Radiesse is a sterile, non-allergenic, semi-permanent injectable implant, containing synthetic calcium hydroxylapatite as an active ingredient. Radiesse fillers are used for moderate to severe lines and wrinkles. The filler range was approved by the FDA to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and folds and fill skin depressions. In 2015, it also gained an FDA approval for reducing the appearance of vein and tendons in the back of the hand caused by volume loss. Radiesse fillers aim to encourage the body’s natural collagen production, which ultimately provides more natural results for patients. As well, this allows for longer lasting results, even after the filler has been absorbed.
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Radiesse fillers were tested and approved for patients over the age of 21. Patients looking to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and add volume to the face or backs of the hands are ideal candidates. These fillers can provide temporary benefits for those who need volume restoration or cheek augmentation, as well as fold and wrinkle correction.
Different formulations of Radiesse are available in the market to address each patient’s specific needs. Recommend this treatment to patients who are looking for an effective dermal filler with longer duration. Radiesse products are clinically proven to last for a year or more, with high patient satisfaction.
Face – indicated for long-lasting correction of moderate to severe wrinkles in the nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and oral commissures.
Hands – Radiesse may be used to correct age-related volume loss. By restoring volume, it minimizes the visibility of veins and tendons in the hands.
Young, healthy skin contains collagen that provides volume, firmness, and strength. As people age, the body produces less collagen each year, making the skin thinner, fragile and prone to wrinkles, and other photoaging damage.
Radiesse contains biodegradable calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) suspended in a gel carrier of carboxymethylcellulose. After injection, the treatment works to provide an immediate volumizing and lifting effect. Aside from that, Radiesse continues to work by stimulating collagen formation. The gel will dissipate overtime, leaving the newly formed collagen behind. The collagen that surrounds the microspheres provides a soft, natural look that may last for a year or more.
The Radiesse filler procedure can be performed during a short office visit. Some Radiesse fillers have the added benefit of lidocaine to minimize discomfort from needle injection. The site must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to injection. The gel filler is then injected into the deep dermis. You may need to smooth the area to ensure proper distribution of the filler. Patients usually see the full results within a week. Be sure to refer to the product leaflet for use instructions and other information prior to treatment.
Most temporary dermal fillers in the market last at most 3 to 9 months. With Radiesse injections, patients reported a duration of 12 months or more. Individual results are dependent on the patient’s metabolism, skin type, lifestyle, medications, and the area treated.
CaHA is a biocompatible material with the same chemical composition as bone and with over 20 years use in medicine. As with all procedures that require an injection through the skin, potential risks and complications may occur. Unintentional injection into the blood vessel is one of the most common risks is performing this treatment. This could result into serious and permanent conditions, such as vision abnormalities, blindness, scarring of the skin, and stroke.
Cautions and contraindications:
Your patients can immediately resume normal activities right after receiving Radiesse injection. But, advise them to avoid strenuous activities, prolonged sun exposure, new skin care products, and alcohol consumption. There may be minimal side effects at the site of injection, such as swelling, tenderness, bruising, redness, and itching.
When injected in the hands, additional adverse effects may include lumps and nodules, loss of sensation, and difficulty in performing activities. These usually subside within 24 to 36 hours. In rare cases, lumps and nodules at the back of the hand may last up to 1 year. Advise your patients to report unmanageable pain, progressive and abnormal symptoms that persist after a week.
The cost of Radiesse depends on the areas involved and the appropriate dosage required in achieving the desired result. The average cost ranges from $600 to $800 per syringe.