What are RADIESSE® and RADIESSE®?
RADIESSE® and RADIESSE® are dermal fillers that are used for smoothing 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® is also used for correcting volume loss in the back of the hands.
Is Radiesse® Right for You?
Radiesse® candidates are typically between 35 and 60. Radiesse® usually provides up to 80 percent improvement immediately after treatment. Since Radiesse® is temporary, treatments must be repeated over the years to maintain the benefit. Alternative treatments or surgical procedures may be more appropriate in years to come, as your condition changes. Discuss expectations with your doctor before treatment.
The Radiesse® Procedure
The Radiesse® procedure is performed in the doctor’s office and is most often performed under local anesthesia. Patients may experience minimal discomfort from the needle injection. Depending upon the extent of treatment, the procedure can take up to 15 minutes. Patients can return home within minutes after the procedure.
The procedure involves injecting a compound of calcium hydroxyl apatite microspheres that are suspended in a carboxymethylcellulose gel. Calcium and phosphate ions, naturally occurring in our bodies, primarily make up the calcium hydroxyl apatite particles. The gel contains an organic compound of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, as well as glycerin and sterile water. Thin connective tissue forms around the microspheres so that the microspheres act as a filler that remains permanently implanted at the site location.
Step One: The doctor may select one or more injection points for each location to be treated. Antiseptic is also applied.
Step Two: The doctor will identify the correct amount of Radiesse® for the procedure.
Step Three: The Radiesse® filler is then injected beneath the skin, under the dermis and subcutis layer.
Results are fully evident within one week. Radiesse® can last two years or more, but touchups may be necessary throughout this time period.