Radiesse is one of the longest-lasting dermal fillers and an excellent option for treating wrinkles. It consists of calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres that are suspended in a carboxymethylcellulose gel. Radiesse is completely safe and does not pose any risk of an allergic reaction.
Once your skin is injected with Radiesse, not only will it smooth out wrinkles, it will also stimulate the production of collagen, which is a structural protein that helps bind your skin together. The process of stimulating new collagen is referred to as neocollagenesis. The new collagen forms around the microspheres, restoring the structure of your skin. As the collagen grows, the wrinkles begin to fade.
Lines and Wrinkles
Radiesse is particularly effective in treating deep facial creases like the nasolabial folds – these are the folds that run from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth. It is also perfect for treating the frown lines in the forehead. If you have any depressions in your face due to scarring, Radiesse is excellent for filling these. Additionally, it can also be used to restore contour to your chin and cheeks.
What to Expect
The Radiesse treatment injection procedure is quite simple. The surgeon will first administer a topical anesthetic to numb the region. Radiesse will then be injected directly into your skin. Just like any other injection, the needle is ultrafine and might cause slight discomfort. Since Radiesse is completely biocompatible, you do not have to go for an allergy test beforehand. You can go in for a consultation and get your Radiesse treatment the very same day.
Patients begin to see improvement in the treatment site almost immediately. Over the next few days, additional improvements become apparent as the calcium hydroxylapatite particles in the injected gel begin to congregate and form a scaffold, stimulating the skin and hastening the production of new collagen.
The results last for a year, after which you might need another session. It is important to understand that you need to have realistic expectations – if you are over the age of 60, you cannot go in expecting to come out looking 40 years younger. Ask your surgeon for before and after photos in order to get a fair idea of what you can expect.
Bruising and swelling at the injection site are two of the most common side effects of Radiesse injections. These will go away in a couple of days. Avoid aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medications a week before the treatment, since they might increase the chances of bleeding at the injection site.
Arrange Your Consultation for Radiesse
Are you interested in reducing the appearance of your lines and wrinkles for a younger and more radiant look? If so, it’s best to meet with skilled facial plastic surgery specialist Dr. Andres Gantous during a consultation to find out more about what Radiesse can do for you. Dr. Gantous will be happy to answer any questions you may have. To schedule an appointment for a Radiesse consultation, contact our office today.