Radiesse™ -- injectable filler
Radiesse is a new generation injectable filler that offers superior
versatility for both cosmetic and reconstructive use without surgery.
The unique composition of Radiesse provides immediate visual improvement
common with other fillers, along with the benefit of long-lasting
results. This is because Radiesse is made of very tiny, smooth calcium
hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres. The microspheres (particles)
form a scaffold through which your body’s own collagen grows,
and this produces the desired long-term effect. These unique advantages
make Radiesse the ideal choice for facial shaping and contouring
— along with other therapeutic applications.
Advantages of Radiesse?
Used to restore and reshape obvious signs of facial aging, Radiesse
does more than other fillers that simply chase wrinkles. Its unique
contouring ability allows physicians to treat large areas of the
face in one procedure. For the first three months after injection,
Radiesse initially performs as a filler substance by plumping up
the skin. Then thanks to its collagen-generating properties, Radiesse
actually stimulates new tissue development for extended correction
for up to 12 to 24 months.
Radiesse produces longer-lasting results, which saves you time
and money. Unlike other fillers that often require multiple re-injections
stretched out over weeks or even months to maintain optimal results,
Radiesse’s unique longevity reduces the need for costly and
time-consuming re-injections. Radiesse also allows you to resume
your daily activities almost immediately.
Facial Contouring with Radiesse
Aging, fat loss, and the pull of gravity, eventually create noticeable
changes in the area under the eyes, along the cheekbone, and down
to the base of the jaw. For facial contouring, Radiesse can be used
• Nasolabial folds
• Marionette lines
• Cheek augmentation
• Non-surgical rhinoplasty
• Jaw line
• Chin augmentation
Any form of facial contouring with Radiesse is performed as a non-surgical,
minimally invasive out-patient procedure in a physician’s
For those suffering from HIV lipoatrophy (facial wasting) due to
medications, Radiesse is the ideal injectable shaper that provides
immediate contour improvements and can give the face an overall
healthy, full appearance with long-lasting results.
How long will Radiesse™ last?
In facial applications, Radiesse should provide a correction that
lasts around one to two years (with an occasional touchup). Individual
results may vary, affected by age, metabolism, skin type, lifestyle
and muscle activity.
How quickly can I return to my normal activities?
Approximately 24 hours following injection of Radiesse, most swelling
or redness will have subsided. Some patients return to work immediately
following injection, while others may need 24 hours.
Is Radiesse permanent?
No. The gel carrier dissipates over a few months allowing for new
tissue infiltration. The CaHA particles gradually break down and
are metabolized over two to three years.
Will Radiesse become hard or noticeable to touch?
No, Radiesse will remain soft and pliable and will take on the
characteristics of the surrounding soft tissue.
What is Radiesse composed of?
Radiesse is composed of synthetic calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA)
microspheres suspended in a gel carrier. CaHA is a biomaterial with over twenty years of use in orthopedics,
neurosurgery, dentistry, and ophthalmology, and is the primary mineral
constituent of bone and teeth. The semi-solid nature of Radiesse
is created by suspending CaHA in a common water based carrier, also
used in a large array of products.
Radiesse is synthetic CaHA that has similar characteristics to
bone and teeth, and is naturally compatible with the body. It has
been tested extensively in clinical trials for over seven years
now with exceptional safety and efficacy results.
How many treatments will I require?
Some patients may achieve an optimal correction on their first injection.
For other patients, variability in the rate of tissue in-growth
may require a touch-up to achieve an optimal correction.
Are there any side effects?
There are few reported side effects. However, some common injection-related
reactions may occur, such as edema, swelling, pain, itching, discoloration,
and tenderness at the injection site.