Last night’s educational event at Evolutions Medical Spa highlighted the dermal filler Radiesse. Greg, our representative from Radiesse, did a thorough presentation that explained what Radiesse is, how it is used, and who can use it. He also showed many impressive before-and-after pictures of Radiesse that illustrated what a difference Radiesse can make in someone’s face.
Read on for the complete recap of the Radiesse presentation:
What is Radiesse Wrinkle Filler?
Radiesse is an injectable filler that contains tiny calcium-based microspheres which are made of components similar to those found naturally in your body. Radiesse instantly restores fullness to smooth out signs of aging and has the beneficial side-effect of stimulating our own natural collagen! Results are instantaneous and may last one year or more and is a more affordable wrinkle correction for a broad range of patients.
Radiesse is the only calcium-based filler. Other dermal fillers, such as Restylane and Juvederm, are made with hyaluronic acid and are not known to stimulate collagen.
What is Radiesse used for?
Radiesse has been approved by the FDA to be used to treat:
- smile lines (nasolabial folds)
- marionette lines
- corners of the mouth (oral commissures)
- jawline (pre-jowl)
- chin wrinkles
Why would I need Radiesse?
As we age, our nasolabial lines and marionette lines deepen, and our cheek and eye areas lose volume. Natural collagen begins to breakdown creating loss of elasticity and wrinkles. The lower face begins to take on more of a broad square shape as opposed to the upside down triangular shape of a youthful face. Radiesse wrinkle filler provides volume and lift needed to diminish the signs of aging for visible, long-lasting results.
What is the difference between Radiesse and anti-wrinkle treatments like Botox or Dysport?
Botox and Dysport are muscle relaxers that are typically used in the forehead area. Dermal fillers, such as Radiesse, are typically used in the lower part of the face (from the eyes to chin) to replace volume. We would not want to use Botox or Dysport in the lower part of the face because you wouldn’t want to stop the muscles from working in that area. Instead, a dermal filler would be used to replace the volume lost.
What is a Radiesse treatment like?
Now Radiesse can be mixed with an anesthetic (lidocaine) prior to injection to increase the comfort level. Clinical studies have shown that people felt a 60% reduction in pain level during injection. There is no downtime after a treatment. A person may want to use a cold pack to reduce swelling and the chance of bruising and any exercise after the treatment is not recommended (on the day of the treatment). The day after treatment you can resume any exercise activity.
Who can use Radiesse?
Radiesse is ideal for a broad range of patients for instant correction of moderate to severe wrinkles. Those who should not use Radiesse wrinkle fillers are people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have an active infection in the area to be treated.
If you would like to know how Radiesse, or other dermal fillers, can benefit you, please call Evolutions for a complimentary consultation at 805.687.0212.