What is Radiesse®?
Radiesse® is one of the “filler” products that Cape & Islands Plastic Surgery offers to soften and reduce some of the facial lines such as the nasolabial folds (the lines between your nose and mouth) and the marionette lines (the lines that run down from your mouth). Radiesse® can also be used to reshape the jaw line and cheek bone. Like other fillers, these results can be achieved with a simple in-office visit. Radiesse® lasts up to 12 months.* The results with Radiesse® can be seen immediately. As with any “filler” treatment or injectable there may be some bruising for a few days. Makeup usually adequately covers most bruising and patients are able to go about their normal daily routine. While this bruising may be minor, patients do need to be aware of it and not schedule treatments within a week of “important events.”
How does Radiesse® work?
Radiesse® is a safe, biocompatible, biodegradable, injectable that is made up primarily of Calcium. The FDA approved Radiesse® in December 2006 for the correction and filling for moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles, including nasolabial folds. No skin testing is required.* Radiesse® is gently injected into the skin in small amounts with a very fine needle. Its exclusive calcium-based microsphere technology contains tiny particles that form a scaffold around which the body is stimulated to produce new collagen. This unique response provides immediate, visible improvement of folds and wrinkles, while the body’s own collagen naturally restores a fuller, more youthful appearance that keeps patients looking better even longer. Radiesse’s® tiny microspheres gradually break down into calcium and phosphate ions that are naturally taken up by the body over time.* Radiesse® is not recommended for use in enlarging or enhancing the lips.