Radiesse is another type of soft tissue filler and perhaps the longest lasting of all available dermal fillers. The chemical is often used to fill up large skin defects in the face and helps reverse the deep lines, wrinkles and skin creases.
Radiesse is made of unique calcium microspheres that are suspended in a glycerin. This preparation is injected into the skin with a very fine needle. The tiny microspheres provide a background into which the body's own tissues can grow, maintain the implant in place and elevate the skin above it
Radiesse produces excellent results for the deeper, hollowed out creases and wrinkles. It is most frequently used to treat moderate facial wrinkles and nasolabial folds.
There are some clinical studies that have shown Radiesse to be safe, and long lasting. There are some claims that the chemical also stimulates the body to make its own collagen
Radiesse dermal filler typically lasts a year or more.
Despite being touted as the best filler, about 20% of individuals show no or very little improvement with Radiesse. Event though it is claimed to last more than a year, some individuals have a shorter response ranging anywhere from 6-9 months. Because it is not permanent, Radiesse has to be injected frequently in the future when the lines come back.
The procedure is performed as an outpatient under local anesthesia. There is some pain associated with injection of the compound. The average treatment time is 20-30 minutes.
The procedure involves injecting a liquid preparation of tiny calcium microspheres that are suspended in a gel. The gel is made of various other component including glycerin and water.
Once injected the body tissues surround the calcium microspheres and form a molding around it, making the surround area more rigid and smooth. In this way, Radiesse fills the creases and curves of the face.
The results are quite evident within a week but touch-ups may be necessary throughout this time period.
After the procedure there is always swelling and bruising on the face. This will resolve in 2-5 days. One is asked to stay out of the sun for the next few days
Sometimes the injection of calcium microspheres causes hard nodules underneath the skin. These nodules or granuloma are permanent and may require surgical removal or injection of corticosteroids
A few patients develop moderate degree of pain in the area of injection
Radiesse is usually performed by dermatologist and cosmetic surgeons. To avoid any mishaps and have a desired result, always seek a board certified physician who has experience with this technique.
The cost of Radiesse is variable depending on the amount injected and the severity of the skin effect. The average cost of a syringe of Radiesse costs about $500-800.