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Hollywood hands come to East Lancashire
Forget ageing necks ladies, wrinkly hands are the new giveaway, but help is on hand as Diane Cooke discovers
AN ageing neck used to give away a woman’s age.
But since the advent of dermal fillers and Botox, hands are now the key to her vintage.
No woman wants ‘Madonna Mitts’ – the name given to the wrinkly hands of the 55-year-old celebrity rarely seen without finger-less gloves.
As we age, fat disappears from the hands and skin gets thinner. Furthermore, they are constantly exposed to the elements making them prone to telltale sunspots.
And the Material Girl is not the only female celebrity hiding her hands.
Courtney Cox, 49, is said to have had rejuventation treatment, whilst recent pictures of Sarah Jessica Parker, 48, and Victoria Beckham, 39, reveal it won’t be too long before they’re also knocking on the aesthetic clinician’s door.
In fact, cosmetic surgery clinics have reported an 18 per cent increase in enquiries in the past month from people wanting anti-ageing procedures on their hands.
It’s not a treatment age-conscious ladies tend to publicise, but the practice of banishing Madonna Mitts is thriving in and around East Lancashire, according to Lisa Moore, from Pleasington, Clinical Director of fh Medispa which has seven satellite clinics including Pleasington, Blackburn, Darwen and Chorley.
Lisa, a former NHS clinician who has worked for the Department of Health’s policy team in Westminster, says there is an assumption that the treatment is for more mature ladies.
Her eldest client is in her late sixties, but her youngest, at just 35, is her sister Sally-Lee Entwistle.
Says Sally-Lee: “Being in the beauty business, I’m concerned about how I look and my hands were looking a lot older than my face. People had even noticed and commented on them.
“They are definitely more wrinkly than most women of my age. In my work I’m constantly washing them with medical wash which doesn’t help either.
“I’m really embarrassed by them. When I told my boyfriend I was going to have the treatment he was really sceptical, but even he noticed a huge difference it was. I’m thrilled with the results and it didn’t hurt at all.”
Lisa injected Juvederm filler, normally used to fill out wrinkles and plump-up lips, into Sally-Lee’s hands. Juvederm is basically hyaluronic acid, a product found naturally in the body which has the ability to hold 1000 times its weight in water. It attracts fluid to the injected area, filling out lines. The initial result was a series of nettle sting-like lumps which soon disappeared.
The results were noticeable after just one treatment, but Sally-Lee will probably need a top-up once a year. The treatment cost £299, but Lisa says individual clients are different and the cost is dependant on how much filler is used. “We have to assess every client’s individual needs. It’s not a miracle cure for all problems, but it really can make a difference.”
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