Radiesse® is made of calcium-based microspheres suspended in a gel vehicle that is biodegradable over time. Studies have shown this filler is truly “volumizing” in that it stimulates natural collagen production when injected into the skin. We use Radiesse when there is a need to correct deeper lines in the nasolabial folds, create more lift through the cheeks, fill in hollows like the temples, or to rejuvenate the hands. Radiesse can provide more of a “lifting” effect compared to the softer hyaluronic acid fillers, and may last longer in some individuals. It also works beautifully to better define the chin or jawline, and can be used to sculpt out or straighten the nose in the right candidate. Radiesse creates a buttress under the skin, boosting the volume and allowing your own body to produce collagen around it.
At the Derm Institute, we always mix our Radiesse with a numbing agent to increase comfort of injection and find patients are comfortable throughout the procedure. If you are impatient, immediate improvement is seen! Like most fillers, swelling and bruising can occur, as well as a temporary feeling of firmness under the skin. These symptoms usually subside in 2-7 days.
Please read our Pre and Post Filler directions for best results and what to expect.