Traditionally, cosmetic injectors use dermal fillers to plump areas of the face and disguise the signs of aging. The hands–like the face–are one of the first areas to show aging due to the lack of fat and exposure to the elements. However, fewer people receive cosmetic treatments or injections on their the hands. Addressing aging hands can go a long way in creating an overall younger appearance. Hand rejuvenation can include many procedures, the most popular being hand filler. The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery offers the best hand filler Bellevue and Kirkland provides.
Hand filler–like the name implies–involves injecting dermal fillers into the hands. Similar to their uses elsewhere, this procedure generally treats aging in the hands. As the hands age, the veins and tendons become more visible, the skin thinner, and a saggy, crepey appearance. This can occur before aging in other areas and give away your age which otherwise may not be obvious.
Fillers is one of the procedures favored for hand rejuvenation in Bellevue because it restores the volume lost. This hides the visible tendons and veins for younger hands. Depending on the filler used, it may also promote the production of collagen which can thicken and improve the quality of the skin.
Dr. Jonov describes the benefits of dermal fillers.
There are multiple reasons why the hands show age more than other parts of the body. Firstly, it should be noted that factors such as lifestyle, genetics, and where you live all contribute to how your hands age. Let’s go through the other reasons why your hands show age.
Secondly, there is little fat on your hands. Regardless of body type, the hands only carry a small amount of fat compared to other areas. This means that when aging and volume loss occur, it shows more dramatically in the hands. The skin on the hands also thins which makes this fat loss or the anatomy of the hands more prominent.
Finally, like the face and neck, the hands receive more sun exposure than the rest of our bodies. However, unlike the face and neck, many people do not think about applying sunscreen on their hands. This can lead to sun spots, pigmentation issues, and sun damage on the hands. Luckily, you can prevent this by applying sunscreen to your hands and protecting them from the sun.
There are many benefits to Bellevue hand rejuvenation with dermal fillers. Some of the benefits patients may experience from hand filler injections include:
The injectors at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery can use many different dermal fillers to rejuvenate the hands. The FDA has approved two of the below fillers (Restylane Lyft and Radiesse) specifically for use in the hands. All of the fillers used at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery are FDA approved. During your consultation, your injector will discuss the best filler for your hands. Let’s explore the most popular and commonly used dermal fillers for the hands.
Juvederm and Restylane are both examples of hyaluronic acid fillers. Hyaluronic acid fillers are the primary type of dermal filler used in the United States. Injectors use hyaluronic acid fillers in the lips, under eyes, chin, cheeks, and more. Nearly anywhere filler can be injected, hyaluronic acid fillers can work.
In the hands, Juvederm and Restylane can augment the area to account for lost volume, reduce the appearance of veins and tendons, and make your hands look younger. Though, hyaluronic acid fillers are temporary and will need refreshing around one to four times a year (depending on the filler used). In general, hyaluronic acid fillers are malleable, safe, and a good option for restoring volume in the face and hands.
Restylane Lyft is the only hyaluronic acid filler currently approved for injection into the hands. However, other fillers can be used off-label in the hands. Your injector will discuss what filler is best during your consultation.
Benefits of hyaluronic acid hand filler:
Radiesse is a semi-permanent filler made of calcium hydroxylapatite suspended in gel. It is referred to as “semi-permanent” because as it absorbs, it stimulates collagen production. In ideal circumstances, this naturally fills the area. Increased collagen production can also improve the quality of the skin. Additionally, Radiesse lasts about one to two years.
Unlike hyaluronic acid fillers, Radiesse is not reversible. This means it requires an experienced injector for the best results. It was the first dermal filler to receive FDA approval for use in the hands in 2015. Since then, it has widely been used by plastic surgeons for hand rejuvenation.
Benefits of using Radiesse in the hands include:
Before undergoing hand filler injections in Kirkland, you will have a consultation with an injector at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery. Our injectors come from a wide variety of backgrounds and include plastic surgeons, aesthetic physicians, physician assistants, and registered nurses. When you meet with your provider, they will ask about your concerns and goals. They may also inquire about your medical history and aspects of your lifestyle. They will then perform a brief physical exam of your hands and skin.
Your injector will then determine if you are a suitable candidate for hand filler injections. If you are, they will present your filler options and discuss which may work best. If your injector does not believe dermal fillers are the best option for your hand rejuvenation goals, they will provide other options. They may also recommend combining procedures for the best results.
Other procedures sometimes used for hand rejuvenation include:
To begin your hand filler in Bellevue, your injector will clean and disinfect the injection sites with alcohol. They will then apply a topical numbing cream. In some cases, they may also inject lidocaine. During this time, your provider will prepare your chosen filler.
After you are numb, your injector will start the procedure. Hand filler can have one injection site or multiple, it depends on your anatomy and goals. Dermal fillers are only suitable for the back of the hand and common injection sites include near the back of the hand and between the fingers. Though your injector will go over this with you.
Once the filler is injected, your provider will gently massage it into place. You will likely see the veins and tendons on your hand becoming less visible. They will then repeat the process for the other hand. On average, the injections themselves take between ten and twenty minutes.
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For the first few days after treatment, your injector will likely advise you to avoid strenuous exercise, heat, and alcohol. You should also limit the movement of your hands as much as possible. Although, patients are free to return to their normal activities on the same day of treatment.
Immediately after injections, it is normal to experience some minor swelling and bruising. Other possible side effects may include:
These side effects are typically minor and will go away within two weeks, usually less. Your provider may instruct you to massage bumps or hardness. Most unnatural firmness or hardness will resolve within a couple of weeks.
The hands are one of the most sensitive areas of the body due to their importance to our sense of touch. With that said, most of the sensitivity is localized to the fingertips and palm. Though hand filler can still cause discomfort and a form of topical or injected anesthetic is almost always used.
At The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, your provider will offer topical anesthetic and can discuss your options to make sure you remain as comfortable as possible. Generally, the injections are bearable and do not cause a large amount of pain.
Hand filler–depending on the option you choose–tends to last between six months and two years. Some like Radiesse may leave behind more permanent effects. Though, none of the fillers themselves are permanent. Biological and environmental factors also contribute to how long hand filler lasts. Your injector can discuss how to promote filler longevity.
Like any type of medical or cosmetic procedure, there are some risks with hand filler injections. Most risks are minor and treatable, such as infection or lumps. The most major complication is the occlusion of a blood vessel. When this occurs, the blockage must be removed. In the case of hyaluronic acid fillers, this includes injection of the reversal agent. For Radiesse, however, there is no easy reversal.
One way to avoid this is to use a cannula that cannot easily penetrate blood vessels like a needle can. There are many blood vessels in the hands. Due to this, it is standard to use a cannula to reduce the risk of the procedure. Overall, the risks associated with hand fillers are low when performed by an experienced injector.
The average amount of filler needed for the hands is two syringes–one for each hand. Though, more severe cases may require more and others may only need half a syringe per hand. This is best determined during your consultation at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery.
The cost of hand filler is based on the type of filler you choose and the amount you need. For the two most popular dermal fillers used for the hands, the prices are as follows:
The injectors at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery are highly trained individuals with decades of experience. Beyond their cosmetic injection experience, they all have a wealth of medical knowledge and credentials. Having trained under plastic surgeons, our injectors know the most advanced techniques that provide superior results with less pain, risk, and side effects.
The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery is located centrally in Lynnwood, WA to serve all major communities in the Greater Seattle area. Just off the freeway and across from Alderwood Mall, The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery is easily accessible from I-5, I-405, and Highway 99. With luxurious treatment rooms and a friendly atmosphere, The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery provides the best hand filler in Bellevue and Kirkland.