Radiesse ® is made of calcium microspheres suspended in an aqueous gel. It works below the skin’s surface, to stimulate your body’s own production of collagen. Radiesse ® provides both immediate and extended results in this way. As the product dissipates, it stimulates collagen production and encourages tissue growth in and around the treated area. Radiesse ® is biocompatible and is naturally absorbed by your body over time. Because Radiesse ® is made from the same minerals found in our bones, it carries little risk of allergic reaction. Radiesse ® is used to correct wrinkles and folds around the nose and mouth, including nasolabial folds and marionette lines.
In addition to treatment of wrinkles, Dr. Kim uses Radiesse ® to contour and shape facial features, i.e. to augment the apples of your cheeks and cheek bones, as well as fill in the areas on the sides of the chin (pre-jowl sulcus). Radiesse ® can shape cheeks, chin and jaw lines similar to what facial implants will do, but it has the added benefit of being completely customizable. Radiesse ® is also very effective in adding volume to thin, aged hands in order to camouflage prominent veins and overly visible tendons.
Results are visible immediately after the injection and can last for months to over a year.
There are few reported side effects associated with injection of filler materials. These may include swelling, bruising, pain, itching, and tenderness at the injection site. These conditions typically resolve on their own within a few days. Discomfort with injectable fillers can be lessened by mixing with local anesthetic, a routine practice in our office.