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Fat Transfers for Aging Hands

When we think of aging, we think of areas of the face such as the eyes, cheeks,and mouth. We may think of banding on the neck and the formation of jowls.

 

But most people overlook their hands, although they are continually exposed tothe elements and are the most prone to showing the thinning skin and collagenloss that are the classic signs of aging.

 

Dr. Yamauchi provides fat transfer to rejuvenate his patients’ hands.


What is ​FAT TRANSFER​?

Fat Transfer is a procedure where unwanted fat is removed from an area wherethere is abundant fat and reinjects it into an area that has lost volume. A fattransfer is a 2 stage procedure , the first stage is liposuction. Liposuction is usedto harvest the fat, usually taken from the abdomen, flanks, upper thighs, or thebuttocks. The fat is cleansed and purified, and it is then reinjected back into areawhere volume needs to be replaced. Dr. Yamauchi uses this method to rejuvenate the hands.

Why Do I Need It?

The skin on the backs of our hands is much thinner than our facial skin. Plus, there is very little fat in the area. So, when you have a lot of sun damage on the skin on the back of your hands, coupled with declining collagen production that comes with aging, your hands begin to age quickly. They often show aging before your face or neck. This is a combination of thinning skin and collagen loss that allows the veins and tendons to bulge as our skin sinks. Now you’re left with crinkly, crepe-like skin, very visible tendons and veins, and lots of age spots.

Returning volume through fat transfer can plump the backs of your hands, minimizing the loss of collagen and compensating for the thinning skin. Your hands will look much younger.

Returning volume through fat transfer can plump the backs of your hands, minimizing the loss of collagen and compensating for the thinning skin. Your hands will look much younger.

Where is ​FAT TRANSFER​ used?

Fat transfer can be used for multiple body parts such as : breast, face, buttocks,hands and hips.We specialize in hand rejuvenation in our office, the most commonly injected area is hands in our office.


Why would I need a fat transfer to my hands?

The skin on the back of our hands is much thinner than our face skin. Plus, thereis very little fat in the area. So, when you have a lot of sun damage on the skin onthe back of your hands, coupled with declining collagen production that comeswith aging, your hands begin to age quickly. They often show aging before yourface or neck. This is a combination of thinning skin and collagen loss that allowsthe veins and tendons to bulge as our skin sinks. Now you’re left with crinkly,crepe-like skin, very visible tendons and veins, and lots of age spots.

Returning volume through fat transfer can plump the back of your hands,minimizing the loss of collagen and compensating for the thinning skin. Yourhands will look much younger.

How is a fat transfer to my hands done?

Dr. Yamauchi begins by harvesting the fat. Together, you decide where you would like to lose a little fat. Dr. Yamauchi then injects the area with a mixture of saline, epinephrine, and lidocaine. He makes a tiny incision or two and inserts a thin cannula to suction out the fat. The fat cells are then cleansed and processed, leaving just the fat cells. Usually about 20 to 25 millimeters will be used per hand.

The next step is to reinject the purified fat into the backs of the patient’s hands. Dr. Yamauchi seeks balance when reinjecting the fat. Once he has injected the fat it is massaged to create a smooth contour, filling in the deflated appearance and reducing the prominent bones, veins, and tendons of the back of the hands.

What is recovery like after fat transfer for my hands?

Because some of the fat will be absorbed by the body and won’t “take,” Dr. Yamauchi injects more than is necessary. This can leave your hands looking overfilled for 2-3 weeks, and the skin will have a bronzed or reddish look. There can be some bruising where the fat was injected. Then, as some of the fat is absorbed and the rest is supplied with blood and establishes itself, your hands settle into their younger, fuller future. There is little to no pain involved, and there is no loss of functionality in your hands.



Are there any risks with fat transfer to the hands?

 

Because this procedure uses the patient’s own fat there is virtually no chance of a reaction. The main risk is bleeding at the injection sites, but that isn’t extreme.

How long before I see my results?

 

After the initial swelling resolves and the excess fat reduces to its final amount, you will see your results. This can take from 2-3 weeks.

How long will my results last?

 

The fat injected can last for years, providing enduring volume to the back of the hands. The results look very natural: after all, it is your own fat that is providing the extra volume. Although these procedures with Dr. Yamauchi don’t cover every single raised vein and tendon, they make a real difference in how old your hands look. The procedure is very satisfying for our patients.


 
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