Radiesse is a volumizing dermal filler that is composed of calcium hydroxyapatite particles that are suspended in gel. Radiesse can be used to fill deep wrinkles and lines around a person’s nose and mouth. It also can add contour to areas of the face that have lost their shape, including the cheeks and jawline.
How Does It Work?
When it is injected, gel fills up the targeted area and shows an immediate increase in volume. As the gel is absorbed by your body, it leaves behind traces of CaHA, which promotes the growth of new collagen in your body.
As your body’s collagen levels rise, your skin begins to smooth out, and wrinkles become less noticeable.
The treatment generally takes 15 to 40 minutes, depending on your unique goals and treatment plan.
Do The Treatments Hurt?
Treatment injections are administered using a very small, fine needle. Because of this, the treatment is usually painless. Treatment providers can use a topical anesthetic to prevent any discomfort.
Radiesse treatments can result in temporary redness, tenderness, swelling, and bruising at the injection site. It will generally take 3 to 7 days for side effects to go away.
For some patients, small bumps can appear under the skin at the site of injection. Contact your treatment providers if these bumps do not dissipate within one week.
Who is an Ideal Candidate?
Radiesse works better as a facial volumizer than a wrinkle-filler. Unlike other dermal fillers, Radiesse is an irreversible treatment. If a patient does not like the results, they must wait for their body to metabolize the CaHA, which may take a year or longer.
An ideal candidate for Radiesse is:
- A healthy adult between the ages of 30-60
- An individual who wants to add significant volume to their face shape
- An individual who wants to smooth deep lines and folds
Talk to your treatment provider to see whether this might be right for you.
How Long Does Radiesse Last?
Patients can expect to see immediate results that last for approximately one year. To maintain results, patients should schedule follow-up treatment every 12-18 months.