Radiesse Injections: Are you a Candidate?
Reviewed by Yael Halaas, MD
With all the injectables on the market, it can be challenging to choose the right product for your needs. Radiesse (formerly Radiance), for example, may be an option if you are concerned about:
- Smile lines that run between your nose and the outer portion of your lips
- Marionette lines that extend from the outer corners of your mouth down toward your chin
- The corners of your mouth (oral commissure)
- The area on either side of your chin (pre-jowl sulcus)
What can Radiesse do for these trouble areas? Lots! Radiesse is made of calcium-based microspheres that are suspended in a water-based gel. It fills in wrinkles and folds, and stimulates your body's own natural collagen production.
Collagen is the main structural protein found in your skin, but its supply dwindles with advancing age. As a result, you may experience a loss of elasticity and volume that causes wrinkles, facial lines and skin laxity. Radiesse can help reverse the trend by delivering a blow to smile lines, marionette lines and other signs of facial aging.
Radiesse Procedure: What to Expect
Is Radiesse right for you? Board-certified plastic surgeons and facial plastic surgeons have the most extensive training with injectables, including Radiesse. Other specialists may offer injectables, but they may not be appropriately trained. In unskilled hands, the risks of Radiesse are increased and the results are marginalized.
To start your search for a qualified surgeon, click here or on the right side of this page. The All About Facial Rejuvenation directory only lists surgeons with extensive training and years of experience administering Radiesse and other facial injectables. By choosing one of our featured surgeons, you will increase your odds of a positive treatment experience and excellent results.
There is no one-size-fits-all filler. A highly trained physician with experience in a host of injectables is uniquely qualified to help determine which product or products are best for you. There are many options based on your anatomy and goals. For example, Radiesse alternatives may include collagen injections, fat injections, Sculptra Aesthetic injections, facial implants or even a full facelift.
Radiesse does not contain animal products, which means there is no allergy test required before treatment. In the past, Radiesse injections were most often performed with local anesthesia, but now it can be mixed with an anesthetic called lidocaine prior to injection. This can help alleviate some discomfort associated with the injection.
In general, Radiesse treatment takes about 15 minutes based on the size or number of facial areas to be treated. Your doctor selects one or more injection points in the areas to be treated. The filler is then injected under the dermis layer of your skin. About 80 percent of your results are instantaneous, and the full effects are evident within one week. Radiesse results can last two years or more, but touchups may be necessary.
There is no downtime after Radiesse injections. That said, you may experience some swelling in the first 24 to 36 hours after your treatment. You may also feel some discomfort and bruising. The pain is typically managed with over-the-counter pain medications. Make sure your doctor tells you which ones are OK to use before and after Radiesse treatment. You should stay out of the sun as directed by your doctor after a Radiesse injection.
While the risks of Radiesse are few, they still exist. Radiesse risks may include injection site reactions such as bruising, discomfort, swelling and redness, as well as nodules (bumps or lumps in the treated area). Sometimes nodules may require steroid treatment or surgical intervention. Dissatisfaction with the results is a risk with any cosmetic procedure. Radiesse is considered a semi-permanent filler. Its wrinkle-filling results may last up to two years. That's great if you love the results, but not so great if you don't.
The best way to minimize your risks is to choose a qualified physician, and follow his or her instructions carefully. Part of your thorough consultation process should involve an upfront discussion about your medical history, medication use and, if applicable, smoking. All of these factors can affect your risk and your results.
The cost for Radiesse is typically about $1,000 per syringe. Exactly how many syringes you will require is based on your personal treatment plan. If the cost is prohibitive, ask your doctor about payment plans and financing options. Purely cosmetic treatments are rarely, if ever, covered by insurance.
To view a comparison chart explaining the pros and cons of all available injectables, please click here.
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