If a picture is worth a thousand words, the photos of my hands are worth more than a thousand. A few months ago I was invited to try a treatment that can turn back the hands of time (on hands) in less than an hour with immediate results. The treatment is done with Radiesse, an injectible filler. The results are so impressive that the pictures speak for themselves.
The reason I’m so excited about this: Your face and body may look young, but aging hands will give your age away. In the past, there was little one could do about wrinkles, veins and protruding bones that signify “aging.” The solution was to wear gloves or not show your hands too much (there’s a reason Madonna wore fingerless gloves not just to make a fashion statement). Fortunately, the FDA has approved Radiesse for this fabulous treatment for hands, and it’s close to a miracle. In less than an hour you can improve your hands almost instantly.
Like every procedure I review on advicesisters.com, I experience the treatment myself and report with my own photos, even though they’re not usually flattering. Everyone’s skin is different and your results may vary, but follow me through this post and you’ll learn what the treatment is like, and what to expect before you invest in it. Note too, that Radiesse has been approved for facial treatment since 2006. It has also been used off-label for hand augmentation — and is approved in 52 countries for that indication. In the United States, the FDA approved Radiesse as a dermal filler for the face to fill in lines and folds, but not for hands. Now that it’s approved, I am delighted to share my experience, and results, with you:
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I entered the busy Juva Skin & Laser Center and Plastic Surgery on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, to experience the treatment by Manhattan to Meet Dermatologist, Dr. Bruce Katz. He not only does this hand treatment using Radiesse injectible filler (the first to be FDA-approved for use in the hands)he was part of the clinical trials. “No other filler is approved for the area—though, between us, doctors have been using fat and hyaluronic acid off-label for years to hide veins and tendons in hands. …hands are the last frontier,” he says. Radiesse is ideal for hands because it’s long lasting, up to a year. The microspheres of CaHA have been shown to last up to seven years clinically. Results will vary, affected by age, skin type, lifestyle and muscle activity. Dr. Katz says he has seen Radiesse last two and a half years…. (I hope that applies to me)!
The first thing I was asked to do was fill out a detailed questionnaire. I then met briefly with Dr. Katz . I’ll admit that I was a bit worried that it would be painful, or wouldn’t work or give good results. Dr. Katz is a busy man but he was very focused and professional. He told me that how long the results lasted would be dependent on a number of factors, including how much I use my hands. Since I type hours and hours a day, I delayed publishing this report for about a month and a half to see how the treatment last. Your results will vary, but as you can see from my photos at the top of this page, the Radiesse hand treatment not only made a huge difference, it’s lasting and actually looking even better with time. Dr. Katz asked if I was allergic to any drugs and a few other important questions, and then he directed me to one of his treatment rooms where his head nurse took over. She was very reassuring and pleasant and offered to take photos of my hands pre-and post treatment. The rest of the photos were taken by me. None of these photos have been re-touched in any way.
I admit I was a little nervous,but seeing the New York Best Doctors of 2015 poster plus all of the magazine covers on Dr. Katz’s treatment room gave me more courage. *A note: choose your doctor very carefully when deciding upon any treatment with inejectibles, lasers, etc. A”filler party” may cut the cost, but the price may be a disappointing or dangerous result. Dr. Bruce Katz is Clinical Professor of Dermatology at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Director of the Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Clinic at Mount Sinai Medical Center, and Director of the Juva Skin & Laser Center in New York. He has been named repeatedly by New York Magazine as one of the best doctors in New York, has been a frequent guest on national and international news shows including The Today Show, Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, The View, 20/20, Good Morning America, and CNN. Dr. Katz is a leading innovator of advanced laser technology, the internationally recognized SmartLipo and “Madonna Lift” as well as other skin rejuvenation techniques. Dr. Katz was the only dermatologist in the country to be involved in the FDA trials for the revolutionary new Cellulaze treatment for cellulite and the first doctor in New York to perform this procedure. Carried out at the Juva Foundation Research Center, this facility conducts national clinical studies on new technologies and products coming into the U.S. It is also the only world training center for doctors to learn the Cellulaze procedure. Dr. Katz has published extensively in leading medical and scientific journals and lectures regularly at medical symposia in the United States and abroad. Dr. Katz is also a national spokesman for the Skin Cancer Foundation, He holds leadership positions in many local, state, and national professional organizations. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, and on the board of directors for the International Society for Dermatologic Surgery. He is Past President of the Dermatologic Society of Greater New York.
As my hands were slathered in the numbing cream, I listened to some music with a drape on my lap to handle the melting cream. In about ten minutes the nurse came in and asked to wash my hands. Then Dr. Katz came in and administered some more lidocaine by injection. When I was ready to face the needles I began to be nervous, because I had seem some video and photo of this treatment on another website, and it looked painful “scary.” Done properly you won’t feel anything — and I didn’t. The actual injections took just a few minutes. After the numbing cream had been on my hands for about 10 minutes, Dr. Katz returned for the main invent, administering the Radiesse..
As a reporter, I wanted to look at what Dr. Katz was doing but he didn’t let me look. I estimate each hand took about five minutes. . I did feel the needle moving around a bit, but barely. After the injections Dr. Katz asked me to make a fist, smoothed out something, and I got two small band-aids at the major injection sites. That was it!
If you are going to bruise, you’ll know it fairly quickly. But I didn’t see any bruising at all, and the only results was that my hands looked swollen. It took a few days for the puffiness to calm down. For the next couple of days my hands ached a tiny bit, but it was no big deal. My skin smoothed out immediately and has stayed that way, even getting better! The best thing was that my obvious veins and wrinkles were immediately gone! Dr. Katz says that hands plumped up with Radiesse can look normal in a week. ” In my case, that was true.
THE BOTTOM LINE: this treatment is a lunch hour miracle. You can be a size 2 and have filler in your face, but you will give away your age with your hands if they’ve lost natural elasticity and fat volume, and look sunken. I was blown away by this treatment. Even better, for those who worry about injecting something into their bodies, know that Radiesse is made of calcium hydroxylapatite which is a natural product, therefore it doesn’t cause any type of long-lasting inflammation when injected into the body. However, Radiesse for the hands is not recommended for anyone with severe allergies, bleeding disorders, or skin infections, or for hands severely depleted of fat. One syringe can cost between $800 and $1,200, says Katz, and most patients require one to two syringes per hand per treatment. If there’s a downside, it’s that the treatment can be costly. I was quoted $950 for a syringe of Radiesse. The cost will vary depending upon how much Radiesse you need, and the cost will also vary from doctor to doctor and state to state).
If you’re interested in discovering how Radiesse can change the look of your hands with minimal downtime, please contact JUVA Skin & Laser Center today. During your consultation, they will explain how your hands will change with these injections and the amazing outcome you can expect, but I hope my report above is that picture worth a million words! You don’t have to be in NYC to receive treatment from Juva Skin, get more information on the Juva Skin & Laser Center website.