What is Radiesse®?
Radiesse (once called Radiance) is a synthetic dermal filler made of calcium hydroxyapatite and is used for soft tissue augmentation and to treat skin folds and wrinkles. Calcium hydroxyapatite is an inorganic substance similar to bone. No animals or animal products are used during the production of this dermal filler, and no skin testing is needed.
What does a Radiesse injection do for my face?
Radiesse provides a matrix into which the body’s own tissue and can add volume and grow. It is used for soft tissue augmentation, such as adding volume to lips and cheeks and can also help to fill in deep skin folds and wrinkles.
What is a Radiesse treatment like?
A small needle is used to implant the Radiesse into your skin or just below the skin. Topical and/or local anesthetic is used to control pain during the injections. The injector will walk you through the process and make sure that you are comfortable during the procedure. Remember, we have treated thousands of patients with Radiesse and other fillers and your experience is important to us. The results are natural-looking especially for recontouring the cheeks and jaw line.
How soon will I see results of my Radiesse injection and how long does it last?
The results of a Radiesse injection are immediate. Results typically last in the range of 6-12 months before a touch up is needed, much longer than the former leading dermal fillers. Individual results may vary based on age, skin type, lifestyle and muscle activity. We will explain how individual results will vary during your consultation.
What can I expect following my Radiesse injection?
There may be minimal swelling, which usually subsides in 24-36 hours. Normal activities can be resumed immediately following injections. Ice should be applied after the injection to minimize bruising and swelling.
Are there any possible complications with Radiesse?
A rare complication may be the appearance of nodules, which typically just occur in the lips. They usually respond to massage and time but can be injected with a steroid if needed.
How is Radiesse better than the former leading fillers?
Unlike other fillers, Radiesse can be injected into various depths or planes, which provides much more support to the facial tissues by replacing volume where it has been lost rather than just covering up the problem with superficial filler.
What type of training is required for injecting Radiesse?
Our Nurse Practitioner is highly trained in injecting Radiesse and other fillers including keeping up to date with the latest trends and products to come on the market. Radiesse is a difficult product to work with and many injectors are not skilled enough to inject. We have treated thousands of patients with Radiesse and have the experience to provide the results. Make sure to come seek us out first before seeing any other injector(s) who is not skilled in this product and technique.
If you would like to learn more about Radiesse or any other cosmetic surgery procedure or treatment available at the Elite Facial Plastic Surgery, please contact us today to schedule your complimentary initial consultation. Dr. Dominic serves patients in the Tampa, St. Petersburg, Lakeland and Sarasota, Florida areas.