Injectable fillers have long been a staple among cosmetic procedures, seen plumping the lips and smoothing the faces of celebrities and ordinary people alike. This year, the United States Food and Drug Administration released some exciting news: a filler has been approved for use in the backs of hands. What, exactly, is involved in these injections? These treatments, known as dermal fillers, are used to treat soft tissue, filling lines and restoring youthful fullness.
Dermal fillers use different ingredients, but most commonly, they employ hyaluronic acid gel to add structure underneath loose or sagging skin. A naturally-occurring substance in the body’s tissues, hyaluronic acid is a type of sugar that’s found in the skin and cartilage. It comes in different viscosities for varied uses, and in addition to providing immediate volume, it also encourages the body to produce elastin and collagen, which can mean better long-term results.
The dermal filler that’s now FDA approved for use in hand plumping is called Restylane Lyft, and it’s the first product of its kind ever approved by the FDA for use anywhere other than the face. It can be injected in a lump amount and then moved into position manually, or smaller injections can be used, in separate parts of the hand. The procedure should last no more than about 15 to 30 minutes, and you might experience some mild swelling or bruising at the injection site. You can expect to see results within two weeks of the procedure, and while they won’t last forever, you can reasonably expect to see them last for somewhere between six and twelve months.
At Skin Cancer Specialists, P.C, we offer innovative and effective methods of skin management, including dermal fillers for hands and faces. We are pleased to offer fillers from the Juvederm Collection and Restylane Collection, as well as Sculptra and Radiesse. Our practice was originally conceived as a clinic devoted to treating people with skin cancer, but we have grown to become a premier dermatology practice with an aesthetic center that is staffed by licensed cosmetologists and aestheticians. Continually adapting our practice to reflect new and improved technique and procedures, we adhere to the highest standards in the industry. Call 770.422.5557 or contact us through our website to learn about our personalized care and what we can do for you.