Ask the Expert: Hand Augmentation | ageistbeauty

Ask the Expert: Hand Augmentation

Protruding veins, visible tendons, age spots and other skin irregularities are some of the telltale signs of aging hands. Up until now, there have been limited solutions for combatting this “right of passage”, that is able to belie the heroic efforts you may have undertaken to restore your face to its former glory.

Hand augmentation is an exciting treatment that promises to literally roll back the hands of time. To learn more about Hand Augmentation, we interviewed Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel, Chief of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Boston University Medical Center. Dr. Spiegel specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive treatments including facelift, eyelift, nose surgery, facial surgery and is double board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology.

Who is the ideal candidate for this procedure?

Dr. Spiegel: Anybody who feels their hands are starting to look aged.  In addition to coloration changes from sun exposure the hands look thinner which makes all of the veins and tendons appear.  This is a sign of an older person and may not match the face if the person takes care of themselves.

What is the cost?

DS: It depends upon how much filler is needed for the patient. But, it can be $2,000-$4,000 thousand on average.

What are the benefits of using an injectable versus sclerotherapy?  

DS: Sclerotherapy won’t do the same thing. Sclerotherapy will make the veins smaller, but won’t fix any of the thinness of the hand.  It’s much more rejuvenating to have the volume of the hand restored to look more youthful.

Before and After photos of Hand Augmentation

Before and After photos of Hand Augmentation

Are there certain medical conditions that may preclude a patient from getting the treatment?

DS: If you have a bleeding disorder that may be a contraindication to any injections.

Are there situations where more than one treatment may be needed?

DS: It all depends upon how much improvement a person wants. Typically we get it right the first time but it may require more than one treatment if you feel you want even more correction.

Other than initial soreness and bruising are there any complaints of numbness, tingling or nerve pain?

DS: Temporary numbness can occur. Tingling or pain are unusual.

Is there a risk of lumps under the skin?

DS: Not commonly, but should any occur they can be readily massaged to smooth.

Are there any restrictions to activities recommended beyond the first day?  

DS: There are no specific restrictions.

Can fillers with permanent properties be used for this treatment?

DS: It would not be recommended.  Permanent fillers, in this case, can cause permanent problems.


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