Following the popularity of facial cosmetic procedures to reverse the signs of aging, cosmetic procedures that rejuvenate the hand are being sought. Irregular surface pigmentation, prominence of superficial veins and tendons, thinning of the dermis, and loss of subcutaneous fat typically characterize aging of the hand.
To develop the Hand Grading Scale for objective quantification of the severity of hand aging and to establish the reliability of this photonumeric scale for clinical research and practice.
The Hand Grading Scale is a 5-point photonumeric rating scale that was developed to objectively quantify the severity of aging of the hand. Nine experts rated photographs of 35 subjects, twice, with regard to the aspect “hand aging” in comparison with morphed images. Inter- and intrarater variability was assessed by computing intraclass correlation coefficients.
The agreement between the experts was considerably high. Bubble plots (bivariate scatter plots) demonstrated linearity in judgment by the experts.
The 5-point photonumeric scale generated spans the severity of hand aging for which patients most commonly seek correction. The scale is well stratified for consistent rating.
*Department of Dermatology and Skin Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; †Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; ‡Research and Development, Merz Pharmaceuticals, Greensboro, North Carolina; §Department of Dermatology, University of California at Los Angeles, California; ¶Charité—Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Klinik für Dermatologie, Division of Evidence Based Medicine (dEBM), Berlin, Germany; ∥AboutSkin Dermatology and DermSurgery, Englewood, and Department of Dermatology, University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado; #Division of Cosmetic Sciences University of Hamburg, Germany; **Department of Dermatology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Cary Skin Center, Cary, North Carolina; ††Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of California at San Francisco, California; ‡‡Rosenparkklinik GmbH, Darmstadt, Germany; §§Canfield Scientific, Fairfield, NJ
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Drs. Alastair Carruthers, Jean Carruthers, Derek Jones, Berthold Rzany, Joel Cohen, Martina Kerscher, Timothy Corcoran Flynn, Corey Maas, and Gerhard Sattler are paid consultants to Merz Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Bhushan Hardas, Dr. Mandeep Kaur, Dr. Roman Goertelmeyer, Dr. Alexander Gebauer, Dr. Rainer Pooth, Kathleen McClure, and Ulli Simone-Korbel are employees of Merz Pharmaceuticals. Larry Buchner is an employee of Canfield Scientific.