What is Radiesse?
Radiesse is an injectable filler that plumps up wrinkles and folded areas of your skin (usually on your face). This injectable filler stimulates the collagen that occurs naturally underneath your skin. It works right away and results can last for up to 2 years. This is why it is a highly preferred option for dermal fillers.
Although the treatment is usually given in the skin around your nose and mouth, some people use this treatment to fill in the wrinkled and folded areas in their hands. Radiesse injections are administered under your skin with a small needle. Radiesse’s ingredients are non-toxic, non-allergenic, and compatible with the natural tissues in our bodies.
Ideal candidates for having Radiesse treatment are adults between 35 and 60 years of age who have wrinkles and folded areas in the skin surrounding their mouth and nose. Those people who want to plump up the skin on their hands can also be an ideal candidate for this treatment. Sometimes, Radiesse treatment is suggested for people who have lost fat in their facial area because of HIV infection.
How does Radiesse work?
Radiesse is composed of calcium hydroxyapatite or CaHA gel microspheres that work right away after the injection. CaHA is composed of ions of phosphate and calcium, which naturally occur inside our bodies.
The injectable gel initially does all the job of filling in the volume that you desire. As time pass by, the CaHA will stimulate the collagen that naturally occurs under your skin, allowing it to produce more of its own filler. The hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon found in the injectable gel help create a structure that copies connective tissues.
The calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHA) will eventually be absorbed back into your body, while the collagen stays in its place. The results coming from Radiesse can last for 1 to 2 years.
RADIESSE works via a 2-step process:
1.The injectable gel gives immediate results (lifting and sculpting) after being injected. The gel lasts for only 12 weeks before it gets absorbed by the human body.
2.The CaHA will then begin stimulating the production of collagen in your skin. After the injection, the CaHA microspheres will form a “scaffold”, providing a mechanical stimulus that triggers fibroblasts to produce collagen.
Procedure for Radiesse
Your doctor will be injecting Radiesse while using local anesthesia. With each injection, you might feel a small amount of pain or discomfort. Lidocaine is approved by the FDA to be combined with this treatment to relieve any pain or discomfort that you may experience during the treatment.
Your doctor will now determine the area that needs to be treated with injection. They will then apply antiseptic to the area that will be injected. After doing that, your doctor will determine the dosage that you’ll be needing. Lastly, you’ll be receiving the injection.
Radiesse treatment can take about 15 minutes, depending on the number of injections that you will need. You won’t need to spend any recovery time at your doctor’s office. You can go home right away after receiving the Radiesse injections.
A 2 in 1 Injectable Filler With Unique Volumizer and Skin Rejuvenator
As an injectable filler, The treatment has rheological properties with high elasticity and viscosity. This means that Injectable lifts very well, and doesn’t migrate or change in shape after getting injected. This treatment does not only fills up areas that are deficient but also improves the quality of your skin because of its ability to stimulate the production of collagen in our bodies. Radiesse injection acts as an anti-aging treatment for skin rejuvenation as well.
Targeted areas for Radiesse
People who had Radiesse treatment prefer to treat some areas of their facial skin, specifically the wrinkles and folded areas in the skin surrounding the nose and mouth. This treatment is used to treat laugh lines and restore your young-looking skin. Some use Radiesse treatment to fill scars that are too deep.
Radiesse can also be used to fill in the volume that is lost in the back of your hands. This treatment is also suggested to people with HIV who experienced fat loss in some parts of their face.
Are there any risks or side effects after having Radiesse treatment?
Some people who had Radiesse injected in their face reported some side effects after having the injection, including:
People who had Radiesse injections in their hands have also reported some side effects, including:
- difficulty with normal movement
- sensation loss
- lumps and nodules
In case you have a history of allergic reactions or you have an allergy to any of the Injectable’s ingredients, you should not consider having this treatment. You should also avoid having this treatment if you have an allergy to lidocaine or some similar medications.
People with bleeding disorders, pregnant, or breastfeeding should avoid having Radiesse treatment. Also, people with a history of herpes may have an outbreak after having the treatment.
You should also avoid Radiesse treatment if you suffer from a skin infection. Also, having injections may put you at risk of accidentally receiving Radiesse in your blood vessel instead of the connective tissue. In case this happens, some possible complications, include:
- scabbing (temporary)
- scarring (permanent)
- paleness or a white tinge to the affected skin
- abnormal vision
- severe pain
In some cases, nodules could form under your skin which may need surgical treatment. Any signs or symptoms that continue to get worse needs the immediate attention of your doctor..l
If you had an X-ray or CT imaging after your Radiesse treatment, make sure to inform your doctor about it. Radiesse microspheres can be seen in these types of scans, so your doctor must be aware that you had a Radiesse injection.
What Results Can I Expect?
Radiesse treatment provides immediate results such as lifting and restoring lost volume in the targeted areas, including your cheeks and temples. It also treats deep folds in some areas of your face like the nasolabial lines.
The results continue over the next 3 months, and your skin becomes smoother and firmer as the CaHA stimulates the production of collagen in your skin. Tightening also occurs, to pull your skin upwards and enhance facial contours. This procedure is known as the Radiesse 3D Vector Lift.
One property of Radiesse that is unique is that it can be hyper-diluted. Radiesse is used primarily to rejuvenate your skin. When the treatment is done this way, the rejuvenating effects on your skin are more visible.
One unique property of RADIESSE is that it can be hyper-diluted and used primarily as a skin rejuvenator –when the procedure is performed this way, the skin rejuvenating effects are even more pronounced and visible.