As we age, the skin's natural collagen production decreases, causing fine lines and wrinkles to form. Radiesse is an FDA-approved filler that delivers volume to the face and hands. It also smooths moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds. It differs from fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm in that it is not hyaluronic acid-based. Radiesse has a higher degree of viscosity and elasticity than hyaluronic acid fillers; it is composed of calcium-based microspheres and an aqueous carrier gel. When it is injected, it instantly provides volume and smoothing to the skin. Radiesse continues to work over time by stimulating the body's collagen production.
Collagen is essential for youthful-looking skin. As we age, collagen production decreases and the results are wrinkles and dull-looking skin. While Radiesse instantly smoothes lines and wrinkles like other fillers, it also stimulates your own natural collagen production. This new collagen gives skin back the tone and firmness lost due to age. The results are very natural-looking and can last for a year or more in some patients.
Radiesse is frequently used in the following treatment areas:
- Cheeks and nasolabial folds
- Corners of the mouth
- Back of hands
For optimal results, injections are given to the dermis and hypodermis to reach the cellular level where collagen is produced. These placement depths, while not painful, prevent Radiesse from migrating to other areas of the face after injection. If you would like to learn more about Radiesse, please contact us for a consultation.
What is involved in Radiesse treatment?
Radiesse® is injected under the skin with a small needle to smooth and fill lines, wrinkles, and folds. There is an anesthetic ingredient to Radiesses, but an additional anesthetic topical cream may be provided for utmost comfort.
How many treatments are required?
It depends on your goals. The product stimulates fibroblasts to enhance your body’s own production of collagen. For optimal results in certain areas, multiple treatments may be necessary. Occasional follow-up treatments may be required to achieve maintain desired results.
Are there any side effects?
Possible side effects include swelling, redness, and sometimes slight bruising. These typically disappear within a couple of days. Radiesse is a non-allergenic, natural filler. Adverse reactions are rare.
How long will the treatment take?
The treatment session takes about thirty minutes to perform. No downtime is usually necessary. You may resume your normal routine immediately.
What can be expected post-treatment?
Slight temporary redness or swelling is possible. This dissipates after48 to 72 hours.
How soon can I see results from Radiesse?
Your results will be visible immediately. As any swelling diminishes, your results will be more visible.
How long will Radiesse last?
Radiesse may last up to one year for some people. Factors such as age, skin type, and lifestyle can affect the lifespan of the effects. Radiesse deteriorates into calcium and phosphate ions over time and these are metabolized by the body’s natural processes.
Is additional treatment necessary?
As the product diminishes in your system and collagen production ceases to be stimulated, follow-up injections of Radiesse can be performed to maintain the desired results.