24 May FDA Approval for Radiesse
June 5, 2015 — Women who want younger-looking skin have a new helping hand.
The Food and Drug Administration has named Radiesse, a wrinkle filler for the face, the first injectible for hand augmentation.
Women want mitt makeovers because after the face and neck, the hands are quick to give away age. They can appear red and splotchy and show bones and tendons — not a pretty look.
“I wasn’t happy with the way my hands were looking — the veins were showing and the skin didn’t have its youthful vibrance,” says Margareta Shakerdge Cottington, 66, who had the procedure this week.
“It filled in all those pockets and the veins are not noticeable now.”
Reality star Brandi Glanville has also had the procedure: She did hers on camera for “Entertainment Tonight” in 2013.
But it’s not just older women who want in: Young women are getting hand rejuvenation so they can take engagement ring selfies without shame, the Daily News reported in August.
Until now, doctors often injected fat from another part of a woman’s body back into her hands.
“But fat is very bulky and lumpy,” says Dr. Bruce Katz, the director at Manhattan’s Juva Skin and Laser Center who led the study on Radiesse. It can cause bruising and swelling, and is “not terribly elegant,” he adds.
Physicians could also Juviderm, which contains hyaluronic acid, to give hands a temporary boost, but the coverage isn’t as good and it wears off quicker than Radiesse, which is derived from calcium.
“Radiesse stimulates collagen so you get some permanent improvement,” Katz says.
Clients’ paws look plump immediately and stay so for a year, and sometimes two. Katz also likes that the side effects are minimal, although last week the FDA did ask filler manufacturers to warn patients about serious complications like blindness and stroke.
The price isn’t so painless: One syringe of Radiesse can cost $800 to $1,200, and patients usually need one per hand. Because it’s a cosmetic procedure, it’s not covered by insurance.