Our hands (as much as or more so than our faces, neck, and chest) have the potential to become a dead giveaway when it comes to the number of years we've spent on planet earth—especially as we get older. (Just ask my ageless 70-year-old mother who playfully jests her hands are the bane of her existence.) So while we experienced a mix of racing emotions upon watching Dara Liotta, MD, FACS, inject one of her patient's hands with a syringe full of hyaluronic acid (Juvederm Ultra, to be specific), we weren't exactly surprised.
After all, we live in a world where we inject pretty much every other area of our body with fillers, acids, and serums, so why not our hands too? Plus, as editors in the beauty industry, there's not much that could surprise us this day in age. (Anyone heard of the Penis Facial?)
One part fascinated, one part horrified by Liotta's post (there's just something about seeing needles infiltrating human flesh in our feeds that sends us into a panic), we also couldn't tear our eyes away, and obviously, being the forever-curious beauty sleuths we are, more information was needed—ASAP.
"Watch a #nonsurgical 'Hand Lift' #Live #hand #rejuvenation with #Juvederm and a microcannula on one of my most entertaining patients!" Liotta captioned underneath her video. "#hyaluronicacid fillers can be used in the hands to camouflage tendons and veins that become more prominent with age, making our hands look (#gasp) old! Here I'm using #JuvedermUltra. The results will last around a year, and will give her #hands a softer, more #youthful, appearance. I shut off the sound, so you can't hear us joking and laughing! No bruising. No pain. No recovery time." Sound too good to be true?
Well, we reached out to Liotta, herself to find out. Our first question: When do our hands start showing their age? (Aka: when could someone start considering the treatment?)
"The hand lift works for any age, but the hands tend to show their age in the late thirties, early forties, and beyond," Liotta explains to me. "When I do the hand lift in my office, I also include BBL (broadband light) laser treatment to remove brown spots in addition to filler to replace volume loss." And while she says the filler can be used on just about everyone, the BBL laser won't work if you're someone who experiences severe hyperpigmentation. Good to know.
Below, Liotta breaks down what goes happens in her office during each of the two key components crucial to her "hand lift" process: filler and BBL.
Step 1: BBL (Broadband Light Treatment)
"BBL by Sciton treats sun-damaged and aging skin to effectively remove pigmentation and the dreaded and rudely named, 'age spots.'" says Liotta. "The light energy delivered by the BBL will gently be absorbed by the unwanted pigment (melanin) responsible for these spots in the upper layers of the skin. Over the next few days to weeks, the spots will darken and fall off."
And while the skin might be a little pink post-treatment, the flush should only last for up to 24 hours or as little as 30 minutes. According to Liotta, there's no downtime, and you can maintain the result with anywhere between two to four treatments. (She also says you can maintain with one treatment annually with no problem or side effects whatsoever.)
Step 2: Filler
"Just as you can the face, you can restore volume to your hands as well. Volume loss in the hands leads to prominent blood vessels and tendons that, frankly, make our hands look 'old.' You can turn back the 'hands' of time (pun intended) with filler injections, which offer immediate results," says Liotta.
Do be warned that there might be a little bit of swelling for up to 48 hours after your treatment, but she describes the severity as "non-dramatic." Oh, and in case you're wondering about the cost, one of Liotta's hand lifts will run you up somewhere between $2000 and $4000, although she says it will depend on the individual.
"Almost any filler can be used," Liotta emphasized after I asked whether or not she only ever uses the aforementioned Juvederm Ultra. "In general, I only use hyaluronic acid fillers because they can be very easily dissolved if there are any issues or a patient doesn't like the results." She says that any hyaluronic acid filler can be used, but that she prefers either Juvederm Ultra, which yields results lasting anywhere from nine months to a year, or Juvederm Volbella, which lasts longer—anywhere from one and a half to two years.
Fascinating, right? We thought so. But just in case you're in the market for softer, smoother, younger-looking hands that won't send shivers down your bank account, keep scrolling. We've rounded up 11 luxe treatments our editors love getting handsy with. (Okay, you knew that had to happen.)
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