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Radiesse® is a dermal filler used to smooth wrinkles or folds by adding volume to the skin, typically on the face. The filler works by stimulating naturally-occurring collagen beneath the skin, with results lasting up to two years.
How Does Radiesse® Work?
Radiesse® is made of calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHA) gel microspheres that are made up of phosphate and calcium ions. The gel immediately adds volume but also works over time to naturally stimulate the production of collagen, helping the skin produce more of its own filler. The oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon in the gel help create a structure that mimics connective tissue.
CaHA is eventually absorbed by the body, leaving collagen in place.
Where is Radiesse® Injected?
Rdiesse is typically injected into the face, such as the nasolabial folds (which are also called laugh lines). In some cases, Radiesse® can be used to fill deep scars and restore volume in the back of the hands.
Who is a Candidate For Radiesse® ?
Radiesse® is a safe treatment for healthy adults. The filler is not recommended for patients who:
- Have a history of allergic reactions
- Are allergic to any of the ingredients in Radiesse®
- Are allergic to lidocaine or similar medications
- Have been diagnosed with bleeding disorders
- Are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to become pregnant
- Have a history of herpes
- Have an active skin infection
How Should Patients Prepare For Radiesse® ?
Before undergoing treatment, patients should talk to their provider and mention any medications they’re taking. Medications like blood thinners, aspirin, and warfarin may cause excessive bleeding or bruising at the treatment area. A provider may advise pausing these medications before Radiesse® treatment to ensure smooth recovery and minimal side effects.
How Radiesse® is Injected
The skincare professional will begin by examining the patient’s face to determine how much filler is necessary to achieve the desired results. Next, he or she will apply antiseptic to the injection sites to minimize the risk of infection. The patient will be monitored for any adverse reaction after the injections are administered.
Depending on how many injections are done, the entire procedure can take 15 minutes. Patients will be free to go home after treatment without any recovery time in the office.
What is The Recovery Process?
Patients may have mild to moderate swelling that should subside within 36 hours. Some patients may also have bruising or discomfort that can be alleviated with over-the-counter medication.
It’s safe for patients to resume normal activities immediately after treatment, but they should avoid strenuous exercise. The skin may also be extra sensitive to direct sunlight and heat for at least 24 hours or until the redness and swelling has subsided.
How Long Do Results Last?
Patients should see immediate improvement in the treatment area, with full results visible within one week.
Radiesse® treatment isn’t permanent, which means patients will need repeat treatments to maintain results. Some patients will only need treatment every two years, while others may need maintenance injections between major treatments.
Potential Risks of Radiesse®
When injected by a trained professional, Radiesse® is safe with few serious side effects. It is possible for patients to experience pain, swelling, itching, redness, and bruising after treatment.