30 September 2021| by Silvija

Hand Rejuvenation Treatments: Dermal Fillers vs Fat Transfer Injections

The wrinkles on our hands are something we cannot really mask and change with makeup or hide and cover up with clothes. Along with the face, hands are the most exposed parts of our body, and sun exposure is one of the main reasons for premature aging. The other big reason why our hands get wrinkles is the movement of our hands and fingers, which is also the most moving body part. 

Due to the specifics of our hands and their role in our everyday life, the wrinkles start appearing way earlier in our lifetime and as time goes by, they only get more and more intensified. Of course, there is nothing wrong with wrinkled hands and we all know aging is a natural process, however, we are lucky to have a choice of choosing between different and affordable hand rejuvenation treatments. 

What is Hand Rejuvenation?

Hand rejuvenation is a term used for various cosmetic treatments, which all have a common goal of smoothing hand wrinkles and giving them a younger appearance. Hand rejuvenation treatments include both short and long-term solutions for achieving the look of the hands you have once had. 

Apart from regular use of moisturizers and creams for your hands, another thing you can do to have stunning soft hands is undergoing one of the following hand rejuvenation methods: dermal fillers and fat injections. But which one is better?

Hand Rejuvenation with Dermal Fillers

Hand rejuvenation with dermal fillers is a popular procedure suitable for adults of different ages. Although there are many different brands of fillers, they all seem to do a fantastic job of reducing the appearance of wrinkles, folds, extra skin, and veiny hands. Dermal fillers stimulate the natural production of collagen, which fills in the space between extra layers of skin.


The non-surgical hand rejuvenation procedure lasts for about 30 minutes. There is no need for any anesthetics, considering that the injections are almost completely painless. However, your doctor might apply an anesthetic cream or give you some local anesthesia just so it numbs your hands and you do not feel any pain. Before injecting the fillers, the area gets thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. The doctor uses a long thin needle or a cannula in order to precisely inject the fillers in the right places. 


The cost depends on the number of fillers needed for your hands and their condition. My Esthetic offers an amazing hand rejuvenation treatment with Ellanse fillers for only $358, even though the prices might go up to over a thousand dollars in different clinics! Click here to schedule an appointment now! 

Results & Downtime

The results are the first thing a person researches when thinking about scheduling an appointment for some cosmetic treatment. You will be able to see the full results about a week after your treatment and have soft and youthful hands. The results of hand rejuvenation with dermal fillers are certainly successful. The best thing is that you get to choose the size of the filler according to the duration of the results you want. 

Minimal downtime is an important quality of treatment, especially when you treat body parts like hands, which you use all the time and cannot do anything without them. Luckily, the non-surgical hand rejuvenation does not require a stay in the hospital, but it only takes a day of resting for fillers to set in. You will be able to do any activity the day after, even play sports. 

Side Effects

Side effects, if there are any, are usually short and not painful. You might experience some pain in the injected areas, redness, swelling, or bruises. Put some ice on to numb the area and reduce bruising, give it a few days, and the side effects will be gone. 

Hand Rejuvenation with Fat Injections

Hand rejuvenation with fat transfer and injections is a surgical procedure that helps improve the condition of your hands by injecting your own body fat into them. The fat is previously taken from the donor area, purified, and put into a syringe, and then it gets injected underneath the skin of your hands. 


The fat transfer procedure is considered surgical and does last quite some time more than the dermal fillers procedure. It requires some form of anesthesia, which is chosen depending on the body parts you chose for the treatment. A small amount of body fat is taken from some other part of your body by liposuction, usually thighs. The rest of the procedure is non-surgical and transferred fat gets injected into your hands with a thin needle. It is necessary to overfill the hands and make them look too big in the beginning because after a short period of time the body absorbs the fat and shrinks in size. 


The price of fat transfer depends on the treatment and body part, as well as clinics and the results you want. Hand rejuvenation is usually charged about $2500 or even more. Considering that the results are long-term, maybe even completely permanent, this money does pay off and you do not pay that amount multiple times a year.

Results & Downtime

The results of fat transfer are a long-term solution for wrinkled hands. You need to be very careful when deciding whether or not you should do this treatment and you definitely need to consult with your doctor before undergoing this procedure. The results of fat transfer usually last up to several years.

Downtime is a tricky part of this treatment. It is the longest and hardest, compared to the previous one which has a pretty short recovery time. Fat transfer is treated as a light surgery and it might require total anesthesia and a hospital stay for at least a couple of days. The rest of the recovery is done at home by resting and avoiding using your hands as much as possible, meaning that you will need to take some time off work. You will need to go on follow-up appointments, maybe take some medication prescribed by your doctor, and fully recover after 4-6 weeks. 

Side Effects

The first side effect, although the least dangerous one for your health, might be the outcome of your results. It cannot be predicted how your body is going to react to the transfer and whether it will be the exact size, symmetry, or shape. The next side effects include a higher risk for people with any circulation issues and compulsory doctor consultancy before scheduling the surgery. Although the fat transfer to the face is far more dangerous, injections for hand rejuvenation can also cause some side effects such as folds and wrinkles in your donor area, pulmonary complications, tissue loss, swelling, and bruising of your hands, etc.

Which one is better?

Here is a summary of the characteristics of these two methods of hand rejuvenation and it is up to you to choose which one is better for your needs. 

Dermal Fillers vs Fat Transfer Injections

Dermal FillersFat Injections
short-term solution (up to 2 years)long-term solution (up to several years)
affordableone time payment for a long time
less risks and side effectsno allergy reactions
ambulatory caredays in hospital
no time off worktwo weeks off work
no scarringscarring on donor area

Hand Rejuvenation with Ellanse Fillers

My Esthetic has recently introduced a new hand rejuvenation treatment with Ellanse dermal fillers! Ellanse fillers consist of a biodegradable synthetic material known as PCL, which stimulates the natural production of collagen and helps keep skin fresh, soft, and smooth.

Check out our treatment page for Hand Rejuvenation with Ellanse and schedule your appointment!

Silvija Bihler
Practice Manager

With over 10 years’ experience in beauty and aesthetic, Silvija supports her family-owned business in daily operations. Customer’s experience, natural results, healthy and quality treatments were always her top priority. By supporting My Esthetic blog section, she shares all her experience, with every beauty enthusiastic and with ones who would like to be a part of the beauty world.

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