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Predicting The Future Of Younger-Looking Hands, Hands Down it’s Radiesse!

Jan 20, 2016 02:07PM ● By Cate Reynolds
By Lisa J. Gotto

While a fortune teller may be able to convey a lot about your future from reading the palms of your hands, you wouldn’t want the back of your hands giving away your age. The loose and crepe-y skin that develops on the hands as we age can leave our fingers looking bony and fragile. Now you don’t have to worry about your hands giving your age away and making you feel older than you are. The dermal filler Radiesse® which you may know as the go-to injectable for loss of volume in the face, has been FDA approved for use in the back of the hands to bring back the more supple look of youth.

Medscape, part of WebMD Health Professional Network, describes Radiesse as an opaque dermal filler composed of synthetic calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres suspended in a water-based gel carrier. The substance was approved in the U.S. in 2006 for use as a cosmetic, volume-enhancing agent for use in the nasolabial fold area of the face.

Its manufacturer, Merz North America, says that it provides “….an immediate volumizing effect and can help to reduce the prominence of tendons and veins in the hands, delivering smooth, natural-looking results that can last up to one year.”

It is currently approved for use in 52 countries worldwide and was recently added to a menu of services locally at Effective MedSpa & Wellness Center in Gambrills.

“We always want to offer our patients the best, safest, new treatments available. We introduced Radiesse for hands following the FDA approval and have had it now for six months,” says Laura Hardnett, owner of Effective MedSpa. Hardnett adds that there is no other injectable product on the market FDA-approved for use in the hands.

Dr. Hana Kelele, who administers the procedure for Effective MedSpa, talked us through what patients can expect:

“After an assessment of volume loss is completed, injections are administered underneath the top layer of skin. The hand is then massaged to distribute the product throughout … for even, plump results,” says Kelele, a certified Radiesse injector.

The simple nature of the procedure may be one of its biggest benefits, as you can easily schedule it to be done on your lunch break and return to work with minimal, if any, discomfort. (Effective MedSpa adds Lidocaine, a numbing agent, to the product to accomplish this.) The amount of product needed varies slightly from patient to patient.

“Typically, we use a minimum of one to two syringes. As with all of our non-surgical treatments, we first assess each individual patient as to what will give them the best result,” Dr. Kelele says.

With procedure simplicity, minimal downtime, and immediate results going for it, you may now have a couple of more reasons to get out that gorgeous cocktail ring or bracelet your sweetie gave you for Valentine’s Day and show it off!

Common side effects include swelling, bruising, and redness. Consumers should consult a Radiesse for Hands Certified Injector to review all safety information.

Payments Can Be As Simple As 1-2-3!

Costs associated with this treatment are quoted per syringe and range per patient is between one to three syringes. Once assessed, an Effective MedSpa patient can expect to pay the following for the treatment of both hands. (Please note: prices may vary per provider.)

  • 1 syringe: $625
  • 2 syringes: $1,125
  • 3 syringes: $1,560

What’s Up? does not give medical advice. This material is simply a discussion of current information, trends, and topics. Please seek the advice of a physician before making any change to your lifestyle or routine.