Hand Fat Transfer Leaves Hands with a Younger, Rejuvenated Look

In many parts of the world, hand rejuvenation procedures are among the most popular procedures provided by cosmetic surgeons. The procedure can be used to reverse the signs of aging and ongoing sun exposure to achieve a more youthful appearance. Let’s explore what it is and compare fat transfers and fillers, which are two of the most common plastic surgery techniques for hand rejuvenation.

What Is Fat Transfer Hand Rejuvenation?

Hand rejuvenation via fat transfer is a treatment that uses fat from another area of the patient’s body (autologous fat transplantation) to give the hands volume and a more youthful appearance. As with other fat transfer procedures, fat is taken out of an undesirable location into the dorsum (behind) of the hands during the treatment. In this minimally invasive treatment, local anesthesia may be combined with sedation at the donor (extraction) and recipient (hand injection) sites. 

Older hands have deteriorated skin quality with altered cutaneous pigmentation, skin flaccidity, visible veins and tendons on the dorsum, and a lack of subcutaneous fat tissue, among other aesthetic features. Filling and rejuvenating the hand are two outcomes that can be achieved with fat grafting. Filling the dorsum of the hand is achievable by utilizing autologous fat that has been collected.

This kind of filling makes it possible to reduce and conceal wrinkling and prominent veins and tendons, giving the hand a smooth, youthful appearance. Additionally, the significant increase in fat cells rejuvenates the hand by having a positive impact on both deep and superficial skin tissue.

Budget-conscious patients are looking into fat transfer as a more long-lasting hand rejuvenation option because it involves injecting fat from one area of the body into another. A small incision will be made by the plastic surgery physician, and a cannula will be used to extract a few vials of the patient’s lipids.

After being extracted, the fat is refined and processed on-site in a centrifuge before being injected into the patient’s hands in key areas to replenish volume beneath the skin. Instead of using large blobs of fat injections, micrografting is essential for successful results.

The hands can reveal the genuine age of a person, while skincare and avoidance of excessive sun exposure can help prevent sunspots and wrinkles, volume loss over time makes our vessels and tendons more noticeable on the backs of our hands. The skin’s texture can be enhanced, and apparent rejuvenation can be achieved by plumping up the wrinkled areas with fat transfer.

The most common non-surgical methods for facial rejuvenation include hyaluronic acid dermal fillers including Juvederm Ultra, Voluma, and Restylane. Fillers are formed of naturally made materials, these are the prepackaged injectable fillers that are used for this treatment. The biggest benefit is that, when carried out correctly, a sizeable portion of the filler transplanted may have a long-lasting, permanent effect.

Are You a Candidate for Hand Rejuvenation with Fat Transfer?

Since fat transfers can treat a variety of ailments, there is no perfect candidate for hand rejuvenation plastic surgery. People interested in the process for their hands desire younger-looking hands due to:

  • Prominent-appearing tendons and veins.
  • Diminished fullness.
  • Skin thinning.
  • Prominent bones from arthritis.

Because hands that appear youthfully full and not fat might be a difficult technique, structural fat grafting for hands can be challenging. The idea is to make the skin feel and look thicker, partially covering veins and tendons while not hiding them completely to have a natural appearance.

Fat Transfer Hand Rejuvenation: What to Expect

The amount of fat taken and the number of places used for donation affect how well people recover from structural fat grafting. Recovery might go more quickly in less serious situations.

After the hand rejuvenation procedure, there will probably be bruising, swelling, and pain in the donor site and graft treatment area. Depending on the nature of your operation, it fades at a different rate. The full recovery of swelling and bruising from fat grafts can take some time. Swelling is more common at donor sites than at graft sites.

Benefits of Hand Fat Transfer

Here at VIDA Wellness and Beauty our patients adore hand fat transfer for a variety of fascinating reasons, including:

  • Restoration of the naturally occurring collagen and fat loss that happens with aging and exposure to the elements
  • Uses your own body fat as a filler to drastically lower the risk of an allergic reaction.
  • Quick treatment duration of 15 to 20 minutes
  • Long-lasting outcomes
  • Reduction of creases, folds, and wrinkles
  • Correction of any appearance that is lanky, veiny, or “tendony”
  • Supple, soft hands
  • It is simple to combine hand fat transfers with other fat transfer techniques to get rid of wrinkles.

How Are Fat Cells Obtained and Moved in Autologous Fat Grafting?

The thighs, abdomen, and butt are typical donor sites for fat grafting because they serve as storage places for fat that may be dispersed elsewhere without being noticed. By using liposuction for fat harvesting from these donor sites, plastic surgeons can cleanse it before using specialized needles to inject it into the areas that require augmentation. The face, breasts, buttocks, and hands are the most frequent locations for this to occur.

What Conditions Can Be Treated by Hand Fat Transfer?

To make patients seem and feel younger, hand fat transfers are done to bring back the appearance of the hands to that of the patient’s 20s or 30s. The treatment can also have a few cool health advantages. Some people say that after getting the process, their hands feel stronger, their joints and knuckles don’t hurt as much, and their hands are smoother and softer.

How Does Hand Rejuvenation Fat Transfer Work?

Hand fat transfers are an easy and uncomplicated cosmetic surgery. The procedure is swift and effective.

  • By quickly removing healthy fat from another area of the body, plastic surgeons perform liposuction (usually the belly, thighs, or buttocks).
  • Then, this fat is cleaned up and made ready for grafting.
  • The healthy fat is injected by plastic surgeons using a small needle and cannula into the parts of the hand that have lost volume and liveliness.
  • More fat than necessary is injected to accommodate for the body’s natural reabsorption of the injected fat (as the body will absorb a certain percentage of this, and we want you looking great even after that occurs).

Hand Rejuvenation Fat Transfer Recovery

You might feel a little sore and slightly uncomfortable just after a hand fat transfer and bruising at the injection sites is probable. Your hands will probably be swollen or puffy as well. A lengthy time of rest or recuperation is not usually required because these side effects frequently go away fast.

Using cold compresses or ice packs can help these effects subside more quickly. However, don’t push too hard, as you don’t want to unnaturally shove fat into new places of your hands. The duration of some of these adverse effects can range from seven to ten days.

Why Opt for a Hand Fat Transfer with VIDA?

Our team at VIDA has a stellar reputation for assisting individuals from all over the nation, from across international borders, and from all walks of life to revitalize and restore their bodies. Our team of experts, who specialize in both surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic procedures, is committed to making you feel and look years younger. Simply get in touch with us to schedule your consultation when you’re ready to learn more.


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