WHAT IS RADIESSE?
Radiesse is a dermal filler made up of calcium hydroxapatite. This is the same material found in bone, so it is well tolerated by the body. Radiesse works by creating a process called collagenesis which can stimulate collage to be produced in areas where it is injected.
Radiesse is non reversible so it is important that the injector has experience in
placement. Allergic reactions are rare, and there is some possiblity of nodule formation.
WHERE IS USED?
Dr. Shah uses Radiesse to add volume to the face, cheeks, lower lid cheekbone interface, nasolabial folds and along the jawline.
WHERE IS IT NOT USED?
According to Dr. Shah, Radiesse should never be used in the nose, lips or in the nasojugal folds.
HOW DOES RADIESSE WORK?
Radiesse begins a process called neocollagnesis where Radiesse is injected that stimulates the production of new collagen. This process leads to extended, natural results.
HOW WE AGE
As we grow older, our face does not aging in one area. Thus, aging should not be treated in only one area. It is important that an injector understand this, and treat aging globally rather than in one location.
Downtime with Radiesse is very minimal. Most patients are ‘resturant ready’ very shortly post injection. Dr. Shah patients typically have minimal bruising and swelling post procedure with this product
DR. SHAH’S TAKE ON THIS FACIAL FILLER
Radiesse is an excellent filler with a long standing track record of safety. It is critically important that the injector have experience with this filler as it is non-reversible and used in the wrong anatomic plane can create visual and palpable deformities. I have seen patients from outside injectors who have had long recovery period.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is Radiesse dermal filler safe?
Radiesse is FDA approved, and allergic reactions are rare,
How is treatment with Radiesse dermal filler performed?
RADIESSE dermal filler is injected into the skin through a simple procedure. Treatment takes place in the office, and patients can return to work and day to day activities immediately.
Will I need a skin test?
Allergic reactions when using Radiasse are very rare, you do not need to undergo allergy testing. It you believe you are experiencing an allergic reactions, see medical assistance.
Does it hurt?
Very little. Techniques such as icing to numb the skin and distraction techniques are used to minimize discomfort.
Are there any side effects?
Patients seldom experience side effects. Possible side effects include slight redness of swelling at the injection site.
How soon can I expect results?
Will Radiesse dermal filler become hard or noticeable to the touch?
No, Radiasse is soft filler that mimics the feel of your skin
Is Radiesse dermal filler permanent?
No. As the product wears away (in about 4-12 months) it is absorbed by the body.
How many treatments will I need?
Most patients need only one treatment, though sometimes a follow up appointment for touch ups is desired.
What is the history of Radiesse?
Introduced in 2002 was originally used for vocal cord augmentation and maxillofacial defects. In 2006 received FDA approval for soft tissue augmentation.
What is Radiesse comprised of?
Radiesse is comprised of 25 to 45 micrometers of Calcium hydroxyapatite in an aqueous sodium methylcellulose and glycerin gel carrier. Radiesse is synthetic and non-animal derived product composed of naturally occurring minerals in bone and teeth.
How long does Radiesse last?
Patients were found to be satisfied at one year of injection based on evidence from several studies.
How does Radiesse work?
The product appears to provide immediate volume for 1 year and longer correction due to neocollagenesis due to the radiesse serving as a scaffolding for new collagen fibrils.
How is Radiesse absorbed from the body?
Radiesse is eventually degraded into calcium and phosphate via the urine.
Does Radiesse require skin testing?
Radiesse is non-immunogenic and does not require skin testing.
Can Radiesse be injected into lips?
Due to Radiesse’s high viscosity, G prime , and elasticity it should not be injected into lips.
Can Radiesse be used with patients of medium to darker complexions?
Radiesse can be used for Type IV to VI patients safely according to a variety of studies