Radiesse®, made by Merz Aesthetics, is a cosmetic filler that provides the volume and lifts needed to diminish the signs of aging because of the calcium-based microspheres and gel that comprise the product. These tiny calcium microspheres form a scaffold to support and stimulate the growth of your own collagen. Over time, the calcium-based microspheres gradually break down and are safely and naturally absorbed by the body.Radiesse® can be used in the following areas:
- Nasolabial folds (lines from the corner of the nose to the corner of the mouth)
- marionette lines (lines from the corner of mouth to the jowl line)
- cheek augmentation
- jawline contouring
- mental crease augmentation (chin groove)
Radiesse® is FDA approved to mix with lidocaine, which significantly reduces injection-related discomfort. Results are seen immediately. Treatments are very well tolerated by patients and results will last approximately 9-12 months.
Cosmetic Medicine Q & A
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in all mammals that helps to hydrate and add volume to your skin. In addition to its use as an aesthetic treatment, hyaluronic acid has also been used for more than 20 years for injection into arthritic joints to aid movement as well as for eye surgeries and wound repair.
Which cosmetic fillers are consider to be hyaluronic acids?
Juvederm (Ultra and Ultra Plus), Restylane and Perlane are all hyaluronic acid fillers.
What is Radiesse and how is it different from other cosmetic fillers?
Radiesse is a cosmetic filler that is comprised of calcium-based microspheres. Radiesse is different than other cosmetic fillers because it stimulates your own natural collagen to grow.
How do cosmetic fillers work?
Fillers are injectable solutions that temporarily add volume to facial tissue and restores a smoother appearance to the face and hands.
How long will my results last with a cosmetic filler?
Length of results depends on the patient, the area being treated and the amount of product that is injected. On average, hyaluronic acid cosmetic fillers generally last 6-9 months. There are other cosmetic fillers that are on the market that are FDA approved for up to 1 year, such as Radiesse.
Is treatment with cosmetic fillers painful?
Injections may cause some discomfort during and after the injection. For a more comfortable treatment experience, a topical anesthetic is applied to the area of skin that is being treated. Also, most cosmetic fillers are now formulated with lidocaine to make the injection process more tolerable.
How long does treatment usually take?
The injection process generally takes only about 30 minutes. You’ll also need to allow time to consult with your doctor prior to treatment.
Does the correction last forever?
No. Correction is temporary; therefore, touch-up injections as well as repeat injections are usually needed to maintain optimal corrections.
When will I see results?
Cosmetic fillers instantly add volume to help restore youthful contours, so you’ll see results immediately following your treatment.
What are some of the common side effects after being treated with a cosmetic filler?
After your treatment, you may have some swelling, redness, bruising, and tenderness. This will normally last less than seven days.