It’s natural for your skin to wrinkle or sag as you age. Your skin loses elasticity with every passing year, becoming more and more fragile. Oil production slows, drying out your skin and making wrinkles and fine lines appear more prominent. Wrinkles are also caused by extensive exposure to ultraviolet light, which breaks down your skin’s connective tissue, and smoking, which accelerates the aging process. 

three radiesse before and after pictures

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While some are ready to embrace this natural course, others wish to regain their youthful appearance. One way to combat the emergence of wrinkles? Radiesse Volumizing Filler. This dermal filler utilizes calcium hydroxylapatite, which is found naturally in human bones. Because it’s biosynthetically produced, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, it lowers the risk of an allergic reaction. 

Radiesse describes its two major products—Radiesse and Radiesse(+)—as “dermal fillers that are used for smoothing moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds (the creases that extend from the corner of your nose to the corner of your mouth). Radiesse is also used for correcting volume loss in the back of the hands.”

Radiesse is the first FDA-approved dermal filler for your face and hands. On the face, Radiesse provides long-lasting lift and smoothness of smile lines, marionette lines, pre-jowl folds, corners of the mouth, and chin wrinkles. On the hands, Radiesse can restore lost volume, minimize the visibility of veins and tendons, and provide an overall smooth, natural-looking result. Radiesse is also a collagen stimulator, meaning the product encourages the body to produce this major component of skin, bones, hair muscles, tendons, and ligaments. 

Here’s how it works:
  1. Radiesse—calcium hydroxylapatite suspended in an aqueous gel carrier—is injected into the skin.
  2. Radiesse provides volume, smoothing any fine lines or wrinkles. It also stimulates collagen production.
  3. Over time, the gel is absorbed and your body metabolizes the hydroxylapatite suspended, leaving natural collagen behind. 

Radiesse, similar to other dermal fillers, causes minimal side effects. The most common include bruising, redness, swelling, tenderness or itching for a short period of time after injection. For 24 hours after treatment, it’s important patients avoid significant movement, massaging of the area, applying makeup, and sun or heat exposure. Patients who have severe allergies or hypersensitivity to any of the filler’s components, are pregnant, or breastfeeding, should not use Radiesse. 

This dermal filler, as all others, is a temporary treatment option. However, it provides longer-lasting results compared to hyaluronic acid and botulinum toxins. Radiesse usually lasts anywhere from six months to one year. 

To learn more about Radiesse or find out if it’s right for you, schedule a consultation with Long Island’s Dr. Anthony Buglino today!

Topics: Injectables