Radiesse is an advanced facial filler designed to give long-lasting correction of facial folds, wrinkles, and other facial signs of aging. New York plastic surgeon Dr. George Lefkovits uses Radiesse to help men and women maintain a more youthful appearance for longer. Because it is a substantive filler, Radiesse can also be used instead of or prior to facial implants for chin augmentation and cheek augmentation that can recontour the face and greatly improve a person's overall appearance.
Radiesse is what might be called a "composite injectable" because it has two main components, a smooth carrier gel and tiny spheres of calcium hydroxylapatite (CHA). The carrier gel is mostly made of a common food thickener, and CHA has long been used as a bone filler. While the carrier gel is quickly absorbed by the body, the CHA spheres are resistant to absorption, which gives Radiesse its long-term results. Once the carrier gel is absorbed, the body fills around the microspheres with collagen. Eventually, the spheres are absorbed as well, and after a year or so the results of Radiesse fade.
Radiesse can be used to correct:
- Facial hollows
- Facial folds including nasolabial folds (also known as smile lines or parentheses)
- Hollow cheeks
- Weak chin
- Low cheek bones
Unlike Botox® injections, which work by paralyzing muscles, Radiesse works by filling in areas where fat has decreased or been displaced as a result of aging. The two treatments can be used together to perform full facial rejuvenation.
- Radiesse injections are non-surgical
- Radiesse injections are long lasting, approximately one year
- Radiesse injections usually require some local anesthetic
- Radiesse injections are reversible
- Results from Radiesse injections are long-lasting
- Radiesse injections correct wrinkles that Botox® injections cannot
Radiesse Injection Procedure
Radiesse injections are performed in Dr. Lefkovits' office. The injections require only a few minutes, depending on the areas being treated and the amount of filler necessary. Usually a local block anesthetic is used to eliminate any pain or discomfort.
Radiesse Post-Procedure Course
You can return to work and most activities immediately following your Radiesse injections. Avoid extensive heat or sun exposure and massaging the treated area for the day following injection. Messaging the area of injection is suggested
Because Radiesse is thicker than Juvéderm, many people experience slightly greater discomfort and post-procedure swelling following Radiesse injections. Swelling will decrease quickly and will probably last only a few days. Risks of Radiesse injections are very slight, although some people report allergic reactions and some lasting swelling or discomfort.
Following injection, treated facial folds, wrinkles, and hollows will be greatly decreased. With Radiesse, the results are visible immediately after swelling from the injections goes down. These results should be long-lasting. In clinical studies, about 80 % of people saw continued results one year after treatment.
If you would like to learn more about how to get long-lasting wrinkle correction or facial recontouring with this advanced injectable filler, schedule a Radiesse consultation with Dr. Lefkovits today.