Sun exposure contributes significantly to the aged appearance of our skin. Despite the use of sunscreens, the combination of UV exposure and ageing contributes to the tired and aged appearance of our hands. While a good skin care regime will optimise one’s skin quality and texture, the volume loss that occurs with ageing cannot be corrected with skin care alone. Hand rejuvenation by way of fat grafting at our North Shore and Norwest, NSW plastic surgery clinics serves as a useful and effective tool in addressing many of the tell-tale signs of ageing.
Learn more regarding how Dr Chaithan Reddy can help you to achieve younger-looking, smoother hands, please feel free contact The Plastic Surgery Clinic & Medispa, serving Sydney’s Upper and Lower North Shore and Newcastle, at your earliest convenience.
How do I know if I’m a candidate for hand rejuvenation?
Our hands may appear aged because of:
- Loss of the fat content that is normally present in youth
- Loss of collagen and elastin in the tissues
- The development of sunspots and pigmentation
As a result of the above-mentioned changes, the hands can develop certain aged features such as:
- Loss of the shininess of the skin
- ‘Guttering’ whereby the bones of the hand become more visible on the back of the hand
- Prominence of veins
- Sun spots/blotches
These age and sun exposure related changes can often be corrected by hand rejuvenation techniques. The primary method of correcting these changes is via fat grafting the hand. Fat grafting in the medical profession has been practiced for decades for a variety of conditions, including breast augmentation and breast reconstruction, correction of contour deformities, and for buttock augmentation. Hand fat grafting has also been well described in the plastic surgery literature for hand rejuvenation.
What does the hand rejuvenation procedure entail?
The hand procedure is routinely performed under general anaesthesia at one of our several preferred private hospitals in the North Shore or Norwest region, although light anaesthesia is also an option if preferred. The procedure involves harvesting your own fat, from another region in your body where fat is not wanted, typically the abdomen or hips. This is performed using fine (1mm diameter) liposuction tubes. Next, the fat is prepared in a special manner, and subsequently reinjected into the subcutaneous (under the skin) tissues of your hands using very fine blunt tipped cannulas. This aims to correct the ‘guttering’ (bony appearance) and aged appearance of your hands. Fat grafting is also thought to improve the quality and lustre of your skin through important ‘stem cells’ that are transferred to the region in the process.
The recovery process
Your recovery will be overseen by Dr Reddy through regular check-ups. You should be able to return to caring for yourself normally within shortly after the operation, and you can shower the day after the fat transfer. You should expect to experience only mild discomfort, but we do recommend that patients keep the week after the operation free in order to facilitate recovery. Your results will be immediate and visually pleasing, however it can take up to two weeks for the bruising to resolve. By two to three months after your surgery you will be able to see the lasting aesthetic of your results.
Are you interested in hand rejuvenation through fat transfer?
If you’re unpleased with your hands’ appearance due to signs of aging, you may benefit from hand rejuvenation through transfer, which can be arranged at one of our practices in the North Shore or Norwest regions of Sydney. Please feel free to contact The Plastic Surgery Clinic & Medispa today to schedule a consultation to meet with Dr Chaithan Reddy and learn about your options.