*Unretouched photos of subject, age 47
In spite of our anti-aging regimens, hands often betray us, revealing the truth about our chronological ages. Like the face, hands gradually lose their volume over time, resulting in thin and wrinkled skin as well as unsightly veins and tendons (chords). While injecting a dermal filler is an obvious treatment for restoring volume to our hands and faces, which filler is best? We recently discovered that only one has been approved by the FDA for hands: Radiesse.
Radiesse is different from traditional hyaluronic fillers, as it contains calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA), a substance that is identical to what’s naturally found in the body. When injected into the skin, these unique, patented, microspheres initially perform as a filler and, ultimately, stimulate new collagen production. Over time, though, the body gradually absorbs the Radiesse itself, leaving behind one’s own collagen. Los Angeles dermatologist, Dr. Helen Fincher, chooses it for her patients’ hands because, “Radiesse is a quick-fix for those bony veiny hands that were hard to treat in the past. It provides a nearly instant natural result with minimal pain and downtime.”
Radiesse lasts up to twelve months in most patients and is relatively less-expensive than other dermal fillers. Typically a single treatment costs $800; however, this varies based on provider’s location and the quantity needed.