How to make your hands look younger

A child's hand holding an adult's hand.

Cosmetic surgery is not just for your face, breast, and body. Your hands age too.

As we grow older, there is a change of fat distribution in the body. For example, the face tends to lose some volume in certain areas, and the midsection of the body tends to gain fat. Another one of the areas which loses fat is the hand.

This loss of fat in the subcutaneous tissues of the hand makes the underlying structures such as tendons and veins stand out, as well as creating hollows in other areas. Since there is also loss of skin elasticity, the skin becomes wrinkled.

Several treatments have been tried in the past, including some lasers, peels, etc. These focused on the skin surface. Fat injections, on the other hand are great because they change the entire contour of the hand. With Fat injections I remove some unwanted fat from your stomach or thighs, purify it, and carefully reinject selected fat cells into your hands. After fat injections, your hands appear more full and “fleshy”, as younger hands do. It also corrects the underlying defect, which is lack of subcutaneous tissue.The results of fat injections in the hands are dramatic and immediately appreciable.

The procedure is done under local anesthesia and is very well tolerated. The postoperative period is also painless, but the patient has to wear a splint to immobilize the hand for 1 week. There is only one drawback to the fat injection surgery: Only one hand should be done at a time to allow you to care for yourself during the recovery period. I have been very happy with the results of this procedure and recommend it highly if you want your hands to look younger.

By Dr. Ricardo L. Rodriguez MD Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Cosmeticsurg Baltimore, Maryland Ricardo L. Rodriguez on American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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