Radiesse Fillers Q & A
Aging can wreak havoc on our skin, taking away volume and firmness and leaving behind all different kinds of lines and marks that seem to appear overnight, move in, and take up residence on your skin without your permission! Here at Southwest Michigan Dermatology, our board-certified dermatologists would be more than happy to provide these safe and highly effective fillers to you! Call us for more information.
What problem areas are treated by Radiesse?
Radiesse is an effective and versatile solution for a broad range of issues in the facial area! The specific areas and problems that Radiesse has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to address include folds and wrinkles around the mouth and nose, also called parentheses lines, smiles lines, marionette lines, or laugh lines, as well as lost volume in the cheeks, chin, and even the back of your hand. In addition to the above uses, Radiesse has also received FDA-approval to treat lipoatrophy, or facial fat loss, for individuals that suffer from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
How does Radiesse work?
The operative ingredient in Radiesse is calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHA), which comes in microsphere gel form. CaHA is composed of phosphate and calcium ions. These ions, which naturally occur in your body, provide initial volume to the treatment area while also stimulating collagen production in the long run. Collagen is a protein found in your body responsible for providing structural integrity in your skin, muscle, bones, and any other bodily tissue. However, as we age, collagen production naturally decreases, which inevitably depreciates our skin’s volume and firmness.
Cue Radiesse injections. The extra collagen production from Radiesse injections enables your body to maintain and replicate the volume produced with the initial filler and effectively turn back the clock on the effects of aging on your skin!
What can you expect during and after treatment?
If you are medically cleared for Radiesse treatment, which can be determined by a single initial consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists at Southwest Michigan Dermatology, treatment will occur in a private room and begin with an analysis of the treatment area. With this analysis, your dermatologist can decide on dosage and which areas will benefit most from treatment. The dermatologist or an assistant may mark the treatment area with a felt pen or marker before administering the Radiesse injection. They will also apply antiseptic to each injection site. If you wish, the Radiesse injections can be safely combined with lidocaine (FDA approved) to minimize any discomfort. That said, the discomfort will be minimal should you prefer to go without the added local anesthetic. In total, the procedure should not take much longer than 15 minutes.
Once the injections are completed, there is no downtime required, so you should be able to return to your daily routine without any complications! Radiesse works quickly, so you should notice an immediate improvement that peaks after a week and can last for up to two years. In the unlikely chance that you have any complications following treatment, feel free to contact us at Southwest Michigan Dermatology, and we can do our best to address the issue!
If you think your skin could benefit from Radiesse treatment, we welcome you to come to Southwest Michigan Dermatology! Appointments can be scheduled through our website or by calling us anytime between the hours of 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM from Monday to Friday. You can find Southwest Michigan Dermatology at 3000 Old Centre Road in Portage, Michigan.