Turning back the hands of time

RENO, NV (KOLO) Pat Butowick isn't shy about giving her age.

“74,” she says. She says she takes good care of herself, exercises, eats right.

But she says she notices a change in attitude toward her once someone figures out she's a septuagenarian.

“I think the hands give away you know, your age,” says Pat.

That's why she has opted for this relatively new procedure using Calcium Hydroxylapatite. It's a mineral-like compound found in human bone that's been traditionally used as a facial filler.

Some products like Radisse are FDA-approved to use in the hands.

“Really it lasts for quite a while and people are really satisfied when they get this done,” says Dr. Cindy Lamerson, MD, with Nevada Center for Dermatology. “Because when they look at their hands they begin to think, oh my God, I'm looking like my grandma,” Dr. Lamerson adds.

Dr. Lamerson says the hands are prepped and then injected with the Calcium Hydroxylapatite. The doctor places tiny injections designed to fill spaces on the hands caused by aging and use.

“That skin is very delicate and we lose our subcutaneous tissue in our hands very early on. Really the beginning of the forties,” says Dr. Lamerson.

Pat says it's not painful.

Dr. Lamerson must manipulate the filler throughout the hand to even out the effect once the injections are completed. There will be bruising and stiffness for a week or two.

Look down at Pat’s one treated hand, and you can see the impact of the injections compared to the untreated hand. The treated hand, though slightly red, does show more fullness.

The results should last about two years.

Fat injections, using the patient’s own fat, can also be used to plump up aging hands. But Dr. Lamerson says fillers last longer and there is evidence they stimulate collagen, which helps build firmness and structure.

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