesse injections immediately revitalize and replenish the volume of the back of the hands. The injection provides a supple and youthful appearance instantly. Placed beneath the skin, Radiesse raises the skin level so that tendons, joints and veins lose their prominence.

Also, because Radiesse provides support and a scaffolding for the deep skin tissue, the body’s own collagen is stimulated and begins to interweave with the filler and helps keep the skin feeling soft, natural, and smooth. The results typically last 1–2 years with immediate improvement.

In the studies used to gain FDA approval the most common side effects were extremely mild and included injection site reactions such as swelling, redness, pain, and bruising, which were usually mild to moderate, short in duration (lasting about 1 week), and required no treatment. No severe adverse events were reported.

About Dr. David Smart

Dr. Smart was born in Salt Lake City and grew up climbing and skiing in the Rocky Mountains. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and must have enjoyed the harsh winters of the upper Midwest so much that he decided to stay in nearby Chicago to complete a residency in dermatology at the University of Illinois Chicago. With a particular interest in laser and cosmetic medicine, as well as general dermatology, Dr. Smart is excited to be a part of the Advanced Dermatology team as the laser and cosmetic fellow.

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