My Hands Make Me Look 15 Years Older!

“The Fountain of Youth” – Dr Chris Porter’s inside view of cosmetic surgery where he aims to help you to make the best possible informed choice and achieve your cosmetic surgery goals.

The top of our hands are subjected to the same aging and sun damage as the skin on our faces. As we get older our hands may develop thin skin, wrinkles, patchy brown spots and lose the cushioning fat that softens the skin. Loss of this fatty layer makes the veins and tendons more obvious giving a skeletonised appearance.

Thankfully there are some relatively simple procedures that can make your hands appear more youthful.

Patchy pigmentation, fine wrinkles and thin skin can be treated by peels, either chemical or laser or IPL. Maintenance of this improvement requires regular use of sunscreen and vitamin A cream.

To conceal obvious veins and tendons the best procedure is structural fat grafting, this will re-fill the thin fatty layer and provide a softer appearance to the skin. It has been proven also that fat grafting can improve the skins color and texture. Structural fat grafting is performed by moving fat from another part of the body, such as the tummy or buttocks, and then transplanting them to the back of the hands. The fat is inserted by a series of small injections. Fat is a better option than synthetic fillers as fat will survive permanently whereas synthetic fillers will last  maximum of 12 months.

If you have any specific requests regarding cosmetic surgery topics that you would like discussed on this blog, please feel free to email me: chris@breast-body.co.nz

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Angelina Jolie’s Prophylactic Mastectomies

“The Fountain of Youth” – Dr Chris Porter’s inside view of cosmetic surgery where he aims to help you to make the best possible informed choice and achieve your cosmetic surgery goals.

Jolie penned in New York Times about her prophylactic double mastectomy: “My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman,” she wrote. “Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much as I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy.” Jolie has been praised in the media for having the courage to go through this procedure, and in addition being willing to share her story in order to encourage similar women with the BRCA gene to understand and manage their increased risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.

Jolie understands cancer, her mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand, had breast cancer and died of ovarian cancer six years ago at the age of 56. Her grandmother died of ovarian cancer at age 45 and her Aunt just passed away from ovarian cancer at age 61.

Jolie reports that the procedure involved preservation of her nipples, removal of the breast gland and reconstruction of her breasts with implants. Like Jolie, everyday women who decide to undergo prophylactic mastectomies are likely to also be concerned about how they will look once the procedure is completed. A consultation with a plastic surgeon who specializes in breast reconstruction will provide information about options for reconstruction, whether the technique involves implants or the woman’s own tissue. Contemporary implants used in breast reconstruction are textured and anatomical (tear drop) shaped filled with cohesive silicone gel. By using this style of implant breast shape is optimised and longevity is maximized by the addition of Alloderm.

If you have any specific requests regarding cosmetic surgery topics that you would like discussed on this blog, please feel free to email me: chris@breast-body.co.nz