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The thin skin tissue on the hand, their constant use, and their continual exposure to the sun and the elements often leaves them looking aged, lackluster, wrinkled and veiny. Needless to say, this isn’t exactly flattering. One of the safest and most effective ways of treating this is by rejuvenating the hands with a simple fat transfer procedure that adds volume and greatly improves the appearance of the hands. In this minor surgical procedure, the gradual loss of collagen is reversed, with a fat graft to the hands.

Hand fat transfer at a glance

Hand fat transfers, also sometimes called micro-lipo injections or autologous fat transplantation, are a simple and straightforward procedure. The process is quick and efficient:

  • Liposuction is quickly done to harvest healthy fat from another area of the body (usually the belly, thighs, or buttocks.)
  • This fat is then purified and prepared for grafting.
  • A fine needle and cannula are used to inject the healthy fat into those areas of the hand that have lost life and volume.
  • To account for the body’s natural reabsorption of the injected fat, more fat than required is injected (as the body will absorb a certain percentage of this, and we want you looking great even after that occurs.)
  • The hand is massaged to ensure the fat is evenly distributed, addressing your initial goals for the procedure, and leaving your hands looking healthier and more youthful.
  • Following the procedure, some patients see their hands as looking as much as 10 to 20 years younger:

Am I a good candidate for a hand fat transfer?

The overwhelming majority of middle aged patients that visit Carmel Valley Aesthetics Center are good candidates for a hand fat transfer. You’ll need to be in good general health to undergo the procedure, though it’s by no means a major surgery.

You’ll need to have at least one donor site on your body with available fat cells that can be repositioned. That’s generally not an issue for most.

Fat transfer recovery

Immediately after a hand fat transfer, you might experience slight redness and discomfort, and bruising is possible at injection points. Your hands will also likely be puffy or swollen. These side effects tend to dissipate quickly and a long period of rest of recovery isn’t necessary.

Ice packs or cold compresses can help ease these effects more rapidly. Don’t apply too much pressure though, as you don’t want to force fat into new areas of your hands unnaturally. Some of these side effects may last for 7 to 10 days.

Why choose Dr. Karam for a hand fat transfer?

Dr. Amir Karam and the team at Carmel Valley Aesthetics Center in California have an exemplary reputation for helping people all over the country (and all over the world, really) to rejuvenate and restore their body. Specializing in both surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic treatments, the team at Carmel Valley Aesthetics Center is dedicated to helping you look and feel years younger.

Dr. Karam, who is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American Board of Otolaryngology, offers services in San Diego County including San Diego, Del Mar, Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, Encinitas, Rancho Bernardo and La Jolla in Southern California.

If you are ready to schedule an appointment with Dr. Karam, contact us today.

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