Young hands, unlined and smooth, look great flashing costume jewelry. Even a simple manicure with plain unpainted nails is attractive. But the passage of time and the effects of long term sun exposure take a toll. As we age, we lose volume in the hands. Aging hands with thinning skin and wrinkles are due to the skin’s loss of ability to renew once plentiful collagen and elastin. If you want younger and more youthful hands, there is a solution. Dr. Prasad uses a new method of placing platelet rich fibrin matrix derived from your own blood into the hollows of your hands. This platelet rich matrix is called PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and it is being used in all sorts of ways by the medical community, including burn healing and joint treatment. It also works to add volume in areas of your hands (and face). In this way, unattractive aging hands can be rejuvenated by the body’s own natural ability to heal itself.
How Is it Done?
The doctor, nurse or medical assistant takes your blood in the way you would normally give blood for a lab test. The blood is processed so the platelets (cells which stimulate collagen for healing) are separated from the other main components of the blood (this is called “platelet rich plasma” or “PRP”).
The platelets are processed and made into a platelet-rich fibrin matrix (PRFM) which becomes a gel. This gel can be made using the Selphyl or RegenLab product among others. This gel contains growth factors which activate your own stem cells to the area to create new skin. Since PRFM is like a gel, it has similarities to other fillers, and can be used to sculpt the hands or face.
You can do something so that your hands look and feel like the rest of your body: youthful, supple and a true reflection of you.
Dr. Prasad is a four time specialty certified cosmetic surgeon, including diplomate in Facial, Body, Breast and Extremity Cosmetic Surgery of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.