Friday, July 20, 2007
Medical Reports: Hand Makeover
You've heard of face lifts and tummy tucks, but what about plastic surgery for your hands? On tonight's Healthcast, Seven's Christine Cruz shows us how a new trend in cosmetics can take a few injections and a little laser and give you younger hands.
WSVN -- Liz Weber is not embarrassed to talk about the cosmetic work she's had done.
Liz Weber: "I've had Botox done for like seven years."
She was happy with her face but cringed every time she caught a glimpse of her hands.
Liz Weber: "They begin to look like your mom's hands. That's what freaks you out. It's like, I've got my mom's hands!"
So she's doing something about it. She's come to the dermatologist to give her hands a face lift.
Liz Weber: "The skin is getting creepy, and the veins are sticking out, and you're beginning to think you have old lady hands."
Turns out she's not alone. Dermatologist Marilyn Berzin says she's seeing a big increase in the number of patients looking to give their hands a youthful boost.
Marilyn Berzin: "The face is looking like 40, but the hands are looking like 60 years old."
The most popular treatment is Sculptra, an injectable and long-lasting cosmetic filler that adds volume to the skin and keeps tendons and blood vessels from showing.
Marilyn Berzin: "We have new options that we didn't have several years ago."
Treatments like Thermage aim to tighten skin and stimulate collagen. Other laser treatments help zap away age and dark spots.
Liz Weber: "To me, if it's non-invasive, can go back to work and it doesn't hurt, sign me up."
There can be mild redness after a procedure, but recovery and results are generally rapid. That's a welcome change for patients who want to turn back the hands of time.
But the cost of beauty isn't cheap. Sculptra treatments can range from $1,000 to $1,200 for each session. Thermage will run you about $2,500 per treatment, and laser treatments about $2,200 for a package of four treatments.