What It Is
Radiesse is an injectable dermal filler used to fight aging signs to plump up the skin. It is injected with a tiny needle and will instantly add volume under the skin, providing both short term and long-term benefits as the injections will stimulate your body’s natural production of collagen. The results from the treatment are immediate and long-lasting, with results that last over a year in many of our patients. This longevity makes Radiesse one of the leaders in long-lasting cosmetic treatments, which also means that it is more cost-effective for our patients. Additionally, Radiesse dermal fillers are formulated with chemical compounds that are naturally found and produced in the body, meaning that no allergy testing is required before treatment. If you are interested in Radiesse dermal fillers, contact the McLean office today to learn more!
The main ingredient in Radiesse injections is calcium hydroxylapatite, which is found naturally in the body in the bones and teeth. As we age, the amount of calcium hydroxylapatite breaks down as the body naturally absorbs this substance. This is why skin loses its elasticity and bounciness as time goes on. Radiesse can combat this by re-introducing this substance to correct and smooth out lines and wrinkles associated with the aging process. Although the results of Radiesse fillers are not permanent, they are extremely long lasting and are a great alternative to invasive surgical procedures.
Radiesse is an FDA-approved dermal filler used to smooth out the appearance of moderate to severe facial lines, folds, and wrinkles. Popular areas of treatment include the nasolabial folds, which appear from the corner of the nose down toward the mouth, as well as injected into the back of the hands to correct volume loss.
How to Prepare
In many cases, Radiesse filler treatments usually only take between 15 to 20 minutes to complete and there is virtually no downtime or substantial recovery periods required post-procedure. The procedure can be done immediately following your first consultation at our clinic and you will be able to return to your normal activities right away. There is no need to take time off school or work to recover.
If you are planning to undergo a Radiesse procedure, we recommend avoiding anti-inflammatory medications (such as aspirin) and refrain from smoking about 2 weeks before your procedure date as these practices can negatively impact the healing process and result in increased bleeding, bruising, and inflammation in the treatment areas. Radiesse should also not be used if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
How It Works
The Radiesse procedure is extremely simple, causing virtually zero pain and zero downtime as opposed to a traditional surgical facelift. Radiesse is composed of Calcium Hydroxylapatite, a natural substance found in the body, and is suspended in an aqueous gel. It is also FDA approved to mix with lidocaine, a local anesthetic that can reduce pain related to the injection process.
It will be injected just under the surface of the skin. Your skin will absorb the liquid and combine with the natural compounds that exist in your skin, which will correct elasticity in the treatment area and provide you with a smoother, rejuvenated, and youthful looking result. On a long-term basis, Radiesse injections provide immediate correction to restore volume loss and will continue working on a long-term basis by stimulating the body’s natural production of collagen. As time goes on, the gel will be absorbed and metabolized by your body, leaving behind the collagen that was produced during this process.
Radiesse dermal filler injections provide patients with immediate, effective results that are an excellent alternative to more invasive forms of cosmetic surgery, such as facelifts. You will be able to notice your results instantly and its natural composition makes it perfect for patients with even the most sensitive of skin.
If you are seeking a quick and easy solution to address acne scarring, deep wrinkles, and volume loss, Radiesse injections may be the perfect option for you.
Aftercare and Recovery
The vast majority of our patients are able to return to their normal, day to day activities right away after their Radiesse treatment. Mild swelling and bruising at the injection site is normal and to be expected, and will usually resolve on its own within a few days. Ice may also be applied to the injection site to help reduce swelling.
Radiesse is comprised of substances that are found naturally in the body, which means there is no chance of allergic or adverse reactions to the product. With this said, it is important to follow our pre-operative and post-operative instructions to ensure you achieve optimal results.
In clinical studies of Radiesse, the most common adverse reactions include redness, bruising, swelling, pain, and other local side effects. During your initial consultation in the comfort and privacy of the McLean Clinic office in Mississauga, the McLean Clinic team will discuss all the details that are unique to each and every patient and you can rest assured that your questions and potential concerns will be answered.
Myths and Facts
Those considering Radiesse injections should know that unlike hyaluronic acid based fillers such as Juvederm
, Radiesse is made of Calcium Hydroxyapatite suspended in an aqueous gel. When this is injected into the affected area, it works to immediately restore lost volume and contour areas of the face. Over time, your body will naturally metabolize the Calcium Hydroxyapatite and leave the natural collagen behind. Radiesse is also the only dermal filler that is FDA approved for use on the back of the hands to fight signs of aging and volume loss.