Since most dermal fillers are formulated to address signs of aging on the face—nasolabial folds, hollow cheeks, and thin lips—that’s the area that tends to get the most attention. Of course, the face is not the only part of the body where wrinkles and lines appear as volume diminishes due to fat, collagen, and hyaluronic acid depletion. The hands are also features that take a toll as the years go by, with volume loss creating a skeletal look due to bones, tendons, and veins becoming more pronounced.
There is a dermal filler approved by the FDA for use on the hands: Radiesse®. In the Los Angeles area, at Skin Care And Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills, Radiesse® is used to contour the hands—as well as the face and jawline.
While many dermal fillers have hyaluronic acid as their base, Radiesse® is made with microspheres of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) suspended in a gel. The spheres encourage the body to produce new collagen where injected. Filled with fresh collagen collagen, the skin can transform from dull and wrinkled to healthy and vibrant. The CaHA microspheres will eventually be absorbed into the body, but the collagen will remain to support the skin.
Results typically last for one year, though “touch ups” can be scheduled to maintain the more youthful look. Ongoing maintenance is vital for anyone who wants their smoother skin to last, since collagen molecules only last a finite amount of time in the skin. Though the proteins are routinely replaced, this process slows with age—a change that leads to the formation of wrinkles and lines in the first place.
Creating new collagen, such as via the process triggered by Radiesse®, is known as “neocollagenesis.”
To learn more about Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills and the available Radiesse® treatments, as well as other strategies for addressing collagen loss, call 310-246-0495 or send a message online.Written by Dr. Derek Jones
Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.