Radiesse is a filler with a proven track record of over 10 million treatments since 2006. This US FDA approved treatment can:
- Volumise facial areas and deep wrinkles.
- Help in hand rejuvenation.
- Help with deep acne scars and skin rejuvenation.
The mechanism of Radiesse involves a two-step process. Initially, it promptly restores volume to the treated area. Subsequently, over the course of the next 1 – 3 months, the Calcium Hydroxyapatite (CaHa) microspheres serve as a scaffold for skin cells to adhere to, stimulating the production of new collagen. This results in firmer, lifted, and more radiant skin with reduced wrinkles. It’s noteworthy that results from Radiesse are known to last approximately 18-24 months, which often leads to treatment recommendations every 2 years. It’s advisable to consult with a doctor to explore whether Radiesse aligns with your specific skincare needs and objectives.
- How long does a treatment take? Is there any downtime?
In the hands of an experienced doctor, the treatment typically spans approximately 20-30 minutes, the duration varying based on the specific areas addressed. Following the procedure, you may encounter some swelling in the treated regions, which can persist for several days. It’s important to note that there is no mandated downtime, allowing you to resume your regular activities promptly. However, it is advisable to refrain from facial massages for a recommended period of 1-2 weeks, allowing the product to settle into the skin effectively.
- Is the treatment painful?
This treatment is only mildly uncomfortable from the injection. A topical local anaesthetic will be applied prior to treatment. In addition, Radiesse PLUS contains 0.3% of lidocaine, a local anaesthetic.
- Who should not go for this treatment?
This treatment is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or those with open wounds on the skin.
- How is this treatment different from fillers such as Juvederm/Restylane?
Most fillers on the market are made from hyaluronic acid- they act by volumizing the treated areas. The results typically last for 9-12 months and annual treatments are recommended.
For patients who are receiving fillers for the first time- it is better to start with a hyaluronic acid filler, which can be reversed. For those who have received fillers before and liked the result, and are seeking a longer lasting (and more value for money!) treatment, then Radiesse would be ideal.
- How is Radiesse different from Sculptra or Ellanse?
These three injectable fillers share several characteristics, offering long-lasting effects that typically endure for more than a year. They are valued for their capacity to restore volume and stimulate collagen production. While these fillers share similarities, there are subtle distinctions in their composition.
Radiesse incorporates Calcium Hydroxyapatite (CaHa) within a CarboxyMethylCellulose (CMC) gel, Ellanse employs Polycaprolactone (PCL) in a CMC gel, and Sculptra utilizes Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLLA). One unique aspect of Radiesse is its FDA approval for hand rejuvenation. Moreover, it can be hyperdiluted for applications in skin rejuvenation.