Hand Rejuvenation with Fat Transfer
- avg. recovery
About the Procedure
When combating the signs of aging, efforts should not only be focused on the face, but the hands as well. The hands experience the same loss in fat and collagen as the face, leaving veins and tendons more exposed. Fat grafting, much like dermal fillers for hand rejuvenation, can help to revitalize the look of the hands by increasing volume for a younger appearance. A liposuction procedure must be performed first in order to collect the fat to graft to the hands. Fat is typically collected from the hips, thighs, or stomach area but can be taken from anywhere on the body that has excess fatty tissue deposits. The donor area will be cleansed and anesthetized before a small incision is made for a cannula to be inserted. The area will be infiltrated with a tumescent fluid that is comprised of saline, lidocaine, and epinephrine. Fat will then be dislodged and suctioned into a container. Once complete, the donor area will be bandaged in a compression garment to help reduce bruising, swelling, and drain any remaining fluid. The collected fat will then be purified of any contaminants in preparation for grafting. A small needle will make a pilot hole at the wrist for a cannula to be inserted. Once inserted, the cannula will distribute the collected fat to any volume deficient area of the hand. More fat will be injected into the hands to compensate for an expected amount of reabsorption into the body, anywhere from 30-50%. When the procedure is complete, the cannula will be removed. The hand may be massaged to ensure even distribution of the fat.
The goal of hand rejuvenation is to add volume to the hands' wrinkled areas, covering underlying vessels and tendons while improving the quality of the skin.
What to Expect
Fat grafting can help to reverse the effects of time by restoring volume to wrinkled hands for a more youthful appearance.
- Stop taking blood thinning medications to help prevent unnecessary bruising
- Stop smoking and using all nicotine products 4 weeks before and after treatment
- No alcohol for 1 week prior
- Avoid excessive sun exposure
During Treatment: Fat Collection
- Donor area is cleansed and anesthetized
- Small incision made
- Donor area infiltrated with tumescent fluid
- Cannula inserted to dislodge and collect fatty deposits
- Patient is bandaged with a compression garment
- Collected fat is purified for injection
Following treatment, ice may be given to ease discomfort and swelling. Avoid applying firm pressure on the treatment area. Hands will be swollen for up to 2-3 weeks but most patients are able to resume normal activities within the first week.
The ideal candidate for fat grafting for hand rejuvenation has donor sites for the fat transfer and is in good general health.
Not Recommended For
Hand rejuvenation with fat transfer is not recommended for patients who smoke.
Normal side effects of hand rejuvenation with fat transfer include temporary swelling, bruising, pain, bleeding, infection, damage to nerves, and incomplete improvement.