- RADIESSE® indications: Facial wrinkles such as nasolabial folds
- Type of wrinkles: Moderate to severe
- Results are visible: Immediately
- Results last for: One to two years
- Injectable type: Calcium Hydroxylapatite microsphere dermal filler
RADIESSE® is a dermal filler that can correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and creases such as smile lines. It can restore and correct the signs and appearance of facial fat loss (lipo-atrophy) in patients. It works by restoring volume to the underlying facial structure and stimulating the body’s natural production of collagen; as a result, facial wrinkles are smoothed out, making them far less noticeable. Patients of Jefferson Plastic Surgery in Philadelphia can undergo RADIESSE® injections to rejuvenate the face.
RADIESSE® is ideal for patients with moderate to significant facial wrinkles. It is not recommended for those who:
- Are pregnant or nursing
- Have severe allergy that manifests with anaphylaxis (inability to breathe)
- Have bleeding disorders
- Are under the age of 18
- Are taking any blood-thinning medication (such as Plavix or Coumadin), which may increase the risk of bleeding
The RADIESSE® Procedure
The RADIESSE® treatment is simple and can be done right in a doctor’s office. During the procedure, an ultrafine needle is used to inject RADIESSE® directly into the folds of the facial skin. Patients can opt to have a topical or local anesthetic applied prior to the procedure. In general, the procedure is very quick, lasting about 15 minutes.
Patient recovery time is quite short compared to other cosmetic procedures. Patients may experience redness, swelling, or bruising in the injection areas. These conditions will generally start to disappear after a week. There are some other precautions patients should take for the first 24 hours following treatment. Avoid significant movement, and do not touch or rub the injection sites. Do not wear makeup for a day or so, and avoid sun and heat exposure as much as possible.
RADIESSE® Side Effects
The side effects of RADIESSE® are mild and should disappear relatively quickly following surgery. Patients may experience redness, swelling, bruising, or bleeding at the injection sites. Cold compresses should reduce the redness, swelling, and bruising. Avoid taking aspirin or other NSAIDs starting two to three weeks before surgery until two to three weeks afterwards, as these are blood thinners and may increase bleeding.
Risks from RADIESSE® treatment are very rare. However, in a few cases, small lumps of the dermal filler (called nodules) may form at injection sites. In even rarer instances, patients may experience pain that cannot be properly managed with medications. Infection is another possible risk of RADIESSE® treatment
Patients should start to see results from RADIESSE® treatment relatively quickly, generally within a few days. Results will usually last anywhere from one to two years. Some clinical studies have shown that patients were significantly more satisfied with their RADIESSE® treatment compared to patients who underwent treatment with other dermal fillers. One of these studies showed that patients needed 30 percent less RADIESSE® than of Perlane®, another popular dermal filler.
Philadelphia RADIESSE® Consultations
RADIESSE® offers patients a simple solution for combating the effects of aging. Contact Jefferson Plastic Surgery in Philadelphia to schedule a RADIESSE® consultation.