Radiesse ( previously known as Radiance ) is one of the longest-lasting injectable implants. Because of it’s components and duration, Radiesse is more aptly referred to as an implant rather than a filler. It is used for soft tissue augmentation in the correction of deep facial folds and creases and restoration of volume loss in hollow facial areas.
The tiny microspheres provide a scaffolding into which the body’s own tissue can grow and maintain the implant in place. Radiesse has proven to be a very versatile facial contouring product and has demonstrated durable augmentation in areas such as chin and cheek where a larger volume is required. It maintains a soft, natural feel and takes on the characteristics of the surrounding skin tissue.
Radiesse consists of calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres suspended in gel (carboxymethylcellulose). Because calcium hydroxylapatite is a normal constituent of bone, it should not elicit a chronic inflammatory or immune response. Additionally, Radiesse does not require allergy testing. Radiesse is a safe, effective and non-surgical treatment, which provides immediate smoothing out of wrinkles and most scars. The microspheres of CaHA have been shown to last up to seven years clinically. Radiesse should provide a long lasting correction, however individual results may vary, affected by age, skin type, lifestyle and muscle activity.
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What areas respond best to Radiesse treatments?
- Glabella ( Wrinkles between eyebrows )
- Nasolabial Folds ( Laugh lines )
- Marionette Lines
- Vermillion Border of the Lip
- Radial Lip Lines (Often referred to as smoker’s lines-even for those who do not smoke)
- Chin & Cheek Augmentation
- Chin & Cheek Augmentation
- Depressed scars
- Restore bulk to aging tissues
What is Radiance treatments like?
A simple out-patient procedure, it is performed under local anesthesia in the physician’s office and takes about 15 minutes. Injection pain is minimized or eliminated by use of a topical cream (ELA-Max) or pain blocks may be performed immediately before the procedure. Following the procedure, patients may immediately return back to daily activities, however, treatment sights may be swollen for 1-2 days. There is also potential for bruising at the injection sight, which may be covered with makeup.
How long will the results last?
Depending on the areas treated, most of the correction may last for many months, or even years. Newman’s patients usually see results that last between 1 to 2 years. Touch up treatments may be necessary to maintain desired correction.
Can other filler products be used along with Radiesse?
Restylane, Juvederm, Beloteroa, Perlane, Platelet Rich Plasma or other dermal fillers may be used as layers to fill the more superficial lines and wrinkles. There is no restriction to using additional fillers.