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Fat Transfer to the hands

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Fat Transfer to the hands

Evolutionary science says one of the first things a human notices about another human, upon a close encounter, is the hands. So when we give off first impressions, our hands are front and center during this interaction. That said, so many of us ignore our hands when we start thinking about our outward appearance. Most of us focus on our faces, or our figures. But the hands are crucial, and often the most vulnerable. Our hands are often exposed to harmful sun exposure, and we use our hands so much that they can become susceptible to a dry, weathered look. Fat transfer to the hands can help my patients in Chicago rejuvenate the appearance of their hands.

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Dr. Leon Forrester Tcheupdjian, M.D.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the problem with aging hands?

Aging is most commonly seen at the dorsum (back) of our hands and fingers. It begins as volume loss in the soft/fatty tissue on the backs of the hands. As the hand and fingers thin out, a bony and knobby look emerges. Veins, tendons, bones are all on full display. Crepey, wrinkled skin soon follows, and bruises and age spots become more noticeable.

All the gold, silver, diamonds in the world can’t help the look of our hands if the aging process gets the best of the appearance.

Hand rejuvenation via fat transfer is one of the best ways to rejuvenate the hands. Simply put, we take fat from somewhere else in your body, extract it, then inject it back in your hands. The fat is carefully extracted by liposuction, then it is processed, which helps isolate and purify the fat. Then this fat is carefully injected back into the hands where volume is needed. Perhaps the coolest part is this transferred fat doesn’t just add volume, the stem cells located in the purified fat cells can actually help slow the aging process, and in some cases, reverse the signs of aging, by aiding in the creation of new, healthy skin cells.

Dr. Leon Forrester Tcheupdjian, MD, our medical director, is one of the pioneers of post-liposuction fat transfer, and has been doing the procedure since the early 1980s. His book, “Liposuction, New Hope for a New Figure Through the Art of Body Contouring,” was published in 1988 and details this procedure. Micro-liposculpture, followed by high-speed centrifugation, isolates the micro-fat used for re-injection.

  • Very little chance for side effects, since the substance used is your own fat cells, which means no foreign substances.
  • Long lasting results.
  • Natural looking results.
  • Can easily combined with other procedures, such as laser skin resurfacing.

The easy answer is anywhere you feel you have excess fat. Most times, the fat comes from the abdomen, love handles, thighs, beneath the chin, or the bra pads.

The procedure is completed in one of our private, safe and well-equipped surgical facilities.

Expect the procedure to take about one hour.

Most of the time, oral sedatives like valium, plus local lidocaine injection is all that’s needed, but general anesthesia may be needed if the initial liposuction is done on a larger scale.

There will be little to know discomfort in the final injection site, but depending on the scope of the initial liposuction procedure where the fat is harvested, there may be some discomfort in the several days following the procedure.

Usually surgical procedures are done only once, but if needed, the procedures may be repeated in a few years.

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I had an appointment with Dr. Tcheupdjian for a feminine procedure. I live in Ohio and found out about their offices online. Everything ran smoothly. Once I got there I was immediately taken back. I received my consultation and felt comfortable enough to continue with my procedure...

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Toledo, OH

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