Are Your Hands Giving Away Your Age?

How many people do you know who have been celebrating their 30th birthdays for a few years now?  Sure we may feel young in fashionable clothes and are able to keep up with the lingo of younger generations, but when it comes to aging there isn’t much we can do to hide its transparency without a little assistance.  When gravity begins to take its toll on the skin, as we age, it becomes thin, starts to sag and more pronounced wrinkles and brown spots appear.  Fortunately, advancements in both nonsurgical and surgical cosmetic treatments make it possible to help reduce common signs of aging on the hands and face so you can keep everyone guessing as to what your real age is.

radiesse hand rejuvenation atlanta gaWith the face being one of the most prominent features that is most noticed in daily interactions with people, an aged appearance can make us look tired and dull.  However, solely looking at someone’s face is not always going to be a dead giveaway of their age; we’ve all seen how genetics can keep women and men looking years younger than they really are.  But if you look at the hands, they can be quite telling of a person’s age.  Our hands are constantly exposed to harmful environmental elements, like sun damage, and unless you are wearing daily SPF, there isn’t much you can do naturally to slow down the process.  Cosmetic injectables like Botox® and facial fillers like Juvéderm® and Restylane® have seen successes as wrinkle-reducing treatments for the face, but recently the popular filler Radiesse® was FDA-approved for hand rejuvenation.

Hand rejuvenation using Radiesse® works similarly to the way treatments are administered for areas of the face.  I like to start by determining the appropriate amount of filler to be used to fill out the bony, delicate skin that has thinned out on the hands.  Once I am ready to start injecting, I lift the skin off of the back of the hand (making sure to avoid tiny vessels) and inject the filler into areas that can use plumping.  After the injections are administered, I then gently massage Radiesse® into the hands to even out any bumps and make sure that the treatment successfully covers the soft tissue and creates less prominent veins and tendons.  There is a numbing agent within in the Radiesse® syringe that helps alleviate discomfort for patients and only minimal swelling or bruising may occur after treatment. Results can be seen immediately after treatment and patients can return to their normal activities.   Generally, patients can expect their results to last 1-2 years and touch ups are encouraged to continue stimulating collagen, reduce volume loss and overall extend the result of your younger, more rejuvenated hands.

To learn about hand rejuvenation, cosmetic injectables or the various facial rejuvenation treatments offered at Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C., please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.  Stay up to date on the latest cosmetic plastic surgery and skincare news by following me, Dr. David Whiteman, on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Restoring a “Baby Face” with Facial Fillers

Traditional facial procedures like facelift and eyelid surgery are known to address the signs of aging and restore a more rested, youthful appearance. In addition to surgical procedures, double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman also provides non-surgical treatments including Botox® and facial fillers to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. In a recent New York Times article, the term “baby face” was coined by patients who are seeking the round, plump cheeks that associate with a younger faces. Facial fillers are typically injected into targeted areas of the face where wrinkles appear, but now physicians have begun injecting fillers into cheeks for a fuller, lifted result.

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During consultation, Dr. Whiteman discusses treatment plans with each patient to address their concerns. Facial fillers such as Juvéderm® and Expression® are composed of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance found in human skin. Fillers stimulate skin to produce more of its own collagen so treatments last longer, typically up to a year or two.

As one of the most prominent areas of the face, the cheeks may deflate and show excess skin as age and gravity takes its toll. These fillers re-plump areas where creases and furrows develop while also lifting folds. Facial fillers are a great non-surgical alternative to cheek implants or facelift surgery as anti-aging treatments. Many patients choose injectables as there is minimal downtime and no surgery, scars, or incisions required.

For more information about facial plastic surgery at Southern Plastic Surgery, please contact us to schedule an in-office consultation. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest cosmetic and reconstructive surgery news and information.

Expression® Facial Filler Now Available at Southern Plastic Surgery

For patients who are not quite ready for a surgical procedure, Dr. David Whiteman of Southern Plastic Surgery offers non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments to address minor to moderate skin conditions. Dr. Whiteman offers various cosmetic injectables to reduce wrinkling and replenish areas of lost volume. For example, Botox® and Dysport® relax facial muscles to smooth wrinkles and furrows while facial fillers such as Restylane® and Juvéderm® provide volume. Recently, Dr. Whiteman added the newest facial filler on the market, Expression®, to his menu of facial rejuvenation options. Since this product is new to patients, Dr. Whiteman has answered frequently asked questions about Expression® below.expression facial filler atlanta ga

What is Expression® and where can it be administered?
Like Juvéderm®, Expression® is a smooth gel made of hyaluronic acid (HA), a natural complex sugar found in the human body, which is injected into any facial area to address the signs of aging. However, it can be used near the eyes, on the forehead, and on the cheeks to add volume. Shallow injections may also be made near the lips and nasolabial folds.

How is it different from other injectables?
Expression® contains a pathogen-free medium, Bacillus Subtilis, making it 100 percent free of animal-based materials. Upon injection, Expression® does not draw water to the site so there is minimal swelling and bruising. Since it is made of HA and natural substances, results can be reversed if patients are unsatisfied.

What is treatment like?
Expression® is available in a 1.5 mL syringe. Prior to injection, Dr. Whiteman will discuss treatment areas and expected results with each patient. Lidocaine is applied to areas of treatment to reduce discomfort. The full procedure takes about 10 minutes.

What kind of results should I expect?
Patients can see results almost immediately after the procedure. There is minimal downtime and most patients typically return to normal activity following the procedure. Expression® typically smoothes fine lines, wrinkles, and folds for 6-12 months after treatment.

If you’re interested in learning more about facial rejuvenation or other procedures, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news and updates.