Facial rejuvenation is one of our specialties, and something we are known for. At SKIN Medical Spa, our high-level training and years of clinical experience enable us to develop customized treatment plans to meet your individual needs. We are proud to offer a variety of dermal filler products to help reduce the signs of aging.
What is RADIESSE®?
Radiesse is a volumizing filler used for long-lasting correction of moderate to severe facial volume loss. Radiesse is a water-based gel filler composed of calcium hydroxylapatite filled microspheres and is commonly used for mid-face contouring and volume. This calcium based filler helps to improve signs of aging with immediate and lasting results.
How does RADIESSE work?
There are two ways in which Radiesse supports younger-looking skin. First, this product restores volume to the treatment area yielding immediate results. Then, over time, the gel component of the filler is absorbed into surrounding tissue. This leaves the microspheres behind to act as a scaffolding to the connective tissue beneath the skin. These tiny microspheres are gradually metabolized over the next 1 to 2 years and are encouraging the restructuring of collagen for lasting results.
RADIESSE Treatment Areas
The consistency of the Radiesse product makes it ideal for deeper tissues and, therefore, concerns such as the loss of midface volume, deep lines, and creases. Radiesse is also a go-to filler for individuals who would like to correct the evidence of age on the backs of their hands. The most common injection areas include:
- Nasolabial folds
- Marionette lines
- Jowl pre-sagging
- Downturned corners of the mouth
- Chin wrinkles
Candidates for RADIESSE Injections
Men and women with all types of skin can benefit from the volumizing, wrinkle-reducing Radiesse filler. However, Radiesse is typically recommended for thicker skin with more significant folds and lines or moderate volume loss across the cheeks. Radiesse is not appropriate for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Additionally, Radiesse may be a better treatment option for patients who have had dermal fillers before and can commit to the longevity of this product. Hyaluronic acid fillers such as JUVÉDERM® XC can be reversed with a particular enzyme, however, the same is not true for Radiesse. Radiesse is only diminished by the body’s natural resolution of the microspheres over time.
The RADIESSE Filler Procedure
After arriving in our office, Dr. Colvin will clean the treatment area. Then, he will inject the appropriate amount of Radiesse filler with a fine needle. The entire procedure takes about 15 minutes and patients can return to their normal activities immediately after treatment. Radiesse is FDA-approved for mixing with anesthetic lidocaine in order to relieve some pain. Patients typically receive 1 or 2 treatments in order to achieve their desired results.
RADIESSE Side Effects
Typically, Radiesse side effects are mild and temporary. Any side effects that occur appear at the injection site and include the following:
- Mild irritation
Results of RADIESSE
A significant advantage of Radiesse treatment is that patients see their new look immediately since swelling is minimal. In addition, Radiesse has a foundation of calcium hydroxylapatite so treatment areas continue to improve as new collagen strands form around the microspheres. While every patient metabolizes filler products at a different rate, the average lifespan for Radiesse is 1 to 2 years. We recommend patients interested in maintaining their results schedule retreatment at the 18-month mark.
Schedule A Consultation
Facial aging can be a concerning and frustrating process. We are here to help you age as gracefully as you would like by treating your skin with proven, innovative, non-surgical treatments. For more information on Radiesse and how it can help you achieve a more rejuvenated appearance, call SKIN Medical Spa at 415.409.6500 to schedule a consultation. The staff in our San Francisco medical spa offers friendly, professional service that enables you to feel your best at all times.
*Note that each individual is unique, during your consultation at SKIN Medical Spa we will help you determine the best procedure to obtain your desired results.