Patients in search of a dermal filler for wrinkles and facial folds may benefit from the Radiesse® procedure. Radiesse is a popular FDA-approved injectable dermal filler for the face and backs of the hands.
Radiesse adds volume to plump the skin and fill wrinkles, and to replenish lost volume to the hands. After injection, Radiesse builds new collagen in the skin. Because Radiesse is a versatile and long-lasting treatment, many patients want to know more about it. Results of the Radiesse procedure last from one to two years.
The Radiesse Treatments
Radiesse® is a sterile and cohesive implant that’s injected beneath the epidermal skin. The active ingredient is calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA), a material with a history of almost three decades of medical use.
The Radiesse procedure is latex-free and doesn’t create the sensation of heat at the injection site. According to researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), patient benefits last for up to two years after the Radiesse procedure.
Because each patient metabolizes dermal fillers differently, it’s difficult to precisely predict the length of time between Radiesse procedures. For instance, your results may last a year and not two years. However, most doctors agree that dermal fillers like Radiesse are one of the most effective and least expensive options for patients in search of an improved appearance.
Benefits of Radiesse®
Radiesse® is an approved aesthetic facial augmentation compound in the U.S. The Radiesse procedure can achieve longer lasting corrections to moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles. It’s also used by patients suffering from immunodeficiency viral infections to restore lost facial volume.
Radiesse can be used in various areas of the face to balance or bring out the patient’s facial features. Treatment areas include the following:
- Tear troughs: Radiesse® is sometimes used to restore tear troughs and, when combined with the cheek area, many clients love the results. Because the amount of natural fat in this area is so small, you might need more frequent Radiesse® touch-ups to maintain the youthful look.
- Smile lines: Radiesse® is used to soften smile lines (and frown lines) by injecting volume into the face.
- Nasolabial folds: Many patients ask for Radiesse® for deeper nasolabial folds, the lines that form from the nose to mouth. Because Radiesse® tends to last longer than alternative skin care, it’s the client’s procedure of choice.
- Hands: For a mini hand lift, Radiesse® helps bulging, bony, and discolored hands look younger and smoother. Many patients ask for more frequent touch-ups when Radiesse® is used to treat the hands.
- Lips: Fuller lips are thought of as youthful and attractive. The Radiesse lip augmentation restores lip volume.
- Marionette Lines: Radiesse® is used to treat jowls and so-called marionette lines, especially when used in the upper cheek area to lift the jaw line.
- Glabellar lines: Lines and furrows between the brows are a sign of aging. Radiesse can be used to soft the glabellar lines and is sometimes with a neurotoxin like Botox.
- Subdermal support of the eyebrows: Radiesse® is routinely used to fill the lateral brow area. After this quick “brow lift,” many patients say they look much younger and less tired.
- Malar and buccal fat pads: Radiesse® can be used, with or without other fillers, to restore “baby fat” that lifts the cheeks.
Discuss your treatment goals with Dr. Roland. The above list is a short list of some of the ways in which medical doctors and aesthetic surgeons use Radiesse.
Good Candidates For Radiesse Treatment
Most candidates are between the ages of 35 and 60. You may be older or younger and still be a candidate for the Radiesse procedure. There are no pre-surgical tests or requirements if the doctor confirms you’re a candidate for Radiesse.
Many patients see up to 80 percent visible improvement in their skin after one Radiesse treatment. After the treatment, Radiesse works with your body’s natural chemistry to build new collagen. That’s impossible with expensive creams and serums.
Radiesse® results are temporary, so treatments must be repeated to maintain benefits. Radiesse may be used alone or with other treatments and surgical procedures.
It’s important to discuss your expectations for this procedure with the doctor. Radiesse treatments smooth wrinkles, lines, and facial folds but it can’t tighten the skin or redefine facial contours. As of this writing, only surgical techniques can achieve these goals.
Unlike facial surgery, patients need little to no downtime after the Radiesse procedure.
Radiesse® Frequently Asked Questions
What Happens during the Radiesse Procedure?
This treatment is performed in Dr. Roland’s office. Local anesthesia is used. The procedure requires three steps:
- Step One: The doctor selects injection points on the patient’s face and/or hands to be treated. Antiseptic is applied.
- Step Two: The doctor calculates the necessary amount of Radiesse for the patient’s procedure.
- Step Three: The doctor then injects the Radiesse filler under the dermis and subcutaneous layers of the skin. These layers are beneath the epidermal, or outer, skin layer.
Patients see full results of the Radiesse® treatment after a week. Although benefits from Radiesse® are long-lasting, some patients ask for touch-ups to best maintain results.
What are the After-Care Requirements?
After the Radiesse treatment, some patients report slight discomfort at the injection site. Some patients require more Radiesse than others. The Radiesse procedure usually takes about 15 minutes. Many patients experience no downtime and return to home or work just minutes after the Radiesse procedure.
If you have special questions about products to use after the Radiesse procedure, ask Dr. Roland.
What Risks are Associated with the Radiesse Procedure?
Radiesse® is a calcium hydroxylapatite microsphere compound that’s suspended in carboxymethylcellulose gel. Microspheres are about 25 to 45 microns in size. Both calcium and phosphate ions naturally occur in the human body. The calcium hydroxylapatite found in Radiesse is usually well-tolerated for that reason.
The gel in which the Radiesse® microspheres are suspended is a common organic compound (carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen), glycerin, and sterile water. There’s an almost zero percent chance of allergic response to Radiesse® because the body recognizes Radiesse’s components.
Most patients report no pain or adverse reactions to the Radiesse® procedure. Some report mild swelling. If present, swelling will usually subside within 24 to 36 hours post-injection. Any discomfort is usually managed with mild pain medications.
Protect your skin from sun exposure after the Radiesse® procedure. If you feel well after the Radiesse® treatment, it’s fine to resume normal daily activities.
Listen to your body after any medical procedure. Rarely, some patients experience nodules which should be reported to the doctor. These require topical steroid treatment or, in extremely rare situations, surgical intervention.
If you experience unmanageable or progressive pain after the procedure, immediately report these symptoms to the doctor.
Will I Need Additional Treatments after the Radiesse Procedure?
Depending on your specific condition, the doctor may recommend alternative options for treatment. Other minimally invasive dermal filler procedures and fat fillers may be recommended by the doctor.
When severe signs of aging are present, Dr. Roland may recommend surgical procedures, such as a facelift. He may also recommend other treatments to be used as part of a total skin treatment plan, such as laser skin resurfacing, chemical peel, microdermabrasion treatments, and more.
Does Radiesse Require Expensive Upkeep?
Each patient is unique. One or several parts of the face and/or hands may require treatment. The Radiesse® dosage for each treatment area may vary. Estimating the full cost of treatment is difficult until the doctor performs an examination of your skin.
You may need one Radiesse® syringe or several to achieve desired results. Future touch-up appointments can reduce the cost of your next full procedure.
Ask Dr. Roland’s office about potential financing offers if these are of interest to you.
What Can I Expect after the Radiesse Procedure?
Radiesse® is widely recognized for the ability to restore lost facial volume. Radiesse quickly returns volume that’s frequently lost in the aging process, and eliminates many other unwanted signs of skin aging, including smile lines, chin wrinkles and marionette lines.
Radiesse® treatments promote naturally radiant, healthy skin. Many patients say that a single Radiesse® treatment is all that’s needed to turn back the clock. Others need touch-ups between Radiesse® procedures.
Most patients say their fine lines and facial folds are much less noticeable. Others benefit from complementary treatments to achieve desired results.
Ask Dr. Roland about any other procedures for which you might be a candidate.
Contact Dr. Roland to Learn More
Dr. Donald Roland sees patients at his Upper East Side Manhattan office at 58 East 79th Street in New York City. The office treats patients who live in Manhattan and throughout greater New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Call Dr. Roland’s office at 212-744-9400 to schedule a consultation.
Radiesse® is an in-demand treatment option for men and women now in search of younger-looking, plumper skin. This injectable filler almost immediately softens facial lines, creases, and furrows or adds volume to the face and hands.
If you’re in search of healthier, more beautiful skin, you might be a candidate for this procedure. Click here to schedule a consultation with Dr. Roland now.