As our skin thins and loses elasticity, and as our body’s production of collagen decreases, it allows wrinkles and lines to form, especially around the area from the nose down to the mouth and around the mouth and chin. At Austin Cosmetic Surgery, one tool we use to combat these lines is a synthetic filler called Radiesse.
Radiesse isn’t as well known as more famous dermal fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm, but we like it as a long-lasting option for our patients with smile and marionette lines, and other problems resulting from volume loss.
How does Radiesse work?
Juvederm and Restylane are classified as “natural fillers.” This is because they are derived from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body. Radiesse is different. It is comprised of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres suspended in an aqueous gel carrier. Because of this it is classified as a “synthetic filler.”
Radiesse fights the signs of aging in two ways. First, the aqueous gel instantly fills and plumps the area when injected beneath a crease or wrinkle. But that’s only the first part of its function, and that isn’t the long-lasting function. That comes when the hydroxylapatite microspheres stimulate the body to produce new collagen in the injection area. This occurs in the weeks following your injection and the results last for a year or more. So, while most fillers lose their function once the body absorbs them, Radiesse, because it initiates the building of new collagen, continues to show its effects even after the microspheres and gel are absorbed.
What does it work on?
Radiesse is a volumizing filler, meaning it is effective for replacing volume and for deeper wrinkles such as those around the mouth. Here are the areas that we use Radiesse at Austin Cosmetic Surgery.
- Smile lines— Smile lines run from the nose down to the corners of the mouth. Aptly named, they form due to all of the smiles you make over the years. They don’t form initially, but as your skin thins and loses elasticity, some people develop deep creases in this area.
- Marionette lines — These lines get their name from the similarity to the vertical lines that allow a marionette’s mouth to move. They run straight downward from the corners of the mouth.
- Corners of the mouth— Also known as oral commissures, the corners of your mouth can turn downward as you age and lose volume below the mouth.
- Pre-jowl area— The areas on each side of the chin, the pre-jowl sulcus, can hollow out due to sagging in other areas of the lower face.
- Chin wrinkles— Chin wrinkles form horizontally across the chin and can be distracting to a person talking to you.