What is Radiesse? Radiesse® is a unique biocompatible dermal filler made with a substance called calcium hydroxylapatite, a water-based gel containing small calcium microspheres. Used to fill virtually any wrinkle, the FDA-approved Radiesse® is indicated for treatment of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Plastic surgeons frequently recommend Radiesse for treatment of:
- Nasolabial folds
- Marionette lines
- Sunken cheeks
- Facial augmentation/contouring
- Oral commissure (the corners of the mouth where volume is often lost over time)
Working with your body, Radiesse® actually stimulates the production of new collagen, resulting in a volumizing effect for your skin that smooths away the appearance of facial wrinkles and folds.
What to Expect During Radiesse Treatment
Once the injection site is chosen, the plastic surgeon will inject Radiesse® at a specific depth in the skin using a fine needle. The surgeon may also massage the injection site to achieve a smooth result. The effects of the injection are immediate as Radiesse® acts as scaffolding for collagen, which the body will metabolize away over time. Radiesse® is also FDA-approved for lidocaine mixing to enhance patient comfort.
Radiesse® is not recommended for patients with a history or presence of multiple severe allergies or a hypersensitivity to any of its components.
On average, the patient will see the results of the Radiesse® injection for a year, though some patients reported the injection lasting as long as 18 months. At that point, the patient will often return for another treatment.
Few side effects are associated with Radiesse® but may include mild irritation, swelling, discoloration or tenderness at the injection site, which should dissipate within two days.