There are several techniques used for cosmetic hand rejuvenation, including:
Fat Grafting to the Hand
Fat grafting, also known as fat transfer or lipofilling, is a cosmetic procedure that involves removing fat from one area of the body and injecting it into another area to add volume and improve the appearance of the skin. It is also commonly used to restore volume and youthful proportions to the face. Learn more about facial fat grafting.
Fat grafting to the hand is a popular procedure for individuals who have lost volume in their hands due to aging or weight loss, as well as those who have naturally thin hands. The procedure can help make the hands appear fuller and more youthful.
The procedure typically involves three main steps:
- Harvesting Fat: The first step involves harvesting fat from another area of the body, usually the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks. This is done using a special cannula that is inserted through a small incision. The fat is then carefully harvested and purified to remove any impurities.
- Preparing the Injection Site: Once the fat has been harvested and purified, the injection site on the hands is prepared. This typically involves the use of a local anesthetic to numb the area.
- Fat Injection: Finally, the purified fat is injected into the hands using a small needle. The fat is carefully injected in small amounts to ensure even distribution and to achieve the desired level of volume.
Hand fat grafting is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia and takes roughly an hour to complete. Most individuals can resume normal activities within a few days of the procedure, although some swelling and bruising may occur. Fat grafting to the hand is generally considered a safe and effective procedure, with minimal risk of complications.
Chemical peels involve applying a solution to the hands that causes the top layer of skin to peel away, revealing smoother, younger-looking skin underneath.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing uses a laser to remove the top layer of skin and stimulate collagen production, which can help improve skin texture and tone.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy uses pulses of light to target pigment in the skin, helping to reduce the appearance of age spots and other discoloration.
Medical Review: This procedural information has been medically reviewed by plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Brian A. Cripe, M.D.