What is Radiesse?
Radiesse is a dermal filler composed of synthetic calcium hydroxylapatite (the mineral component in our teeth and bones) suspended in gel (carboxymethylcellulose) microspheres. Calcium hydroxylapatite remains soft when used in the soft tissue of the body. This substance is widely used in humans for prosthetic implants in dental, facial and orthopedic surgery and to restore injured vocal chords. In 2006, Radiesse dermal filler was approved by the FDA for use in cosmetic treatments of moderate to severe facial wrinkles such as nasolabial folds (the folds that run from the nose to the mouth). Radiesse works with your own body in a remarkable way. Upon injection, it immediately adds volume to safely contour, correct, and beautify facial features. Radiesse continues to work over time as it starts a process called collagenesis, stimulating your body to produce new collagen.
How is Radiesse different from other fillers and where is it used?
Other fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm are composed of hyaluronic acid. Radiesse is composed of hydroxylapatite. Because this material is thicker and denser than hyaluronic acid, it will resist spreading out and will do a better job of pushing up deep folds, such as the nasolabial folds. Radiesse can also be used to add volume to the chin and cheeks. The choice of which filler to use depends on many factors. At your complementary consultation, Dr. Precht will thoroughly explain your options and recommend a treatment plan that will allow you to achieve the results you desire.
How long does it last?
Radiesse usually persists in the tissue for approximately 12-18 months although individual results may vary. Radiesse also stimulates new collagen production that can last even longer. It is not uncommon to have a touch up-injection within a year in order to enjoy the full amount of correction that you experienced initially. These touch-up injections usually require a smaller amount of Radiesse and are therefore less expensive than the original procedure.
What should I expect during and after the injection procedure?
In order to provide you with the most comfort during the procedure, the dedicated Seattle cosmetic surgeon
Dr. Lisa Precht often uses a local anesthetic to prepare the treatment area. Radiesse injections are implanted intradermally through a fine-gauge needle into the treated area. Once the injection is completed, a cold pack will be applied to minimize swelling and bruising. There will be some degree of swelling, which usually resolves in 1-2 days. Occasionally, minor swelling and redness may persist longer but will resolve over time. The degree of bruising varies, as some individuals tend to bruise more easily than others. By following the pre-treatment guidelines below, you can minimize your chance of bruising. After the procedure, the treated area will likely feel firm, but after two weeks, the area will have softened and will feel very natural.
How should I prepare for treatment?
• Avoid the use of aspirin for 2-3 weeks if possible.
• Avoid the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Naprosyn, Aleve and others for 1-2 weeks if possible.
• Consider pre-treatment with Arnica tablets starting 1-2 days before your injection date and continuing for 2 days after. This naturopathic agent helps to minimize bruising and swelling.
• Schedule your injection at a time when minor swelling or bruising will not disrupt your social obligations.
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