Radiesse is an injectable filler composed of calcium hydroxylapatite complexed with cellulose. The effect of this filler lasts for 9 to 14 months, depending on the individual. Because it is not animal based, there is no allergy testing required prior to treatment. Calcium hydroxylapatite is biodegradable, so it is safely absorbed by your body over time.
Radiesse injections work well to replace the volume that certain parts of the face lose with time.
Radiesse also works well to sculpt areas of the face such as the nose or the chin, changing the contours or enhancing certain parts of these features to make them more symmetric or harmonious with the rest of the face. Radiesse injections cause minimal pain, mild swelling if any, and require no recovery time. Most people can go back to work the same day or the next morning. A topical numbing cream is applied prior to treatment and we use ice during treatment to optimize comfort. Small amounts of Radiesse are injected into precise locations, and in most cases you will be asked to give feedback so that you have control over your final look.
After injection of Radiesse, your body’s skin cells grow around the calcium hydroxylapatite particles. The Radiesse acts like scaffolding through which the body’s cells grow. Within about a week, the injectable becomes integrated into the skin. As part of the skin, the implant does not move and is very durable.
The result is a soft, pliable filled area, which looks natural. After about a year your body absorbs the filler and the injections can be repeated, meaning that the treated area can be adjusted to compliment the changes that occur in your face over time. We have recently observed that Radiesse injections result in stimulation of collagen growth in the area where the material is injected. The collagen stimulation provides a volume benefit even after the Radiesse dissolves for many people. Chances are that this effect will last for a significant period of time, even after the Radiesse dissolves.
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