Over time, your skin loses its full, firm, youthful appearance. This is the result of a natural aging process when your skin becomes thinner and loses its natural elasticity. As a result, it becomes loose and starts to wrinkle. Fat tissue, which also helps to fill out your face, is lost, causing the skin to sag and further wrinkle. This reduction in skin volume can make your face look thin and narrow, possibly making you appear older than you are. Fortunately, RADIESSE® may smooth lines and wrinkles and help your skin regain a firm and youthful appearance by restoring volume you may have naturally lost. With RADIESSE®, you can restore facial contour as well as correct smile lines, nasolabial folds and wrinkles around the nose and mouth. RADIESSE® is a safe, FDA-approved dermal filler that is made of unique calcium-based microspheres suspended in a natural gel that is injected into the skin through a simple, safe and minimally invasive procedure.
How Does RADIESSE® Work?
RADIESSE® works with your body, below the skin’s surface. Tiny calcium-based microspheres form a “scaffold” to support and stimulate the growth of your own collagen. Over time, the calcium-based microspheres gradually break down and are safely and naturally absorbed by your body. RADIESSE® does more than just temporarily fill-in facial folds and wrinkles – it can restore facial volume for the youthful look you want.
How Long do Radiesse Results Last?
Some results of your Radiesse treatment occur immediately as the calcium hydroxyapatite microspheres are positioned appropriately beneath your skin. For both hand rejuvenation and facial rejuvenation, Radiesse achieves satisfying results that can last from 12 to 18 months. You may find that you begin to notice the recurrence of the signs of aging we've treated about 15 months after your initial treatment. You can return for a touch-up before that even happens. By that time, the effects that remain are not from the microspheres but from the new collagen that has entered the treatment area. Since results may vary, be sure to discuss your expectations with your doctor.
Is Radiesse Safe?
Yes. Hundreds of thousands of patients have experienced RADIESSE® and more than 4,000 physicians and providers worldwide have been trained to administer RADIESSE® treatments. Through years of clinical studies and independent research, RADIESSE® has proven to be safe and effective. With RADIESSE®, you get FDA-approved, safe, clinically tested reliability.
Radiesse has been carefully studied over several years and has been found hypoallergenic and non-toxic. The risks associated with this treatment are similar to other injectables. They include temporary redness, bruising, swelling, and soreness or tenderness. Because the skin is punctured during injectable treatments, there is also a slight risk of infection. This is similar to the risk associated with having your blood drawn. Though Radiesse is considered extremely safe, it is important to have your injections performed by an experienced provider. Doing so diminishes the risk of complications.
How Is A RADIESSE® Treatment Performed?
RADIESSE® is injected into the skin through a simple, safe, convenient procedure. A topical anesthetic and ice may be used if needed to numb the skin. RADIESSE® is also mixed with an anesthetic prior to injection, making the treatment comfortable. RADIESSE® treatments have little to no downtime, with most patients returning to normal activities soon after treatment.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Many patients will achieve their desired result after just one visit. Because RADIESSE® is a long term cosmetic enhancement, and to ensure your satisfaction, our office schedules a follow-up visit two weeks after your initial treatment. At this follow-up visit, we will evaluate results. Touch-up treatments may be recommended.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Normal, injection-related reactions, such as mild irritation, swelling, itching, bruising, or tenderness at the injection site may occur. These conditions typically resolve on their own.
Is RADIESSE® Permanent?
No. Treatment results are long-lasting, but not permanent. The calcium-based microspheres gradually break down and are safely and naturally absorbed by your body.
How Much Does It Cost?
RADIESSE® treatments are customized for each patient so the price varies. In general, the cost of RADIESSE® is comparable to similar procedures. During your consultation, we will discuss your treatment plan and give you a price before beginning treatment.