The closest thing we may ever get to finding the fountain of youth is probably getting a treatment with a facial filler.
A few quick jabs can dramatically improve the appearance of your face by filling in fine lines and wrinkles and adding volume where you need it the most.
After you have settled upon getting treated with a facial filler, you’ll have a few treatment options, and Radiesse is among the most popular.
What is Radiesse?
Radiesse is the brand name for a type of dermal filler that can be used to reduce signs of facial aging; although not as popular for this purpose, Radiesse can also be used for the hands.
How It Works
Radiesse injections work by triggering your body’s own natural production of collagen to fill in wrinkles and add some plumpness and bulk to your skin. It also helps treat wrinkles and folds around the nose and mouth, as well as different parts of the face that have lost subsurface fat.
What It Contains
The active ingredient found in Radiesse is something called calcium hydroxylapatite in the form of microspheres for enhanced product availability. The Radiesse injectable gel creates a structure that is much like natural connective tissue.
The gel has more viscosity than many other dermal fillers, making it perfect for treating areas like deep furrows, as well as replacing volume loss to augment areas like the jawline, chin and cheekbones.
You will be provided with the exact cost of your Radiesse treatment at your consultation with your provider. On average, Radiesse costs anywhere between $650 and $800 per syringe. The number of syringes that you require can vary, depending upon individual factors unique to you.
After you have met with your provider, and it has been determined that you would make a good candidate for Radiesse, you will have your skin prepped for the procedure. You may have a topical numbing agent applied to your skin in the treatment area. You’ll also have a topical antiseptic applied before receiving injections.
The amount of time that it takes to be treated with Radiesse will vary, depending upon how many injections are needed. A typical treatment session takes between five to 10 minutes to complete. You should experience little pain or discomfort after the initial injections and can return home right away without any downtime.
Radiesse Recovery and Results
Recovery time from Radiesse injections is very short. Typically, the only thing you’ll notice is some minor redness or swelling near the site of injections, which should fade rapidly within 24 hours. If any redness or discomfort should linger beyond that point, contact your provider.
It might be a good idea to avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight or excessive heat for the first 24 hours after your Radiesse treatment. You should also avoid rubbing or scrubbing the area of injections for the first couple of days, as the area may be somewhat sensitive.
Don’t be surprised if you start seeing improvements in your skin on the very same day as your procedure. However, you’ll need to wait a bit longer to experience the full results of your Radiesse treatment. You can expect your results to continue to improve with time, up to six months, as your body makes use of the injected gel.
You can expect your results to last anywhere from 18 to 24 months; so be sure that you schedule a follow-up treatment session around that time so that there is no gap in your results. Factors that go into how long your Radiesse treatment will last include the rate of reabsorption of its ingredients and the amount of tissue and collagen produced by your body that was triggered by the treatment.
Radiesse: The Takeaway
Radiesse treatment offers a proven way to create a more youthful appearance by reducing the appearance of facial lines, wrinkles and folds. It has a proven track record of success for increasing volume for lip and cheek augmentation. Complications and side effects are quite rare, and most patients are able to achieve gratifying, long-lasting results.