Say Boo to Skeleton Hands
Hands do little to hide our age. Between constant use, sun exposure, and just natural loss of volume, hands often age faster than the rest of us. We start to see more prominent veins, skin feels more wrinkly and crepey, and bones and tendons begin to protrude. We often think to treat our faces—facials, peels, fillers, injectables, lifts—but we rarely consider rejuvenation for our hands.
Never has it been so easy to add volume to the hands and shed a few years. Restylane is a sugar-based gel approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in May 2018. It is the first hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal filler the FDA has approved for injectable use in an area other than the face. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in your skin. HA is often associated with the amount of water in the skin, so the more HA the skin has, the better environment for skin cell growth. The older we get, the less HA our body naturally makes, but injectable HA creates a natural environment for the work of fibroblasts in the skin. Fibroblasts are the framework of human tissue, so supporting the fibroblasts and skin cells means your body can generate its own collagen, and your skin can regain that full, youthful look.
What can I expect?
Through nonsurgical injections, Restylane Lyft is specifically designed to add fullness to the back of the hands. A doctor will identify where the tendons are and plan to inject in between them. After prepping with alcohol, the skin is pulled between the fingers and tented up, and the product is injected slowly to fill the area. There is a little bit of local anesthesia in the product, so that alleviates some of the discomfort. After the injections, the doctor might massage the hands to even out the distribution of the gel in the hands.
After the procedure, which may take from 10-30 minutes, your normal day-to-day routine can be followed, with the exception of vigorous hand activities, such as playing tennis or weightlifting. There is potential for bruising, but that is rare. Swelling is normal, but goes away quickly. The hand rejuvenation will last for the better part of the year, and maybe beyond. It is recommended to retouch in about 12 weeks for best results.
Restylane Lyft is proven to improve volume in the back of the hands for up to 6 months, but many clients have enjoyed results long after that. The clinical trial of 89 patients over the age of 22 was a multi-center, randomized, evaluator-blinded, split-hand study, that showed the results lasted for 6 months with little initial discomfort and consistent results.