Hand Rejuvenation

What is Hand Rejuvenation procedure?

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Hands are often the last telltale sign of ageing, as there can be age-spots, and prominent veins and tendons. Much like elsewhere in the body, as hands age the skin and fat thins, producing and aged appearance. Fortunately, there are treatments for this, including fat grafting to hide prominent structures and chemical peels to help refresh the skin.

What exactly is “fat grafting”?

Fat grafting is when fat is taken from one part of the body is transferred to another region. The fat which is grafted needs to get a new blood supply in the new location and is relatively fragile in the 4 week period after surgery. On average, about 60% of the transferred fat is expected to survive, with the rest being absorbed. Sometimes, a second round of fat grafting is required. In the case of hand rejuvenation, the fat is taken from an area of excess (eg. abdomen or inner tights), and then placed below the skin of the hands. This adds fullness to the dorsum of the hands, and helps reduce the appearance of prominent structures.

Candidates for hand rejuvenation surgery are:

  • Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
  • Non-smokers

Results and aftercare:

After your surgery your hands will be lightly dressed, but it’s important to move them so they don’t get stiff. Bruising on the hands is normal and there will be notable swelling for the first 2-3 weeks. It will take about 6-12 months to get your final result from fat grafting. Sometimes patients desire a second round of treatment to add extra fat, as there are limits to how much can be grafted at one time.


There are risks associated with your surgery. Risks of surgery will be discussed prior to your consent. It is important to address all your questions directly with Dr. McInnes.