Other than the face, the other area that shows the greatest sings of aging is the hands. A loss of fatty tissue in the hands results in a wrinkling appearance, often exposing underlying veins and tendons.
Factors that contribute to premature aging of the hands include/but are not limited to:
- Sun exposure
- Excessive stress
- Fluctuations in weight
Fat grafting, also known as lipoinjection or fat transfer, harvests the patient’s own fat using micro lipo-aspiration techniques from areas that excess fat is stored. It is then purified “centrifused” and reinjected it into the hands, creating an increased fullness and a more youthful appearance.
The ideal candidate for hand rejuvenation is:
- Physically healthy
- A non-smoker
- Someone with a positive outlook and realistic goals
- Someone with moderate wrinkling in the hands, with a prominence of the veins and tendons beginning to show through the skin
One advantage of fat grafting versus dermal fillers is it is the patient’s own tissue and therefore is not subjected to rejection by the body. Another advantage is most dermal fillers are absorbed by the body within three to nine months, forcing the patient to maintain a regular injection schedule as well as consistently increasing costs.