What is Radiesse?
Radiesse is a synthetic filler made of calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres suspended in a gel carrier. After injecting Radiess, 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.
Candidates for Radiesse
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.
Radiesse Treatment Areas
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
The Radiesse Injection Process
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.
Before & After Radiesse
How Many Radiesse Treatments 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.
What Procedures Compliment Radiesse?
Radiesse can be used with other dermal fillers including Restylane and Sculptra. 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.
Side Effects of Radiesse
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
Radiesse Injection Recovery
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.
Results from Radiesse
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.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in Radiesse and would like to see if you are a good candidate, contact us now at (617) 965-9500 to schedule a consultation. Our practice serves Boston, Newton, MA and surrounding areas.