Radiesse is a dermal filler that can create smoother, more youthful-looking skin. It is made of calcium-based microspheres suspended in a water-based gel and injected underneath the wrinkles, delivering an immediate lift, and results that improve as the days and weeks pass.
How does Radiesse work?
Radiesse is a filler plus biostimulant combined in one to give immediate and long-lasting results. It is truly a one-of-a-kind product on the market right now. It is made from tiny spheres of Calcium Hydroxyapatite (CaHA), identical to the naturally occurring minerals portion of bones and teeth. When injected into soft tissue the tiny spheres remain malleable and provide volume and increased collagen production through neogenesis. It was initially approved in 2006 by the FDA and is biocompatible, meaning it does not require any skin testing for allergic reactions prior to treatment.
Who is a good candidate for Radiesse and what can it treat?
Radiesse is a very malleable filler that can be used in many different types of patients. If you are starting to see signs of aging and want to reverse them using a non-invasive treatment, Radiesse may be a good choice for you. It is used for the correction of moderate to severe facial folds such as the nasolabial folds plus restoration of fat loss (lipoatrophy). It can be used in less dilute versions to create a definition to jawline and structured cheeks. In more hyper-diluted states, it can be softened to treat submalar (under cheekbones) hollowing, cellulite, and volume loss in arms, legs, buttock, hands, and multiple other areas. It is best to have a consultation with a provider trained extensively in Radiesse for the best treatment results.
How long do results from Radiesse last?
On average, immediate results can last anywhere between 9-15 months, however, the biostimulant effects can last much longer because the injected spheres serve to stimulate your body’s own production of natural collagen. It is one of the longest-lasting fillers on the market.
Is there any downtime after treatment with Radiesse?
There is no downtime other than the potential for bruising and swelling as with any injectable filler. These side effects usually resolve within a few days. Several injections may be needed depending on the size of the area being treated. A topical anesthetic is applied before injection to minimize any discomfort.
What should I avoid before my treatment?
Avoiding alcohol, aspirin, Advil, Aleve, Fish oil, and other supplements that can thin blood for 5-7 days before the appointment date can help with decreasing your chances of bruising. Optimal results are usually within 7-10 days as the filler has had time to integrate more with tissue and feel natural.