What is Radiesse?
Radiesse is a synthetic injectable filler that is effective at reducing the appearance of wrinkles, creases, and scars by augmenting the skin’s natural collagen supply from within. It is made up of microspheres that are suspended in a biocompatible gel that makes it convenient for administration and produces fewer side effects and allergic reactions compared to other injectables available in the market. It can be used to treat several areas of the body, including the nasolabial folds, perioral lines, lips, depressed scars, hands, and oral commissures.
Radiesse is made up of calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres that are suspended in a water-based gel. As soon as the injection is placed, it is able to create immediate volume under the skin that essentially props up the creases and folds that have formed on the skin over time. As the gel matrix of the injection is assimilated by the body, the hydroxylapatite microspheres are left behind and continue to stimulate the production of the body’s own natural collagen to sustain the initial results obtained with Radiesse. This makes it unique from other injectable fillers which only provide volume that dissolves over time.
Who is a Candidate for Radiesse Treatment?
Most patients looking to non-surgically treat wrinkles and areas of low volume can greatly benefit from Radiesse. However, during your consultation with Dr. Kayastha, you’ll discuss your medical history and any reactions you may have to the components of this injectable. You should not receive it if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, since it’s unknown what effects this can have. Radiesse can be combined with other non-surgical skin treatments in order to augment your results.
What Happens During Radiesse Treatment?
Your injector will administer local anesthesia prior to the Radiesse injections to minimize your discomfort during the procedure (Radiesse also contains lidocaine for greater comfort during the injection process, which is a common anesthetic). Then, the necessary amounts of Radiesse will be injected into the affected areas. This treatment can take around a half hour, depending on how many areas you choose to have treated.
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
After the procedure, patients will normally experience some swelling and bruising at the site of injection, but these should disappear within a few days. You’ll most likely notice results immediately after your treatment session, and the younger-looking effects obtained with this injection can last for several months or years and can be repeated as needed.
To see what options are available to you with Radiesse, contact our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Kayastha who can create your unique treatment plan.