Radiesse is an injectable dermal filler that is injected below the skin into the dermis by dermatologists to treat folds, wrinkles, asymmetry, hollowness, thin cheeks (fat atrophy) and nasal bumps. Radiesse is FDA approved and is primarily composed of a material that is found in human bone tissue called Calcium Hydroxylapatite.
What areas are commonly treated with Radiesse?
One of the most popular uses of Radiesse is facial volume restoration, which involves injecting the product in people who have had fat volume loss resulting in hollow cheeks. It is also commonly used to fill nasolabial folds and marionette lines.
Radiesse can also be used for nose reshaping. An injection along the sides of a bump on the bridge of the nose can fill the area creating a visible difference immediately. This is often referred to as a non-surgical rhinoplasty (nose-job). This correction can last up to two years. To learn more about the non-surgical nose job, click here.
In addition, Radiesse can also be used to treat fat atrophy in the hands, which give hands an aged appearance with prominent veins. To learn more about Radiesse injection into the hands click here.
Can you tell me about the actual procedure?
Before the filler is injected, local anesthesia is added to the syringe to minimize any discomfort. During the injection procedure, dermatologist, Dr. Schweiger, injects small amounts of Radiesse using a small needle into precise locations to give optimal results. The procedure takes about 15 minutes and patients can leave the office immediately following the procedure. Results are visible instantly, and final results occur within one week.
How long does Radiesse last?
While it differs from person to person, and can vary depending on location, Radiesse usually lasts for about 1 year.
Does Radiesse hurt?
There is minimal pain during the procedure, as anesthesia is mixed with the product right before injection.
What are the potential side effects of Radiesse treatment?
After injection mild swelling occurs and usually subsides in 24 to 36 hours. It is also not uncommon to have some mild bruising after the procedure, which can last a few days. Patients should avoid Aspirin and alcohol 72 hours prior to the procedure to reduce the likelihood of bruising.
Rare complications can include nodules (bumps under the skin), which usually resolved with firm message and dissipate with time.
Who performs the Raidesse Injections?
Radiesse injections are performed by one of our board certified dermatologists or physician assistants
What is the cost of Radiesse?
The cost depends on the area treated and the amount of product required to provide the best results.