Medical Fillers for Hands continued...
Among the most popular fillers are Radiuses, Sculpture, Per lane, and Juvederm Ultra Plus. "You're looking for thicker fillers with a much heavier consistency than what you would use for lines on the face, such as Restylane," says Marmur.
Once injected, Goldberg says, the filler is massaged across the back of the hand and "fanned out" to plump up and fill in the entire area. The treatment takes less than 20 minutes, and results are visible in a couple of weeks.
Initially, results can last from one to two years, longer than in the face, say experts, because the back of the hand has fewer muscles and less muscle activity capable of breaking down the filler. Buford says there is also evidence the injections stimulate the body's own production of collagen and elastin, so as time goes on you may need less filler less often to maintain the youthful look.
The Risks of Medical Fillers: Buford cautions about a theoretical risk of tiny lumps of filler and skin that form under the skin and that require surgery to remove. So far, no cases have been reported. Also, African-Americans or others who may have a tendency toward the formation of scar tissue or "keloids" should use only under the care of someone experienced in treating ethnic skin, says Buford.
The Cost of Medical Fillers: Depending on how much you need (men usually require three injections per hand, women about two), the cost can run from $1,000 to $6,000 per pair.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
For those who are needle-shy, or who want to amp up the impact of their filler treatments, experts say a few zaps from the new fractional laser skin resurfacing tool can do the trick.
Unlike laser treatments in the past that caused deep wounding and long recovery time, the new lasers create miniscule pinholes in the skin that inspire your body to begin producing its own collagen and elastin, without scarring, redness, or recovery time.
"You get the benefits of laser resurfacing -- still the best way to remove wrinkles -- but without the down time and complication rate," says Goldberg.