Posts for tag: hand rejuvenation
With the new year here, we look forward to making our patients look and feel their best. In 2016 we began offering a variety of new products and services. We plan to continue these and expand their use, while adding even more products and services.
Kybella is the first and thus-far only FDA-approved, non-surgical, injectable treatment for the double chin. What people love is that Kybella is permanent and maintenance treatments are not required as they are with most other treatments such as Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, and Voluma. The launch of Kybella was in 2016. This year we are planning to expand the use of Kybella to other areas such as the bra fat.
Volbella is a new filler in the Juvederm family released in October 2016. Volbella is designed for subtle enhancement of the lips. Specifically, it works well for vertical lines on or around the lips. Volbella is also used to shape and enhance the borders of the lips. This year we will expand the use of Volbella in the lips by combining it with Juvederm. Juvederm is used to volumize the lips and Volbella is used to perfect the finishing touches. What people love about Volbella is that, like Voluma, it uses Vy-Cross technology which allows patients to enjoy their results for a full year.
Voluma is a dermal filler used to restore lost volume in the mid-face. Patients enjoy the results of their Voluma treatment for up to two years with optimal correction. Voluma is designed to be placed in the upper cheek, giving the face a lift without surgery. We are also using Voluma to restore volume in the temples, which occurs in many people over time. Voluma can be combined with other treatments such as Botox, Juvederm, and Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing (see below) for even more rejuvenation of the skin.
While the face is the most common area for rejuvenation, other areas are being treated as well. The hands have become an increasingly popular area for rejuvenation. The Hand Rejuvenation treatment is a combination treatment designed to address multiple aspects of aging in the hands in a single treatment. The Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial is used to address sun spots that commonly appear on the backs of the hands. Then a filler such as Voluma is used to restore lost volume, which occurs over time and leads to the appearance of veins and tendons.
Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing is a new treatment we launched toward the end of 2016 and it will surely be a popular treatment in 2017. Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing uses a laser to create thousands of microscopic holes in the skin while generating heat. This stimulates the body to produce its own natural collagen tightening the skin, leading to a dramatic improvement in wrinkles and sagging skin. Although recovery time can be one to two weeks, the results of a Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing treatment are so impressive that it’s worth it.
It has been said that the appearance of your hands is one of the biggest age giveaways on your body. Now that so much cosmetic work is done on the face, when people look at your hands and they don't match your face it can be a dead giveaway. Now you can turn back the hands of time with hand rejuvenation.
What happens to the hands as we age?
Age we age, we see multiple changes in the hands. Just like in the face where we lose volume in areas such as the cheeks we also lose volume on the backs of the hands. This makes the tendons and veins more and more visible. Also sun damage creates wrinkles and dark spots on the surface.
How do you reverse aging in the hands?
The skin on the hands can be treated very much like the skin on the face. Volume loss can be addressed with fillers and sun damage can be addressed with laser treatments and skin care products. A number of different fillers can be used in the hands such as fat and Radiesse. Dr. Alex prefers using Juvéderm because it is made of hyaluronic acid, which can be dissolved if there are any problems. This makes it safer for our patients. The sun damage is treated quite easily with the Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatment, which uses bright light to target dark spots that frequently appear on the backs of the hands.
When do you see results with hand rejuvenation?
With fillers in the hands the results are seen right away. There is an initial amount of swelling that goes away after about two weeks, which is when the final results are seen. This is the best time to reassess the hands to see if more fillers are required. After a Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatment treatment the dark spots often get darker before they get lighter. Sometimes you see a coffee ground appearance and they flake off. Other times the pigment is absorbed by the skin. This can take up to two weeks to clear.
Does the hand rejuvenation treatment hurt?
Dr. Alex uses a painless technique when performing hand fillers. An anesthetic is injected into the back of the hand to keep you comfortable and he uses a blunt cannula instead of a sharp needle. This decreases discomfort and the risk for bruising. Also topical numbing cream is applied to the backs of the hands to keep you comfortable during the Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatment.
How long do the hand rejuvenation results last?
Most people enjoy the results of fillers such as Juvéderm in the hands for six to twelve months. The more active you are with your hands the more frequently you will require a maintenance treatment. For the dark spots, most people enjoy results with just a single Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatment treatment, but some people require a series of up to six treatments. After that maintenance treatments are done once every three to six months.