What is Radiesse®?
As we age, the skin and body undergo structural changes. Dermal fillers such as Radiesse can help reverse some of the visible signs of aging. By adding volume to thinned areas and plumping out facial lines, signs of aging can be erased. There are a variety of products with differing indications depending on location and desired goal. Radiesse is synthetic, injectable filler that has been U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved for reducing moderate to severe wrinkles, folds and creases around the nose and mouth by augmenting the skin’s natural collagen supply. It is a safe, effective and long-lasting alternative to injectable collagen and other dermal fillers for smoothing wrinkles and adding facial volume and contour.
Radiesse is composed of microspheres in a water-based gel; the microspheres are made of a substance called calcium hydroxylapatite, which stimulates the production of collagen. When injected into lines and wrinkles, the additional collagen that is produced evens out the lines and wrinkles and adds skin volume.
What areas can be treated using Radiesse?
Radiesse volumizing filler can be used on various areas of the face and body. In addition to correcting scars that leave depressions, it is effective in improving the look of the following:
- Nasolabial folds (run from corners of nose to corners of mouth)
- Marionette lines (run downward from corners of mouth)
- Downturned corners of the mouth
- Jowl pre-sagging
- Chin wrinkles
What to expect during treatment
Before we give any patient Radiesse filler, we clean the treatment area. We then inject Radiesse with a fine needle, typically in about 15 minutes. There is little to no downtime; many patients return to their normal activities right away. Radiesse volumizing filler is also FDA-approved for mixing with the anesthetic lidocaine, which makes the injections less painful. Typically, only one or two treatments are needed to achieve the full benefits of Radiesse volumizing filler.
Results are visible immediately after injection and sometimes last up to a year. Because results are temporary, treatments must be repeated to sustain them. Touch-up treatments may prolong the effects of Radiesse filler.