Radiesse® is a safe, FDA-approved next generation cosmetic dermal filler that can be used to fill and correct smile lines, nasolabial folds, wrinkles around the nose and mouth and even restore volume in the hands. This dermal filler will add facial volume to help restore a natural youthful look.
Radiesse® is made of unique calcium-based microspheres suspended in a natural gel that is injected into the skin, with immediate visible results. The tiny microspheres of this filler form a scaffold to support and stimulate the growth of your own collagen.
Benefits of Radiesse:
- Fill smile lines
- Increase cheek volume
- Reduce skin laxity
- Rejuvenate hands
What is Radiesse® used for?
Radiesse® is a dermal filler used to fill moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds—the creases that extend from the corner of your nose to the corner of your mouth. Radiesse® can also be used to increase cheek volume.
Can Radiesse® work for me?
Talk to your injector about your medical history when deciding on treatment options. You should not use Radiesse® if you are allergic to any ingredient of Radiesse®. There are alternative facial filler treatment options if you desire only short-term results.
How does Radiesse® work?
Once injected, Radiesse® immediately adds fullness to your face giving you a visible result at the first treatment session. Radiesse® contains microspheres made of a natural material called Calcium Hydroxylapatite in a water based gel carrier which stimulates your own collagen formation.
How long do treatment effects of Radiesse last?
Although treatment effects will differ for each person, the facial filler Radiesse® can last up to one year.
Do injections of Radiesse® hurt?
As with any injection, injections with Radiesse® may hurt. A topical or local anesthetic can be applied to reduce this sensation.
Are skin tests needed before treatment with Radiesse®?
No skin testing is required prior to Radiesse injection.
Should I tell my healthcare provider what medications I am taking?
Yes. You should tell your injector about all the medicines you are taking, even over the counter medicines or treatments. If you are taking blood thinners or medications that may interfere with clotting of the blood, such as aspirin, you might be more likely to have bruising or bleeding at the injection site. There have been no studies of possible interactions between Radiesse® and drugs or other substances or implants.
What can I expect to happen during a Radiesse facial filler procedure?
- Your injector will answer all of your questions and prepare you for the treatment.
- The area where the injections will be given will be cleaned with an antiseptic.
- An anesthetic may be used.
- Radiesse® will be injected in small amounts into the skin using a very fine needle.
- An ice pack may be applied to the treatment area before or after treatment to help reduce swelling.
What are the possible side effects of treatment with Radiesse®?
The most common side effects of Radiesse® are redness, bruising, or swelling. These side effects generally last for a short time and are mild in nature. As with all procedures that involve an injection through the skin, there is a risk of infection. Immediately report to us any side effects you may experience after Radiesse injection.
What can I expect after this facial filler treatment?
Immediately following a treatment session with Radiesse®, redness, bruising or swelling may occur in the treatment area. These signs usually go away in a short period and are generally mild in nature. An ice pack may be applied to the treatment area to help reduce swelling. Your injector will give you specific post-treatment care instructions.
For approximately 24 hours after treatment:
- Avoid significant movement or massage of the treated area.
- Do not apply makeup.
- Avoid extensive sun or heat exposure
You may be able to feel the area where Radiesse® was injected for some period after injection. Over time, the injected area will feel more and more like your own tissue.
How quickly can I get back to my daily activities after Radiesse?
Most patients feel comfortable going back to their normal activities immediately after treatment with Radiesse®.
How many Radiesse treatments are required?
Your injector will decide with you the number of treatment sessions and the amount of Radiesse® you will need at each treatment session. Generally, significant changes may be achieved in a first treatment. A touch-up may be required to achieve optimal results.
Without touch-up injections, how will my skin look?
Your skin will begin to gradually look like it did before facial filler treatment as you near the end of the one year time period Radiesse® usually lasts. Periodic touch up injections will help you maintain the look you have after treatment.
What other things do I need to know about Radiesse?
The Microspheres in Radiesse® can be seen in X-rays and CT Scans. It is very important that you inform your doctor and other health care professionals that you have Radiesse® injected in your face. Even though Radiesse® can be seen in X-rays and CT Scans, there is not a high risk that it would cause your doctor concern, as long as he/she knows that you have had Radiesse® injected in your face.
Is it safe to drive after having Radiesse injections?
At the laser clinic we treat clients with Radiesse from Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Torrance, Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills and Los Angeles and there is no problem for them to drive after the procedure.
How much does Radiesse cost?
Radiesse price is dependent on the area being treated, the amount of correction the client requests and the number of syringes needed to achieve that goal. For example treatment of nasolabial folds would probably be a single syringe and total radiesse cost of $499 – $650 depending if a special is running. The nurse injecting the Radiesse will discuss exact cost specific to your concerns before anything is started.