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Hand Rejuvenation Using a Combination Approach

Butterwick, Kimberly MD; Sadick, Neil MD

doi: 10.1097/DSS.0000000000000687
Review Article

BACKGROUND Hand rejuvenation has been recognized to play a key role in complementing and restoring an overall youthful look.

OBJECTIVE Aging hands present specific characteristics that require a carefully designed combinational treatment for a successful clinical outcome from a practitioner's and patient's perspective.

METHODS AND MATERIALS A Medline search was performed on hand rejuvenation from 1990 to 2015, and results are summarized. The authors' personal experiences with specific technologies are discussed.

RESULTS Review of available clinical studies revealed successful rejuvenation of the epidermis and dermis of the hands with topicals, chemical peels, intense pulsed light, and laser energy devices. Reports of sclerotherapy and laser veins ablation for dorsal hand veins were identified. Several studies on hand volume restoration with injectable volumetric fillers such as hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, poly-L-lactic acid, autologous fat transfer including the authors' personal experience with them are described.

CONCLUSION A plethora of noninvasive treatment options for hand rejuvenation have been thoroughly studied as monotherapy, but there is insufficient number of studies evaluating the best combination of therapies for this indication. It is likely that their strategic combination and sequence of application by a trained clinician will ensure a favorable outcome in addressing patient concerns.

*Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, San Diego, California;

Department of Dermatology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York;

Department of Dermatology, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York

Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Neil Sadick, MD, Department of Dermatology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY 10065; or e-mail:

K. Butterwick is a consultant and serves on advisory board for Allergan, Merz, galderma and Suneva. N. Sadick is a consultant for Merz Aesthetics and has received grants and funding from Cutera.

© 2016 by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Inc. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.
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