If you’ve ever wanted to take unwanted fat from the problem areas in your body and redistribute it to areas that are in need of a little enhancement, you’re not alone. The demand for fat transfer procedures is steadily increasing as people discover the benefits of this non-invasive, natural way to augment their figure or eliminate signs of aging in the skin. Facial fat transfer was third on the list of surgical procedures that saw the greatest increase in 2017, and fat transfer is a popular option for enhancing the shape and size of the breasts and buttocks. However, it might surprise you to learn that more and more patients are looking to fat transfer treatments to achieve smoother, younger-looking hands — treating the loss of volume from the backs of the hands that often occurs as a natural side effect to aging. At Desert Aesthetic & Vein Centre, we’ve put together a list of the top ten benefits of undergoing a hand fat transfer procedure to help you learn more about how Dr. Fisher can take years off the appearance of your hands!
Fat transfer procedures work by merely replacing lost volume in your skin with your own supply of body fat. In a hand fat transfer, the fat that has been removed by liposuction from elsewhere on your body is strategically reinjected into the skin on the back of your hands to restore the fullness that has been gradually lost over time.
2. Works Instantly
A youthful hand is plump, smooth, and has very few visible veins, tendons, and bones beneath the skin. As you age, your skin gradually slows its production of collagen, which results in the appearance of wrinkles and the loss of volume over time, especially in the hands. Hand fat transfers effectively plump-up the skin by injecting fat into the back of the hand, subsequently smoothing wrinkles and restoring volume. Injections are immediately effective and will continue to improve in appearance over time.
3. Fill in Flaws
In addition to hands with new fat cells, a hand fat transfer treatment can also help to fill in scar tissue as well as depressions in the skin sustained over time. The results of a hand fat transfer can improve the overall texture of the skin on the back of the hands and restore evenness to your skin’s surface.
In a hand fat transfer procedure, your own body fat – also known as autologous fat – is harvested from a predetermined spot on your body. Fat can be extracted from anywhere but is commonly taken from problem areas like the abdomen, side flanks or “love handles” as well as the hips and thighs. The extracted fat cells are processed and sterilized before being reinjected back into your hands, improving the overall look and feel. Because the fat transferred is from your own biological tissue, there is little to no risk of an adverse or allergic reaction, making fat transfer treatments significantly safer than injectable fillers that contain foreign substances or synthetic materials. You can minimize risks by following the advice and instructions of Dr. Fisher both before and after your fat transfer.
A fat transfer into the hands is one of the more minimally invasive treatments available for rejuvenating your skin. In most cases, Dr. Fisher will only use local anesthesia to minimize your discomfort, as most patients easily tolerate injections. The majority of side effects in a fat transfer come from the liposuction portion of the treatment, which can result in bruising, swelling or tenderness from the extraction site. The good news is this procedure is done on an outpatient basis, and there is virtually no downtime.
6. No Visible Scars
Like most injectables, fat transfer treatments leave no visible scarring at the site of injections, leaving your hands looking fuller and softer without any obvious signs you had work done. Because liposuction incisions are small, scarring is unlikely, and incisions made by Dr. Fisher can often be placed in a discreet or hidden area on your body.
7. Long-Lasting Results
One of the biggest perks of a hand fat transfer is the long-lasting results. Fat transfer results can last for years, and usually without the need for touch-ups or additional injections. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, about fifty percent of the fat injected in this procedure will survive, which becomes permanent in the body. The fat cells that do not survive will be easily reabsorbed into your body.
8. Improves Over Time
Several studies have shown that hand fat transfers can be advantageous to both the appearance of the skin on your hands along with the quality of your skin beneath the surface. Not only do fat transfers smooth and fill the cosmetic flaws present on the surface of your hands, but according to the National Institutes of Health, the introduction of a large amount of new fat cells can be beneficial to the dermal layer of your skin and encourage cell regeneration. That means your hands will continue to look firm and youthful for a long time as your new fat cells work to support your skin from the inside.
9. Pair with Additional Treatments
The hand fat transfer treatment at Desert Aesthetic & Vein Centre can be easily combined with additional fat transfer procedures, such as a facial fat transfer, for an all-over firm, youthful appearance.
10. Ideal for All
Hand fat transfers are safe, work instantly, and offer a natural and long-lasting solution to symptoms of aging on your hands. Fat transfer treatments can be performed on all skin types and tones, and are ideal for anyone who is in good health and has realistic expectations about what the procedure can do for them.
If you’re ready to see how a hand fat transfer can turn back the clock on aging hands, board-certified surgeon Dr. Ted Fisher is ready to help. With decades of expertise and unparalleled client-centered service, Desert Aesthetics & Vein Centre has the modern technology and highly-trained staff to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. Call 760-344-1101 today to book your consultation!