We quickly get fixated on ageing changes around the eyes, along the jaw or on the neck, but often our hands are a bigger giveaway of the ageing process. The delicate skin on the hands is exposed to sun and environmental damage and as well as becoming thin, dry and pigmented, we lose collagen and fatty tissue in the dermis over time, resulting in wrinkles and loss of the plumpness we associate with youth.
Now, a leading hyaluronic acid dermal filler brand, has received FDA approval for use on the hands – the first approval of an application outside of the face. So, what does this mean? The Food and Drug Administration is a US organisation and so its approval does not pertain to us here in the UK, but the FDA has a very rigorous approval process, so patients can be confident this has been deemed a very safe use of this product.
FDA approval also doesn’t mean that dermal fillers haven’t been used to rejuvenate the hands prior to this. Both in the UK and US, injectables such as dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections are used in ways that are deemed ‘off-label’ very safely in the hands of experienced and reputable practitioners.
How do dermal fillers works as ageing hands treatment?
Fat loss is a natural result of the ageing process – in the face, we see it happen on the temples and the mid-face particularly – and on the hands, it leads to the bones, tendons and veins to become more prominent. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers work as an instantaneous skin plumper. The study put forward by the dermal filler brand found that patients typically saw an improvement in volume for up to six months, with minimal, mild and short-lived side effects.
Other uses of dermal fillers
The applications of dermal fillers are ever-increasing as the brands develop different consistencies and aesthetic practitioners utilise these products to create natural, subtle tweaks.
- Lip augmentation – this is a very popular use of dermal fillers with women of all ages. As we get older, the lips can thin and fine lines appear around the mouth. Dermal fillers can restore lost volume in the lips and definition to the lip outline, smoothing away fine lines. In recent years, social media has been a big driver in younger women seeking lip augmentation.
- Non-surgical nose job – another interesting development in the last few years. A rhinoplasty or nose job can often seem a very significant step to take as the nose is the dominant facial feature, but for those unhappy with the appearance of their nose, a non-surgical nose job can be a way to try before you buy as such. It’s not possible to make a larger nose smaller, but dermal fillers can be used to smooth bumps, fill lumps, adjust angles and alter the nasal tip with no permanent implications.
- Tear troughs – anti-wrinkle injections are used to smooth the dynamic wrinkles around the eyes, but what about the deep grooves that can develop at the junction of the eye area and cheek. Known as the tear trough, this can be a challenging area to treat and it’s a very advanced use of dermal fillers, so choosing a highly experienced and qualified practitioner is essential.
To find out more about dermal fillers and their uses, call 020 7467 3000 to arrange a consultation.