What is RADIESSE® and how does it work?
RADIESSE® is a volumizing facial filler made of tiny calcium-based microspheres, which are similar to minerals found naturally within the body, making it safe and non-allergenic. RADIESSE® injections can work to replenish lost volume, fill in facial wrinkles and folds, and encourage the production of natural collagen in the skin during the months following treatment. The results can be immediately noticeable and long lasting.
What areas can be treated with RADIESSE®?
RADIESSE® is FDA-approved to reduce the appearance of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the “parentheses” lines that run from the side of the nose to the corners of the mouth (nasolabial folds). RADIESSE® can also restore youthful volume to the cheeks, the chin and jaw line, as well as temples and hands. RADIESSE® can also be used to reshape the nose. We find RADIESSE® especially beneficial in the lower face, as well as for men and patients aged 35 and above.
Is RADIESSE® safe and are there any possible side effects?
RADIESSE® is FDA-approved and has undergone rigorous testing in clinical studies to prove its safety. RADIESSE® has been used for years in many other types of surgery, including reconstructive, maxillofacial, and dental surgery. Since RADIESSE® is made from a substance that naturally occurs in the body (calcium hydroxylapatite) and contains no animal products, no allergy testing is needed before treatment.
Side effects from RADIESSE® are typically mild and rare. Temporary redness and swelling at the injection site is possible. These effects usually resolve within a few days and can be covered with makeup if desired. Rarely, tiny calcium deposits may arise as small white bumps on the surface of the skin. Any calcium deposits that may occur can be easily removed by our providers. Before your procedure, one of our Nurses will discuss with you any possible side effects and answer any questions that you may have about safety.
Who should administer RADIESSE®?
RADIESSE® injections are best administered by a qualified medical professional with an understanding of proper technique and safety. Our Nurses have years of experience in administering dermal fillers and would be happy to answer your questions about whether RADIESSE ® is right for you.
How long will the results last?
The results can be seen immediately and last 9 months to a year or more in many patients.
Can RADIESSE® be combined with other procedures?
Yes. Various dermal fillers like Juvederm or Radiesse and other cosmetic injectables, such as BOTOX®, are often used concurrently to treat a variety of facial areas. Additionally, different types of fillers such as Belotero or Juvederm can be used synergistically as part of advanced layer techniques. RADIESSE® may also be used in combination with laser treatments such as Micro Laser Peels, Laser Skin Resurfacing, BBL Photo Facials, Chemical Peels or other procedures for even better results. We will discuss with you what procedure or combination of procedures may best suit your specific needs.
How can I prepare for RADIESSE® treatment?
During your initial consultation, one of our Nurses will thoroughly discuss your goals and expectations, including possible risks and the best way to prepare for your treatment. As much as possible, patients should avoid taking aspirin and ibuprofen-containing products (such as Advil and Motrin), St. John’s Wort, high doses of vitamin E supplements, and other blood thinners (unless medically necessary) for 1 week prior to treatment in order to minimize the risk of bruising. Patients should also avoid red wine and multivitamins for 2 days prior to treatment.
What should I expect during treatment?
RADIESSE® treatment is quick and simple, with minimal discomfort. A topical anesthetic may be used to increase patient comfort. An anesthetic is also mixed in with the product for optimal comfort. RADIESSE® is injected into the treatment area using a fine needle. Correction can be evident following treatment and will continue to improve over the subsequent days as any swelling or irritation resolves.
What should I expect after treatment?
Mild swelling and bruising is possible, but is not always present, for a few days following treatment. This depends on the location treated and the amount of filler that is needed. You may take Tylenol for discomfort if any, but do not take aspirin or ibuprofen, which may increase bruising. Anti-bruising products containing Arnica Montana and Bromelain can help aid in the alleviation of bruising. We will determine which aftercare product is best for you.
How can I find out more about RADIESSE® treatment?
Our Nurses at Renewal Skin Spa will be happy to meet with you to discuss RADIESSE® treatment. If you’re considering Dermal Fillers, please schedule a free consultation by calling us at Renewal Skin Spa: 616-940-1177 or click here to contact us.