Have you heard of Ozempic? It has gained considerable attention recently and you might have come across it in various media outlets, from TV commercials to TikTok. Dubbed the “weight loss shot,” Ozempic has become quite ubiquitous, making its impact hard to ignore.
You may have seen people shedding pounds rapidly while using Ozempic. Whether you noticed because of their drooping facial features or a skeletal appearance in their hands, these are harsh side effects, amongst others, that people can experience while on Ozempic. Haute Beauty expert Dr. Anna Avaliani warns of these adverse effects.
As a matter of fact, Ozempic is primarily intended for the management of type 2 diabetes and not as a dedicated weight loss medication. Its main active ingredient is semaglutide, which belongs to a class of drugs known as glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1 RAs). Ozempic works by mimicking the effects of a hormone called GLP-1, which helps regulate blood sugar levels. By stimulating GLP-1 receptors, Ozempic can improve blood sugar control and, in some cases, lead to weight loss, especially in your hands. Here Dr. Avaliani dives into the details surrounding Ozempic hands and offers guidance on addressing the skeletal appearance caused by the medication.
The Causes of Ozempic Hands
Now, why do hands exhibit these side effects prominently? Well, hands can reveal signs of aging because they are frequently exposed to environmental factors and undergo natural aging processes. With the help of Ozempic, this aging process can be accelerated. Here are a few reasons why hands can reveal your age: sun damage, loss of volume, reduced collagen and elasticity, thinning skin, and lifestyle factors – like Ozempic.
To address these concerns, specifically Ozempic hands, and maintain youthful-looking hands, Dr. Avaliani advises you protect your hands from sun exposure. Wearing sunscreen, seeking shade, and using protective clothing is your best bet. Additionally, moisturizing the hands regularly, using hand creams or lotions containing hydrating and nourishing ingredients, can help keep the skin supple and moisturized.
Treating Ozempic Hands
If you are experiencing specific issues related to Ozempic hands, it is highly advisable to consult with Dr. Avaliani, the non-invasive cosmetic and laser surgery pro. She can provide personalized recommendations and suggest suitable approaches to restore your hands to their optimal appearance. Some of the options she may discuss include:
- Dermal Fillers: Injectable dermal fillers containing substances like hyaluronic acid (Restylane®, Juvederm®) can be used to restore volume to the hands, minimizing the appearance of bony hands and filling in wrinkles and fine lines. The filler is injected into the back of the hands, providing a plumping effect and a more youthful appearance.
- Exosomes Bio Rejuvenation: Exosomes have regenerative properties that can help improve the quality of the skin on the hands. The growth factors and proteins present in exosomes stimulate collagen production, promote tissue regeneration, and improve skin texture, resulting in smoother and more youthful-looking hands.
- Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy: PRP therapy involves extracting the patient’s own blood, processing it to isolate the platelets, and then injecting the platelet-rich plasma into the hands. PRP contains growth factors that stimulate collagen production and promote tissue regeneration, leading to improved skin quality and rejuvenation.
- Fat Injections with Renuva: Renuva is a biostimulator of fat cells, an injectable filler made from processed human adipose (fat) tissue. It is used to restore volume, improve skin texture, and rejuvenate the hands.
- Bio Stimulators like Sculptra® or Radiesse®: Sculptra® is composed of poly-L-lactic acid, which stimulates collagen production in the skin. By promoting collagen production, Sculptra® helps restore volume and improve skin texture over time. Radiesse®, on the other hand, is designed specifically to restore volume to the hands, replenishing lost fat and soft tissue. It acts as a scaffold, promoting the growth of new collagen and improving skin quality and texture.
The side effects of Ozempic, including the appearance of skeletal hands, can be concerning for individuals using this medication. Each treatment option aims to restore volume, improve skin texture, and promote collagen production, resulting in more youthful-looking hands.