When most people think of cosmetic surgery or rejuvenation, they think primarily of benefits for the face. And yet, the benefits of cosmetic improvement also stretch to another part of the body, including the hands.
As we age, the already thin skin on our hands seems even thinner because of the loss of fat tissue, and thereby prominent appearance of veins or tendons. Handlifts are typically performed with simple injections of filler beneath the skin of the hands at strategic intervals. Injecting filler provides almost immediate results that can lasts up to one year.
Another longer lasting option for creating fuller, younger looking hands is fat grafting. Our doctor removes fat cells via liposuction from one area of your body and transfers them to your hands. By making use of your body’s own cells, your body is likely to accept the procedure easily and a smooth, natural look can be achieved. One benefit from fat grafting is that we typically harvest more fat cells than we need, which can save a lot of money when injecting it into the hands and/or face.
When using a filler like Juvéderm the more volume that is needed, the more expensive the procedure becomes. Averaging at the cost of $600/syringe, and each hand can frequently take 3 to even 5 syringes of filler, the total cost is around $3,600–6,000 for a full treatment.
Fat grafting can be a more affordable option, though it requires general anesthesia. The average costs for a fat grafting procedure on hands ranges around $5,500. Fat cells harvested from the body can also be used to improve other areas like the face, potentially an even greater savings.
When it comes to handlifts, recovery is relatively mild. Patients may experience mild bruising, swelling or stiffness, but these symptoms usually dissipate after a few weeks.
If you feel self-conscious about your hands, or if your hands just don’t look as youthful as they once did, come in for a free consultation with our physician, who will be happy to candidly discuss available options and appropriate expectations.
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