Radiesse is a volumizing cosmetic dermal filler that replenishes lost volume in the face and body due to the degradation of collagen. The treatment is biocompatible, non-toxic and non-allergenic. Radiesse is composed of small calcium-based microspheres suspended in a gel and water-based mixture. Radiesse is a popular alternative to facial plastic surgery and is used to treat the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin folds around the nose and mouth. Radiesse can even fill and reduce the appearance of certain types of scars.
Radiesse stimulates the body’s own collagen production and can lead to lasting results.
Results are visible immediately after the injection and patients will be able to clearly see the signs of aging fade. Swelling or bruising is generally minimal and usually subsides within a span of 24-36 hours. Patients my experience photosensitivity and are advised to avoid direct sunlight for several days.
Radiesse is injected beneath the upper layers of skin simply, safely and quickly – in an hour or less. Radiesse treatments can often be completed in as little as 15-30 minutes in your doctor’s office. There is little to no downtime associated with the procedure and patients may resume their normal activities immediately after their office visit. Radiesse treatments involve a series of small injections but are generally well tolerated. Patients who are sensitive or worry about a low threshold for pain can ask for a Radiesse and anesthetic lidocaine mixture – a combination that has been FDA approved – to reduce sensation and relieve any discomfort.
Radiesse comes in a variety of quantities to treat the specific areas of concern; this means that little is wasted, making Radiesse a very cost effective treatment. Patients have reported the effects of Radiesse to last a year or more. The procedure can provide an 80% improvement after only one visit. Patients often return after a year or so for small touch ups, but many do not need full treatments again due to the long lasting effects.