As we begin to age, our skin undergoes drastic changes. Skin becomes thinner, loses fat, and no longer looks as smooth and plump as it did in our 20s. Hyaluronic acid, a naturally transpiring element in the skin that helps give skin elasticity and fullness, is lost as a natural result of the aging process. As we lose volume, we begin to develop fine lines and wrinkles. The loss of tightness and firmness can also result from genetics, excessive sun exposure, smoking, high stress, and lack of sleep. Just like in the face and neck, the natural aging process can also include loss of volume in the hands.
Dermal fillers can help replace the volume we have lost in our cheeks, chin, lips, neck and hands. They can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and restore contour. Restylane is an FDA-approved dermal filler used for treating these wrinkles and fine lines. It is made with hyaluronic acid that acts to plump up your skin. Restylane is non-invasive, safe, and includes lidocaine to reduce discomfort during injections. Minor side effects such as bruising, redness, and swelling, are common but resolve within days. The Restylane line of fillers smooths away wrinkles and folds and provides subtle enhancement. Restylane can also be used in your hands to restore plumpness and volume loss. Restylane injections usually take between 15 and 60 minutes for each session. You may see results immediately, but the full effects take up to a few days to a few weeks after the procedure. You can expect results to last 12-18 before needing additional treatments.