Radiesse is an FDA-approved injectable filler comprised of calcium hydroxylapatite suspended in gel. Radiesse is injected beneath the skin where it effectively restores volume that has diminished with age, reducing the appearance of winkles, depressions and other skin imperfections. Radiesse has a firmer consistency than many other injectable fillers, making it a good choice for filling deep lines like the marionette lines and for contouring areas like the cheekbones or jawline. It is commonly used to treat the nasolabial folds, marionette lines, depressed scars, and sunken cheeks. It is also sometimes used for nasal contouring. Radiesse offers long-lasting correction of aging signs by producing an initial plumping of the skin followed by extended correction as new tissue regenerates.
Candidates for Radiesse treatment are men and women who have realistic expectations for improvement and are in good physical health. Though results are longer lasting than many other fillers, they are still temporary and require repeat injections in order to maintain results.
Radiesse injections are performed in the office setting and take just fifteen minutes or so to complete. There is typically minimal discomfort associated with the injection; however, an ice pack, nerve block or topical anesthetic may be used to reduce discomfort. The substance is injected into the subdermal plane of the skin using a very fine needle. Several small injections are made and the treatment area is gently massaged afterward to help ensure smooth results.
There is minimal downtime or recovery following treatment with Radiesse. Some minor bruising, redness, swelling or itching may occur at the injection site but these side effects are generally short lived and resolve quickly. Patients are able to resume their normal activities immediately after treatment, though they are advised to stay out of the sun for a period of time. Full results are seen within one week of injection and typically last one to two years.