Radiesse® is a synthetic injectable filler that has been FDA-approved to reduce moderate to severe wrinkles, folds and creases around the nose and mouth by augmenting the skin's natural collagen supply. It is a safe, effective and long-lasting alternative to injectable collagen and other dermal fillers for not only smoothing wrinkles but also adding volume and contour to the face for an overall younger, fuller, smoother appearance. With just one or two Radiesse® treatments, you can enjoy a beautiful, natural look that lasts.
Radiesse® is composed of microspheres in a water-based gel. The microspheres - made of a substance called calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) - stimulate the production of collagen to smooth wrinkle lines as well as add younger-looking suppleness to the face. Radiesse® is made from minerals similar to what makes up our bones. There is no need for pre-treatment allergy testing (skin testing), and the body absorbs it naturally over time.
Radiesse® can be used on many areas of the face and body. Numerous studies have shown Radiesse® to be especially effective for filling and correcting smile lines (crow's feet), nasolabial folds (lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth), marionette lines (from the corners of the mouth towards the chin), and other lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth. It can also be used to treat depressed scars and oral commissures (corner of the mouth).
At your Radiesse® treatment, Nurse Strasburg will clean the treatment area and administer a series of quick, smooth injections with a fine needle. Treatments typically take 30-90 minutes, depending upon the areas to be treated, and are performed with either a local anesthetic or regional anesthetic (nerve block). There is little to no downtime; many patients return to their normal activities after their appointment.
Patients typically need only one or two treatments to achieve the full effect of Radiesse®. Nurse Strasburg may recommend a follow-up appointment to determine whether you would benefit from additional treatments.
Side Effects of Radiesse®
Side effects such as mild irritation, itching, swelling, discoloration or tenderness at the injection site are minimal and should fade within a few days.
Results of Radiesse®
Results are visible immediately after the injection and can last for up to a year or more. Additional treatments can prolong Radiesse's effects. Studies have shown that patients require fewer re-treatments with Radiesse® than with other leading dermal fillers.
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