Last night, Santa Barbara medical spa Evolutions hosted an event dedicated to injectable dermal fillers, highlighting the very popular wrinkle filler Radiesse. We were excited to have our representative from Radiesse on hand to give a presentation and to answer questions afterwards.
- Sun damage
- Collagen loss
- Thinning skin
- The ligament that holds up the cheeks begins to stretch
- Facial bone structure shrinks as we grow older
The face, as we age, can be compared to a deflating balloon. What you need to know is that it can be refilled – or volumized – with Radiesse, an injectable dermal filler.
What is Radiesse?
Radiesse is made from very small molecules of calcium in a water-based gel. The beauty of this product is that Radiesse gives the gift of instant gratification! You will see results as soon as it is injected. Radiesse also stimulates growth of your natural collagen (which we lose as we age) and the results may last one year or more (the average is 12 to 13 months). It is a more affordable wrinkle correction because of the lasting longevity – that means less injections over a life time.
What is the difference between Radiesse and Botox?
Radiesse is a filler and can be injected into the nasolabial lines (those that go from your nose to your mouth), the lines around your mouth, your chin area, your eyebrow area (to lift the eyes), and your cheeks. Botox and Dsyport, which relax (or freeze) the muscle, typically are injected in the forehead area and into the frown lines between eyebrows.
What happens to Radiesse in your body?
Over time your body absorbs the calcium-based microspheres from Radiesse and leaves behind more natural collagen.
Is Radiesse safe?
Radiesse has been FDA-approved for cosmetic use since December 2006. Over 2 million syringes have been sold! Previous to 2006, Radiesse was used for medical reasons including as a filler for cranial facial defects, for patients with facial lipoatrophy and to address issues with vocal cords.
Do the injections hurt?
Radiesse has worked to enhance the patient’s comfort level by mixing lidocaine in with the product. Patients report that it has reduced the pain by 60% (and the reported pain level dropped from a 6.8 to a 2.8 out of 10). Also, many physicians, including Evolutions Medical Spa, will apply a topical anesthetic for additional patient comfort.
Other facts about Radiesse
- There is little to no downtime after injections
- There is no allergy testing because no one is allergic to the components in it
- It is purchased by syringe (1.5cc is a full syringe) which often can provide full correction (but depends on the patient)
- Do not use while pregnant or breastfeeding
- On the day that the injections are done, it is recommended to refrain from exercising (to prevent bruising) and suntanning
Some of the more common side effects are:
- Swelling – possibly for up to two days
- Redness – more likely with fair skin