- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Some plastic surgeons have seen a significant uptick in women seeking to make their hands appear more youthful for photos that show off their engagement rings.

Connecticut plastic surgeon Dr. John Borkowski told a Hartford news station that more and more recently engaged women are turning to hand surgery because of social media and the popularity of selfies, often causing them to be more critical of their own appearances.

“It’s all social-media driven,” he told the station.

Dr. David Bank, the director of the Center for Dermatology in Mount Kisco, N.Y., said the same in a New York Times interview last month.


“Absolutely, the rise in social media is a reason people are getting a ton of stuff done, not just to their hands,” he said.

Doctors can use filler materials to camouflage the visible tendons and veins in the hands, Mr. Borkowski said, adding that Restalyne or Juvaderm injections can make hands appear more youthful.

The entire procedure only takes about half an hour and last for a few months, but a more permanent option could be the use of fat grafting.

Dr. Matthew Schulman, a Manhattan plastic surgeon, told the Times that he sees about eight patients a month specifically for hand treatments.

“Everyone wants to see pictures of engagement rings, whether it’s looking at their wish pic or sending photos to their friends to announce an engagement,” he said. “They are becoming more aware of what their hands look like, much more than getting a manicure.”