Fat Transfer to the Hands
A sure sign of aging is the loss of fat in the back of the hands. As you age, the skin gets thinner, and the blood vessels and tendons are much more prominent on the back of ones hands. The addition of fat to the back of the hands will give you a softer, younger look that will make you look and feel younger. The goal is not to give you “fat” hands, but rather reduce the signs of aging by reducing the wrinkles and decreasing the visibility of the blood vessels and tendons.
The hand will be marked to determine the specific area you wish to treat. This will be our outline and plan of action for injecting the fat into the hands. Next, the area for harvesting the fat will be identified and marked. After the area has been cleaned, tiny puncture holes will be made in the harvest area and numbing fluid will be injected. Once proper numbing is accomplished a special cannula will be used to harvest the fat to be transferred. The fat will then be processed and prepared for transfer. Prior to transferring fat, the hands will be properly numbed to assure a comfortable process. Finally, the prepared fat will then be injected into the chosen area.
The recovery from this procedure is quite simple. There is very little pain. You will have some swelling, bruising and stiffness for the first 10-14 days. It is recommended to reduce the activities in the first few weeks that you would require your hands. Increased activity will decrease the amount of fat that survives.
The use of fat to restore volume is considered permanent. Although, as you age, the fat in this area may naturally diminish with time. Depending on the desired results, it may be necessary to get multiple injections to achieve the desired volume. It is believed that the results at 3-6 months after the procedure are considered permanent.
Fat transfer to the hands is considered a permanent solution to lost volume. Many people use fillers such as Juvaderm, Sculptra, Restylane, Radiesse or Perlane to add volume to the back of their hands. All of these fillers are considered temporary and require ongoing injections to maintain the results. The cost of these fillers range from $400-$1500 per treatment and will last approximately 6-12 months. There is also limitations as to the volume that is used to inject since one is charged per milliliter of filler. The amount of fat to transfer to the hand is only limited by the amount of fat one has.
For the younger cost conscious individual, it may make sense to use these fillers. But in the long run, the cost is significantly lower with the use of fat. The initial investment is higher for fat transfer, but you should only require a single injection. Whereas using fillers will require ongoing injections every 6-12 months.
For the older patient that require a much higher volume of fillers, it is definitely cheaper to get the fat transfer to the hands. With fat, there is no limit as to how much can be transferred.
The fat that is transferred is your fat, so there is no way that your body will reject it. Nor is it possible that you would have an allergic reaction. Once the fat is transferred, your body will create a new blood supply to the fat to incorporate the fat naturally. The area will feel like your normal hands, just fuller. The fat is your own, so it will feel just like other areas of your body. Since the entire procedure will be performed under local anesthesia, you will walk out of our office and feel good afterwards. The area treated will be swollen, but numb for as long as 24 hours.
Fat Transfer to Hands
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