Advantages & Disadvantages of Hand Rejuvenation

As far as signs of ageing are concerned, hands are often one of the first indicators for most people. Wrinkle injection treatments for your face can’t hide crumpled and veiny skin on hands.

Quite often, hands will also reveal not only your true age, but can make all those other facial treatments stand out even more in comparison – and not in a positive way. The good news is that there are a lot of options when it comes to taking care of your hands, achieving a look that is consistent with other cosmetic work you may have had done. These techniques can help improve the texture of your skin, effectively reducing wrinkles and veins in the process.

There are a couple of considerations to make before you consider hand rejuvenation. Ask yourself whether:

  • Your hands have wrinkled, thin skin?
  • Your hands have age spots?
  • Your hands have visible veins or tendons?
  • Your hands have a loss of colour and tone?

If any of these sound, or look, familiar, you can begin to consider the benefits of hand rejuvenation treatments.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of hand rejuvenation?

Advantages:

  • There are a number of different techniques available for you to improve the quality, look and feel of your hands;
  • Following treatment, the veins in your hands will be less visible, and your hands will feel much smoother;
  • Your hands will look much younger, taking years of their age;
  • It can give you a consistent look if you’ve had other surgery done.

Disadvantages:

  • You may need to undertake treatment a couple of times to achieve the look you’re after;
  • Treatment of the hands may lead to swelling or stiffness, which can limit your capacity for movement;
  • If you’re a smoker or a diabetic, you may not see the results you expected;
  • If you want to remove the ungainly sight of veins, smooth your wrinkled skin, remove age spots, or improve your colour in the hands, then hand rejuvenation is the ideal way to do so.

How does hand rejuvenation work?

A number of different surgical options are available to you, depending on what treatments you opt for. Hand rejuvenation is typically not an invasive surgery, but in extreme cases a surgeon may recommend a surgical procedure to remove excess skin if your hands have very loose skin.

Depending on your choice of treatment, hand rejuvenation can be done using a variety of techniques, including:

Fat transfers

Also known as fat injectable, fat transfers is a procedure whereby your own natural fat tissues are re-injected back into your hands to add volume, which can cover any blood vessels, veins or tendons to improve its quality over time.

Fillers

Fillers use polyactive and hyaluronic acids to add volume in the hands by filling the space around veins, giving them a healthier look.

Chemical peels

Chemical peels, or laser skin resurfacing, are used to remove age or sun spots and to fix any skin discolouration that you may have.

Sclerotherapy

Scelrotherapy, otherwise known as laser vein treatments, are used to treat veins which are highly visible as a result of protrusion.

Skin excision

In the most extreme cases, where there is a lot of loose skin or wrinkles, skin excision can be used to remove some of the excess skin. Along with fat transfers, these are the only treatments that require incision surgery. Moreover, a lot of these treatments will require multiple sessions in order for you to achieve the desired results.

What kind of scarring can I expect?

Scarring can be expected if you’ve opted for a fat transfer or skin excision. For fat injectables, in order to obtain your fatty tissues, a small incision is made so that fat can be removed. For the removal of loose skin using incisions, the scars will generally be located on the top of the wrist, which is an area that can be covered discretely while it heals.

Before and after hand rejuvenation treatments:

Before you undertake any treatments, your surgeon will sit down with you to explain how long you might be inactive or away from work. Once your surgery is complete, you and your carer will receive instructions in regards to looking after your hands, including any relevant information about the kinds of symptoms you’re likely to experience, or if there is any signs of further complications.

Following your surgery, you can expect your hands to experience degrees of swelling and stiffness. During the first few weeks, the swelling, stiffness or bruising will begin to dissipate. You should notice marked improvement in the look and feel of your hands in this period. Within the first two months, you may notice that your hands still have a pinkish hue, but your skin tone will blend in without signs of depigmentation.

If you had a fat transfer, you may experience soreness in the area from which the fat was taken. Generally, your surgeon will recommend that you stay out the sun, ensure that your hands remain clean, and may also advise you to apply ice to your hands.

Naturally they will also apply anaesthetic. Once it wears off, you’re likely to experience some discomfort. If you feel that you have pain or swelling which was not expected, contact your surgeon immediately to assess the situation properly.

Figuring out a timeframe for your full recovery from hand rejuvenation treatment will depend on the work you had done. It is important to take notice of what your surgeon tells you, whether that pertains to antibiotic prescriptions or what you should and shouldn’t be doing with your hands before they recuperate.

Again, the amount of time necessary for recovery will vary on the surgery you had and your own condition. As a general rule of thumb, for mild treatments you can expect to be able to use your hands within a couple of days, and sometimes even within a couple of hours.

How long do the benefits of hand rejuvenation last?

Depending on your choice of surgery or treatment, the benefits of hand rejuvenation can vary. For instance, if you had a filler procedure, that could potentially last you anywhere from 3 to 12 months. Fat injections typically last longer than that, and furthermore injections can be repeated to prolong the effect.

Be warned though that if you are a diabetic, smoker, or your hands are frequently exposed to the sun, you may see less than desirable results, and your treatment may not last as long as expected. However, refraining from sun exposure or applying moisturizers and using gloves can help prolong the benefits of hand rejuvenation.

You should stay in contact with your surgeon

If you have any concerns or questions about your hand rejuvenation procedure, you shouldn’t hesitate in getting in touch with your surgeon. They’ll be able to guide you through any issues you may have; if you notice changes in your hands you should speak to your surgeon immediately.

If you’re looking to rejuvenate your hands in Greater Melbourne, visit a Cosmetic & Laser Medical Centre in Melbourne or Geelong.

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