What Is Radiesse?
Radiesse is a synthetic filler made of calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres suspended in a gel carrier. After injecting Radiesse, it provides immediate volume and stimulates the body to produce its own collagen.
As time passes, the body absorbs the gel and metabolizes the microspheres. As a result, only natural collagen remains and the body maintains some fullness.
At the Boston and Newton, MA plastic surgery offices of Rick Silverman, M.D., we offer Radiesse dermal fillers to help you achieve a more youthful-looking appearance!
What Is Radiesse Used For?
Radiesse can be injected into various areas of the face and body. The most common treatment areas include:
- Chin wrinkles
- Depressions in skin from scarring
- Downturned corners of the mouth
- Jowl pre-sagging
- Marionette lines
- Nasolabial folds
How Radiesse is different from other fillers
Radiesse Before & After Photos:
What can Radiesse do for my hands?
The Ideal Candidates for Radiesse treatment
Candidates for Radiesse include individuals who have lost volume in the face due to aging, weight loss, or other conditions, such as HIV Lipoatrophy. These patients may benefit from the immediate volume correction that Radiesse provides.
"I've been seeing Dr. Silverman for almost 20 years for various things (my longest doctor relationship!), but have been seeing him for fillers for the last several years. He is amazing with both his work and bedside manner, and is extremely honest - more than once, he has talked me out of doing things that he didn't think I needed to do and didn't think I would appreciate the outcome. And, he's always right - he always makes me look and feel like a million bucks. I can't say enough good things about him, and just hope he never retires so I can continue with him for the rest of my life!"
Are Radiesse injections painful?
Radiesse Procedure near Boston, MA
First, Dr. Rick Silverman will give the patient local anesthetic or numbing cream. These methods both allow the treatment area to become numb, lessening the patient’s pain. Then, Dr. Silverman will inject Radiesse through a sterile needle. During the procedure, patients can view the changes and address any concerns.
Once Radiesse is injected, some massage of the treated areas may be done to help with shaping and smoothing. After the treatment, we can apply cold packs to help minimize swelling, bruising and discomfort. The whole treatment process typically takes about 15 minutes.
How Many Radiesse Treatments Are Needed Produce The Best Results?
A single treatment can provide significant correction. Because of the dissipation of the gel carrier, patients often benefit from a second “booster” treatment two to three months later, and the results at that point typically last for about a year.
Can Radiese Be Performed With Other Treatments?
Radiesse can be used with other dermal fillers including Restylane and Sculptra offered at our Boston & Newton, MA office. These fillers may be better for more superficial use, finer lines, and more delicate areas, such as lower eyelids. Sculptra can provide more stimulation to collagen synthesis, which would give a longer-lasting result by using both products.
Recovery from Radiesse injectables
After the procedure, it’s not uncommon to have some swelling and bruising, which can compel one to stay at home for a day or two.
Therefore, patients should plan ahead to avoid commitments in the event there is significant bruising or swelling.
What Results Can I Expect From Radiesse Treatment?
Patients should be able to see results immediately after treatment. Depending on the situation, results can last up to a year and even longer in some situations. However, the results are temporary so touch-ups or repeated treatments can help maintain and even prolong the effects of Radiesse.
How long will it take to see my results from Radiesse?
Potential side effects
Since the calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres in the Radiesse formula occur naturally in the body allergy testing prior to treatment is not necessary. The side effects of Radiesse, which will appear at the injection site, are typically not serious and disappear on their own. Side effects can include:
- Mild irritation
Is there anything I shouldn’t do after my Radiesse session?
Can I exercise after having Radiesse injected?
How often will I need Radiesse injections?
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Radiesse is the only dermal filler that is composed of calcium-based microspheres that have been shown to stimulate the production of collagen. This is different than most natural fillers that only provide wrinkle support with the initial gel, but don’t encourage new collagen production. Radiesse provides instant filling with the gel and microspheres, and then adds another level of volume with new collagen production. Radiesse also is one of only two dermal fillers approved for use on the back of the hands.
The backs of your hands can really show your age as collagen declines and your skin thins. This allows tendons and blood vessels to become more and more prominent.
Radiesse and Restylane Lyft are the only dermal fillers approved by the FDA to restore volume to the backs of the hands. It fills out the shrunken look that comes with aging hands, leaving a smooth, natural-looking result. Radiesse also minimizes the visibility of veins and tendons, another byproduct of volume loss. By providing instant volume, plus encouraging the production of new collagen (as described above), Radiesse makes your hands look remarkably younger with results that last up to a year.
Radiesse is a little thicker than many dermal fillers, so its injection can hurt to different degrees, depending on the patient. But the FDA has approved mixing Lidocaine with Radiesse to alleviate most of this discomfort. Also, we apply topical numbing cream prior to your injections to help numb the areas being treated.
Radiesse is unique in that it has two levels of results. It provides instant volume where injected thanks to the aqueous gel that is used to suspend the calcium microspheres. But the main results come when the microspheres stimulate the body to produce new supplies of collagen in the injection areas. This collagen boost isn’t instant but starts in 7-10 days after injection and continues for many months.
Our patients from across the Boston area love Radiesse because the results it delivers are created by the patient’s body rather than simply filling in the space where injected.
The only thing to avoid is rubbing the injection locations. This can make the Radiesse migrate to areas where you don’t want it. Give it 24 hours to settle into place.
As mentioned above, you need to avoid intense heat for a day after your Radiesse injections. That doesn’t mean you cannot exercise but try and keep your body heat at a relatively normal level. It’s a good idea to tone down any exercise for one day.
As with any dermal filler, Radiesse has a lifespan. The main method by which Radiesse increases collagen production is as the body breaks down the calcium microspheres (made of the same material as dissolvable sutures). This process continues for up to one year, sometimes longer, and your skin will continue to be firmer, thicker, and the targeted creases and lines will be erased or dramatically decreased in appearance.
But as the body eventually breaks down and dissolves the calcium microspheres, the collagen production will decline back to its natural level. At that point, your lines will come back.
You can maintain your results with Radiesse by scheduling another session with Dr. Silverman at that point.