Radiesse is a gel composition of calcium hydroxylapatitie cystals that is used to inject deeper lines and areas of volume loss. It is widely considered to be the most robust filler for deeper lines and volume loss areas. Whereas most of the other fillers are based on hyaluronic acid, Radiesse is based on calcium hydroxylapatite, a natural bone component.
How does it work?
Radiesse works by causing a collagen stimulation reaction in the dermis. When these calcium “bone” particles are placed in the dermis, it stimulates the collagen in the dermis to form around it and thereby causes the dermis to be increased in volume and thickness. Radiesse claims to be the only filler that causes new collagen growth.
Where is Radiesse used?
Radiesse is best used for:
- Nasolabial folds / “smile lines”
- Upper cheek bone area
- Marionnette lines
- Nose (“the non-surgical nose job”)
How long does Radiesse last?
Besides being able to fill up areas of deeper volume loss, the advantages of Radiesse include the formation of new collagen, and the ability of this filler to last up to 1.5 years, whereas the hyaluronic acid fillers only last 6-12 months (9 months on average). The disadvantage is that the use of Radiesse leaves calcium hydroxylapetite crystals in the skin that shows up on xrays for up to 2 years. While this may sound undesirable, there isn’t any known side effects to having these crystals in the skin for this long.
Is Radiesse painful?
The quick answer is yes, but with the new technique of manually mixing lidocaine into the Radiesse by your dermatologist, the pain is now minimal to none. Even better, you can get a dental block to completely numb the nasolabial folds, cheeks, chin, and marionnette lines prior to injecting Radiesse.
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