Plastic Surgery 101

FDA approves treatment for aging hands

Q. Is it true that something was just approved by the Food and Drug Administration for rejuvenating aging hands? I'm 65 and recently had a facelift. I love the way my face looks but my hands reveal the secrets. Please help me out!

A. You are correct. Radiesse recently got FDA approval for treating aging hands. While Radiesse is not new, the FDA’s approval of using it for hands gives physicians and patients a greater confidence. Radiesse has been used as a facial filler for many years.. For many years physicians have been using Radiess to enhance the look of the aging hands. In addition to Radiesse, fat grafting has been used along with hyaluronic acid fillers and Sculptra for improving the appearance of the aging hands. All these fillers help improve the hallowed and veiny look of the hands.

The procedure is relatively simple as it is done in the office. A topical anesthetic cream is placed on the hand. Radius is then injected and gently spread out throughout the hand. The patient may remain swollen for a couple days but the swelling generally subsides within three to four days. Complications of this procedure include bruising bleeding and an occasional granuloma. The procedure is well-tolerated and patients are generally very happy with the results.

In addition to filling in the veiny look, the skin of this hands can be enhanced by laser treatment and skin spot removal. Of course, prevention is always important: Use sunscreen.

Dr. Carlos Wolf is a partner in Miami Plastic Surgery and is board certified. Email your questions to him at