Radiesse® is an injectable dermal filler made mainly from calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres that very closely resemble the natural cells in your face. It is used to correct unwanted wrinkles and folds in the lower face. Radiesse stimulates natural collagen production to improve volume and reduce wrinkles for a year or more. Each year, Americans elect for nearly 300,000 Radiesse treatments.
The Radiesse Procedure
Radiesse injections are fast and typically require no recovery time. They can be completed within about 15 minutes. They don’t require any pre-injection allergy testing because their calcium-based microsphere technology very closely resembles the natural structures of the face. Radiesse injections provide instant results that you can see before you walk out of the clinic.
Patients can opt for injections with or without lidocaine, a local anesthetic contained in the injection that is used to boost comfort and eliminate pain. During studies, 90 percent of patients reported a more comfortable experience when lidocaine was used. Like all injectables, Radiesse must be expertly placed by a cosmetic physician in order to achieve optimal results.
The Uses of Radiesse
Radiesse has been FDA-approved for injections around the nose, mouth and chin. While this product is most commonly used for wrinkle and fold reduction, it can also be used to fill hollows caused by aging, injury, scarring, weight loss and disease-related lipoatrophy. The most common types of wrinkles and folds Radiesse injections treat include:
- Smile lines
- Marionette lines
- Mouth corners
- Pre-jowl folds
- Chin wrinkles
- Sagging cheeks
Patients interested in Radiesse should always visit an aesthetic physician to discuss options. Avoid this procedure if you are pregnant, nursing, under 18, allergic to any ingredients in Radiesse, afflicted with a bleeding disorder or prone to anaphylaxis.