Ask the Expert: Hand Rejuvenation with Dr. Ellen Marmur | ageistbeauty

Ask the Expert: Hand Rejuvenation with Dr. Ellen Marmur

No matter how well you take care of yourself, in an effort to belie your physical age, there are certain areas of your body that have conspired with nature to reveal your anti-aging secrets. For example, the eyes – at a certain age, it became not enough to just have vision correction for farsightedness. Now, I need reading glasses to see the writing on packaging.  Otherwise, I am relegated to holding bottles at arm’s length to read the fine print (just like my grandmother did). Another area is your hands.  As you grow older, they lose volume (much like other parts of your body) increasing the likelihood of wrinkles appearing. However, since there is minimal fat in the hands, bones and tendons become very visible. This can make your hands look much older than you are.

Restylane Lyft recently became the first and only hyaluronic acid (HA) filler FDA-approved to restore volume to the hands. To learn more about the treatment, I chatted with Dr. Ellen Marmur, a clinical trial investigator for Restylane Lyft use in the hands.

What are the benefits of using an HA filler, like Restylane Lyft, versus other fillers?

Restylane Lyft is the first and only HA filler that is FDA-approved for use in the hands. Hyaluronic acid is safe and effective, and provides natural-looking results. HA fillers are also reversible.

Is there an ideal candidate for this procedure?

The treatment is ideal for those who are bothered by their aging hands. Many of my patients have seen volume loss on the back of their hands, resulting in visible tendons and bones, and bulging veins. Some of my patients feel that their hands make them look older than their age, so this treatment is ideal for those who want their hands to look more youthful.

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

You should talk to your doctor first to determine if you are a candidate for treatment. You should not use this product if you have severe allergies, are allergic to lidocaine or any of the gram-positive proteins used to make HA, or if you are prone to bleeding or have been diagnosed with a bleeding disorder.

Is more than one treatment needed?

Often only one treatment is needed to restore volume.  However, I recommend a follow-up visit after 2 weeks to see if one more syringe will be beneficial. 

Are results visible immediately?

Yes, the treatment instantly restores volume.

How long do the results typically last?

According to the clinical study, the treatment can last up to six months.

Is there a risk of lumps or nodules under the skin?

The most common side effects are tenderness, redness, bruising, pain, itching, and impaired hand function. All are predominantly mild in intensity, and temporary. However, the filler may swell for a few days after and I recommend a gentle hand massage to help the swelling resolve. 


Dr. Ellen Marmur is a leading board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon. She is a recognized and admired expert in skin cancer diagnosis and surgery, Mohs surgery reconstructive surgery, cosmetic surgery, and women’s health dermatology. Dr. Marmur is an experienced clinical researcher, specializing in genomic analysis of the effects of sun exposure and aging on skin. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Marmur is an Associate Clinical Professor in both the Department of Dermatology and the Department of Genetics & Genomic Research at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.


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