Radiesse® is made of tiny calcium-based microspheres suspended in a natural water-based gel. It works with the body to stimulate the production of collagen and encourage tissue regeneration. Radiesse® provides both immediate and extended results. Initially, the water-based gel helps fill the wrinkle, line or fold. As this gel begins to dissipate, the calcium-based microspheres form a something akin to a "scaffold", stimulating collagen production and encouraging tissue growth in and around the treatment area.
Radiesse® is biocompatible and naturally absorbed by the body over time. Radiesse® treatment also provides an ancillary benefit in that the treated area is usually smoother after a period of several months due to the collagen regeneration.
Internationally, Radiesse® has been used in cosmetic medical procedures for several years to treat several hundred thousand individuals and is used by over 4,000 medical practitioners worldwide for cosmetic facial procedures. Radiesse® has been FDA-approved in the U.S. for decades for therapeutic uses in the body, such as vocal cord dysfunction and craniofacial augmentation. Radiesse® was approved by the FDA in November, 2006 for cosmetic medical use, including restoration and/or correction of the signs of facial fat loss (lipoatrophy).
Radiesse® is used by medical practitioners to correct wrinkles and folds around the nose and mouth, including nasolabial folds. It is also used for marionette and smile lines. In addition to treatment of wrinkles, Radiesse® is used widely by medical practitioners to help contour and shape facial features. For example, Radiesse® can be an effective treatment option for sunken areas below the eyes (tear trough), and to augment cheeks, as well as filling in indented the areas on the sides of the chin that accentuate jowls. Radiesse® can shape cheeks, chin and jaw lines similar to what facial implants will do, but has the added benefit of being completely customizable.
Radiesse® is commonly used in areas of the face in which wrinkles are more pronounced and the skin is thicker. Radiesse® generally lasts up to a year, or more. During the first year, some healthcare professionals may advise patients to return for touch up treatments to optimize the collagen-regeneration attributes of Radiesse®.
There are few reported side effects and those reported are commonly associated with injection of filler materials. These may include swelling, bruising, pain, itching and tenderness at the injection site. These conditions typically resolve on their own within a few days. Consult your medical practitioner for complete details and potential side effects.
A medical practitioner who is more experienced with Radiesse® will be far more likely to achieve better, more pleasing and enduring results, which means you are getting more for your money. We have determined a number of medical practitioners nationally who have extensive experience or training with dermal filler medical procedures. To see a list of experienced healthcare professionals in your area, or to receive a special discount on your procedure, click here.
Mark Berkowitz M.D. , Sterling Heights, MI
William E. Alison Jr. M.D., Huntsville, AL
Gerald Pierone Jr. M.D., Vero Beach, FL
Henri B. Gaboriau M.D., Sammamish, WA
Andre Berger M.D., Beverly Hills, CA
Kenrick Spence MD FACS, Orlando, FL
Robert Gray MD, Pleasanton, CA
Susan Baskin MD, Portland, ME