What is Radiesse?

Radiesse is a wrinkle filler treatment used to plump the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.  Radiesse uses a filler made of calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres suspended in a water-based gel, providing the “scaffolding” necessary for the development of collagen. The results are natural looking and have been shown to last up to a year creating both an immediate and long-lasting improvement to the appearance of wrinkles.

What occurs during treatment?

The physicians at The Center for Facial Cosmetics will work closely with you to determine which approach is best for your needs. After your facial features are assessed and mapped, a Radiesse is injected into the skin to add volume and smooth out wrinkles. The treatment may occur under a local anesthetic.

Radiesse at The Center for Facial Cosmetics

Before and After Image of Radiesse. Click to Enlarge.

What care is required before treatment?

Avoid products that can thin your blood, including alcohol, for at least 24 hours before the treatment. You should also avoid anti-inflammatory medications for several days prior to the treatment. Using moisturizer and other skin care products before a wrinkle filler treatment can be helpful. This preparation will help moisturize the skin and prevent skin damage. Do not schedule a wrinkle filler treatment within one week of a chemical peel or laser treatment.

What care is required after treatment?

For the first 24 hours after the treatment, avoid strenuous exercise, exposure to sunlight or extreme cold, or rubbing or massaging the treated areas. Continue to refrain from anti-inflammatory medications for one week after the treatment. Immediately report any redness, blisters, or itching you notice after the treatment.

How long is the recovery time?

Patients can resume normal activities immediately after the treatment. Wrinkle fillers may cause side effects such as swelling, tenderness, bruising, pain, or itching in the injection area, but these effects can generally be treated with an ice pack or cold compress. The results of a wrinkle filler treatment can last several months or even longer than a year.

Are there any risks?

Inform your physician of any allergies you have, since wrinkle fillers can result in severe allergic reaction if you are allergic to certain proteins used in the products. Wrinkle fillers are also not recommended for immunocompromised patients or for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Any skin injection treatment comes with a risk of infection. There is also the rare chance that a wrinkle filler will be accidentally injected into a blood vessel, causing problems such as blindness, stroke, or permanent scarring.