To minimize bruising, Dr.Nield recommends that you avoid any medications or natural herbal products that can cause bleeding for one week before your visit. Such products include: Aspirin, Advil, Aleve, and other NSAIDS. Many patients take one baby aspirin a day. If you need to stay on this medication for medical reasons, you can still have your hands treated. Patients who are on daily blood thinners such as Coumadin or Plavix, will need to remain on these drugs. You may experience a bit more bruising, but this will not in any way, interfere with the final results.
Ginseng, Green tea, Gingko Baloka and Garlic pills can also cause bruising, so, if possible, put these supplements aside for a week before a treatment.
Arnica gel or Arnica pills, sold in health food stores, and even pharmacies these days can reduce bruising when taken immediately before a treatment and afterwards. Bruising is not that common a side effect with hand rejuvenation, so most patients elect not to take any extra supplements.
Dr. Nield will have you relax in a comfortable position. Your skin will be cleansed with a gentle disinfectant solution. Injectable fillers with added xylocaine will be injected in small amounts into the back of each hand, and the product will then be massaged to ensure your hands look full and soft. Since xylocaine, a numbing solution is in the actual product, there is very little discomfort during the procedure. Usually, you will need one syringe per hand and the results are very natural looking younger hands that may last for up to one year.
A treatment usually takes only 15 minutes.
Your hands will feel slightly numb for up to one hour. Your hands may be slightly swollen for up to one week after a treatment. This will not be obvious to others. Infrequently, there may be some bruising and some discomfort. Tylenol and ice can be used to minimize this. You should not massage or rub the back of your hands for 24 hours.
It is important to not overwork your hands immediately after a treatment. Avoid strenuous physical activity that could contribute to further swelling of your hands. Handle your hands with care and you will be delighted with the results.
Dr. Nield will see you for a follow up visit in 2 weeks. 75% of patients are very happy with their hands and no further immediate treatment is necessary. 25% of patients will need another treatment to maximize results, usually only one more syringe is needed. This treatment can be done at the time of the follow up visit.
Most patients have very long lasting results, not needing another treatment for up to a year. Smoking, stress and sun exposure reduce the effectiveness of the treatments. Dr. Nield will recommend skin care products and other treatments such as Intense Pulsed Light treatments that can further enhance the texture and tone of your hands.
Many of us try our best to stay fit and healthy. We all care about how we look. We colour our hair, wear makeup and nail polish. Botox and fillers for the face such as Juvederm, Restylane, and Teosyl fillers are now common place. Many people are as comfortable having these simple procedures performed as they are having a spa treatment. As our face and neck appearance improves with the treatments offered by Dr. Nield, our hands continue to age.
Now is the time to literally turn back the hands of time and rejuvenate your hands as well, giving you an all over, youthful look. Many of Dr. Nield’s patients find themselves wearing brighter nail polish, once their hands have been rejuvenated! We see our hands every moment of every day, unlike our face that we see only when we glance into a mirror. Once our hands have been volumized, it is really amazing how much happier we are when we happen to catch a glimpse of our more youthful hands.