Radiesse is a non-allergenic, non-toxic injectable dermal filler that is made from biocompatible ingredients. It is considered safe and effective and has been approved and cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a variety of uses. Patients are able to return to work or regular, daily activities immediately following their treatment session and are advised to avoid sun as much as possible for the first few days after the procedure. There may be some discomfort after the appointment, which can be managed with over-the-counter or prescription medications, as well as some minor swelling, which normally subsides within two to three days.
Some bruising, swelling and discomfort is normal after receiving Radiesse injections; however, if the pain or swelling persists the patient should contact their Radiesse provider to report these, or any other, ongoing symptoms or issues. In some rare cases, nodules may form near the injection site, which might require surgical removal or steroid treatments. Other possible complications include infections or scar formation; however, these are very rare.
Some results will be apparent immediately after the treatment session, with full results normally realized approximately one week later. Many patients enjoy these results for over one year before maintenance injections are needed, with some reporting optimal results that last as long as three years. Individual results and the time between required maintenance injections will depend on skin type, age, muscle activity in the treatment area and lifestyle. Results will also be influenced by the rate of re-absorption of the Radiesse ingredients and the amount of collagen and tissue produced by the body as a result of receiving this treatment.
Overall, Radiesse has been shown to provide a more youthful appearance and reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles, folds and lines in both clinical settings and with normal patient use. It has also been successfully used to increase volume when used in lip and cheek augmentation. Side effects and complications are rare, and most patients achieve satisfying, long-lasting results with Radiesse.