Radiesse® is an FDA-approved synthetic injectable filler that can reduce moderate to severe wrinkles and folds and creases around the nose and mouth by augmenting the skin’s natural collagen supply. Radiesse is one of the injectable fillers that are sometimes called liquid facelifts, because they can achieve results comparable to facelifts. At The Peer Group, we have been providing women and men throughout northern New Jersey with Radiesse treatments, and our plastic surgeons and clients are very pleased with the results. It is a safe, effective and long-lasting alternative to injectable collagen and other dermal fillers for not only smoothing wrinkles, but also adding volume and contour to the face for an overall younger, fuller, smoother appearance. With just one or two Radiesse® treatments, you can enjoy a beautiful, natural look that lasts.
What is Radiesse® made of?
Radiesse® is composed of microspheres in a water-based gel. The microspheres – made of a substance called calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) – stimulate the production of collagen which smoothes lines and wrinkles as well as add younger-looking suppleness to the face. Calcium hydroxylate is a mineral similar to those that make up our bones, and will not cause allergic reactions, and it is absorbed naturally by the body over time. Therefore, there is no need for your plastic surgeon to conduct pre-treatment allergy testing, as is needed for animal- and human-derived collagen fillers.
What areas does Radiesse® treat?
Radiesse® injections can be used for aesthetic cosmetic surgery on many areas of the face and body. Numerous studies have shown Radiesse® to be especially effective for filling and correcting smile lines, nasolabial folds (lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth), marionette lines (from the corners of the mouth to the chin), and other lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth. Radiesse can also be used to treat depressed scars and oral commissures, and has been approved by the FDA to restore and correct the signs of lipoatrophy (loss of fat beneath the skin) in patients with HIV.
What can I expect during treatment?
At your Radiesse® treatment, your doctor will clean the treatment area and administer a series of quick injections with a fine needle. Treatments typically take 15 minutes and require only local anesthetic. There is little to no downtime; many patients return to their normal activities after their appointment. Patients typically need only one or two treatments to achieve the full effect of Radiesse®. Your doctor may recommend a follow-up appointment to determine whether you would benefit from additional treatments. Side effects of Radiesse, such as mild irritation, itching, swelling, discoloration or tenderness at the injection site, are minimal and should fade within a few days.
When will I see the results of my Radiesse® treatment and how long do results last?
Results of these non-invasive plastic surgery procedures are visible immediately after the injection and can last for up to a year or more. Touch-up treatments can prolong Radiesse’s effects. Studies have shown that patients require fewer re-treatments with Radiesse® than with other leading dermal fillers.