Aging shows first on a women’s face with and then on her hands, both places on the body that are hard to conceal. Good news for women and men concerned about the appearance of their hands is that one of the fillers used to conceal aging without surgery on the face has now been approved to hide “old-lady hands.”
As we age, tendons and veins of the hand become more prominent, giving the hand almost a skeletal look. Yesterday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved use of Radiesse, an injectable filler manufactured by Merz North America, Inc. to supplement the volume loss in the back of the aging hand.
Earlier in the year, an FDA panel specializing in plastic surgery devices voted 9 to 4 that the benefits of using the filler on the hands are greater than the possible risks. Side effects seen in the hand are similar to facial use, including redness, swelling, pain, and bruising at the site of the injection. Side effects, when they occur, are usually mild and last about a week, but the positive improvement in the surface of the hand last about a year.
Radiesse was approved in 2006 for use in the folds between the nose and lip, nasolabial folds, has been used off-label for the hand. Research submitted to the FDA for approval included primarily white women with an average age of 53 years. Research results indicate that 75 percent of participants on active drug experienced an improvement, compared to only three percent of those in the control group. Impressive results.
They should be because facial treatments for Radiesse cost about $1,000. The hand will likely require more injections than the face, but remember that results last about a year.
Radiesse is the the first approved treatment to improve the appearance of aging hands. Raise your hand and take a look at it. You in?