Radiesse is dermal filler made of synthetic calcium hydroxylapatite. The procedure begins with marking the injection sites and cleaning them with an antibacterial agent. The filler is injected carefully using ultra-fine needles and then the injection sites are massaged and the results are evaluated. The filler immediately adds volume to the treated areas and, as the gel is absorbed by the body, it leaves behind microspheres of CaHA. This acts as a scaffold to support the skin’s weakened structure and promote the growth of new collagen.

Ideal candidates have moderate to severe folds or wrinkles, nasolabial folds or deep nose to mouth lines, sunken cheeks due to loss of cheek volume or thin or unevenly shaped lips. Patients that smoke, have a history of extreme allergies or have an infection in or near the planned injection site are not good candidates. Patients that are pregnant, breastfeeding or have a history of herpes are also not suitable candidates for the procedure.

The typical cost for a Radiesse treatment ranges from $600-$1000 per syringe. The final cost depends on the dosage of Radiesse used, the number of injections necessary, the geographic location of the procedure and if other procedures are performed at the same time.

The procedure restores a smooth and youthful look. Swelling, bruising, tenderness, itching and redness can occur shortly after the procedure. They all dissipate within a few days. Patients should refrain from rubbing or massaging the injection areas for about 24 hours. The full results of the procedure are evident after a week and generally last for a period of 2-3 years.



submitted on   Thu Jul, 09, 2015 by Alexander Ovchinsky, MD     
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