(formerly Radiance) is a biocompatible, non-toxic,
non-allergenic filler that reduces the appearance of
wrinkles and skin folds around the mouth and nose,
and fills certain scars.
Popular for its long-lasting
results, Radiesse benefits should be evident for two
years or more.
Is Radiesse Right
Radiesse candidates are typically
between 35 and 60. Radiesse usually provides up to
80 percent improvement immediately after treatment.
Since Radiesse is temporary, treatments must be
repeated over the years to maintain the benefit.
Alternative treatments or surgical procedures may be
more appropriate in years to come, as your condition
changes. Discuss expectations with your doctor
The Radiesse procedure is
performed in the doctor's office. It is most often
performed with local anesthesia. Patients may
experience minimal discomfort from the needle
injection. Depending upon the extent of treatment,
the procedure can take up to 15 minutes. Patients
return home within minutes after the procedure.
The procedure involves injecting a
compound of calcium hydroxyl apatite microspheres
that are suspended in a carboxymethylcellulose gel.
Calcium and phosphate ions, naturally occurring in
our bodies, primarily make up the calcium hydroxyl
apatite particles. The gel contains an organic
compound of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, as well as
glycerin and sterile water. Thin connective tissue
forms around the microspheres so that the
microspheres act as a filler that remains
permanently implanted at the site location.
- Step One: The doctor may select one
or more injection points for each location to be
treated. Antiseptic is also applied.
- Step Two: The doctor will identify
the correct amount of Radiesse for the
- Step Three: The Radiesse filler is
then injected beneath the skin, under the dermis
and subcutis layer.
Results are fully evident
within one week. Radiesse can last two years or
more, but touchups may be necessary throughout this