Hand recontouring with calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse)

J Cosmet Dermatol. 2009 Mar;8(1):44-51. doi: 10.1111/j.1473-2165.2009.00423.x.


The aging hand is a common area of concern for many patients. Until recently, adequate treatment options have been hampered by pain of injecting into the dorsum and, post-injection, by the absence of longevity of treatment. In this article, we describe the off-label use of the soft tissue filler calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA; Radiesse) for hand rejuvenation. The product is inherently biocompatible and, when placed in soft tissue, induces neocollagenesis. An alternative injection mixture of CaHA combined with lidocaine is described, as well as the novel "bolus" injection technique. The CaHA-lidocaine emulsion reduces the pain of injection to nearly none at all, improves the rheology of the procedure, and allows for deposition of the product into the correct plane of tissue. The volume of CaHA injected as well as the amount of lidocaine used for the mixture vary according to physician preference. In our practice, 1.3 mL of CaHA combined with 0.5 mL lidocaine per hand usually appears to be sufficient to improve the appearance of the atrophic dorsum of the hand. Side-effects of CaHA (Radiesse), particularly in this off-label application, are minimal and of short duration. The aesthetic result is immediate and generally persists for longer than 6 months. As a treatment option, hand rejuvenation with CaHA (Radiesse) is a very gratifying procedure both to the patient and to the physician.

MeSH terms

  • Biocompatible Materials
  • Cosmetic Techniques
  • Durapatite / pharmacology*
  • Esthetics
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hand*
  • Humans
  • Injections, Subcutaneous
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Rejuvenation
  • Risk Assessment
  • Sampling Studies
  • Skin Aging / drug effects*
  • Skin Aging / physiology
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Biocompatible Materials
  • Durapatite