A recent article in Aesthetic Surgery Journal described the technique of lipomodeling (or autologous fat grafting) to the fingers and hands in order to restore a youthful appearance to aging appendages.
Dr. Devgan's expert commentary on this topic, including her use of Radiesse for this procedure, was featured on Healio.com, an online medical journal for physicians.
After age 30, most women's hands look older than their faces. In fact, plastic surgeons often regard the hands as the easiest way to determine a person's age, as aging hands tend to appear more sinewy, veiny, pigmented and thinner than younger hands. This article describes a popular technique for hand rejuvenation: autologous fat grafting.
In my practice, I employ both autologous fat grafting as well as injectable fillers to rejuvenate aging hands. While fat grafting has the advantage of being durable and using one's own tissue, injectable filler (such as Radiesse, Juvederm, or Restylane) is quicker, less expensive, and has a faster recovery. Both techniques are an essential part of a plastic surgeon's armamentarium, and each technique has a role in hand rejuvenation. The authors also draw attention to a valuable finer point in hand rejuvenation: that both the dorsum of the hand and the fingers deserve attention.
Lara Devgan, MD, MPH
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery