What is Radiesse?
Radiesse is an injectable filler comprised of calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres which are suspended in a natural gel. Radiesse is unique in that it stimulates the production of collagen. As such, it produces an initial plumping immediately after injection, followed by continued correction as new collagen forms. Radiesse adds volume and smoothes the skin to restore a more youthful facial appearance.
Radiesse is often used on deeper wrinkles and folds like the nasolabial fold and marionette lines. It is also used for facial shaping and contouring in areas like the cheek, chin and jaw line. This is an ideal filler for individuals seeking longer lasting correction.
Radiesse – The Procedure
Radiesse injections are performed in the office setting on an outpatient basis. Treatments takes just thirty to forty minutes to complete. Because Radiesse is more viscous, a larger needle is typically required and this may result in slightly more discomfort for the patient. As such, Dr. Rubinstein typically uses a numbing cream combined with numbing injections to optimize the patient’s comfort.
After Treatment: What to Expect
Patients may experience some minor swelling, bruising and tenderness after treatments. Swelling and bruising may last for up to two to three days. Makeup can be worn to help camouflage any discoloration. Most patients are able to immediately return to work and other normal activities immediately after treatment with Radiesse.
Patients will see immediate results, followed by continued improvement as the new collagen growth occurs. Results typically last twelve months or longer.
Radiesse is a very safe injectable filler. Bruising is the most common side effects. Other less common side effects may include redness, swelling, pain, itching, discoloration and tenderness. Radiesse is generally not recommended for lip augmentation because lumpiness may occur.