What is RADIESSE Dermal Filler And How Does It Work?
Primarily, RADIESSE is a volumizing filler used to plump up moderate to severe facial wrinkles and to restore lost volume, such as the nasolabial folds and the cheeks. However, it is so much more than just a volumizing filler.
Unlike hyaluronic acid fillers such as Belotero and Juvederm, RADIESSE works by stimulating your body to produce collagen. It is made of Calcium Hydroxyapatite (CaHA) microspheres (25 µm to 45 µm) suspended in an aqueous gel carrier of sodium carboxymethylcellulose (CMC). When injected, it immediately adds volume to deficient areas and contour facial features. Over time, the CMC gel is fully absorbed and the body metabolizes the CaHA microspheres, leaving behind your own natural collagen.
It was first FDA approved in 2006 for treating folds and wrinkles in the face, with 6 million procedures being performed to date. In 2015, RADIESSE received FDA approval for treating volume loss in the back of the hands. To date, it is the only dermal filler approved for this purpose.
Radiesse ingredientsRadiesse is made from calcium hydroxylapatite. This mineral is found in human teeth and bones. The calcium is suspended in a water-based, gel-like solution. After stimulating collagen growth, the calcium and the gel are absorbed by the body over time.
Your eye sockets become more hollow as you age due to loss of bone mass. And when your cheeks start to sag, undesirable shadows under your eyes appear. Dark eye circles can be corrected with dermal fillers.
As you age, your mid-face or cheeks lose collagen and fat, making your cheeks look saggy. Fillers can be injected into the cheek area to volumise it, making you look young and fresh again.
Fillers can help you achieve a higher nose bridge. By enhancing the nose bridge with dermal fillers, your entire upper face becomes more attractive.
As we age, our chin bone starts to retract due to bone resorption. Fillers can be used to augment the chin to restore chin projection and make one appear slimmer.
Nasolabial folds and marionette lines
The lines coming down from your nose and mouth become deeper and longer when you get older, making you look old and tired. This can be easily corrected with dermal fillers.
Age, smoking, and other environmental factors can make your lips thinner. Fillers can be used to pump up the volume and shape your lips.
Merz Aesthetics, manufacturer of Radiesse, released study and survey data with satisfaction levels from people regarding improving fullness on the backs of their hands.
Eighty-five participants had both hands treated with Radiesse. At three months, 97.6 percent of the hands treated were rated as improved. A further breakdown shows 31.8 percent at very much improved, 44.1 percent at much improved, 21.8 percent at improved, and 2.4 percent at no change. Zero participants felt the treatment had changed their hands for the worse.
What to Expect after Radiesse TreatmentThose who’ve received Radiesse treatment in their hands or face have noticed short-term side effects, such as: