What is RADIESSE®?
RADIESSE® (or Radiance) is a next-generation cosmetic filler used in the treatment of deep lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth – including smile lines, marionette lines, and nasolabial folds. Similar to the makeup of ArteFill®, RADIESSE® cosmetic filler has small microspheres (particles) suspended in a gel-like solution. There is no need for an allergy test prior to RADIESSE® filler injections since the microspheres are comprised of calcium hydroxylapatite, a substance naturally found in the body.
For the first three months after RADIESSE® treatment, it acts as a cosmetic filler, plumping up the skin and diminishing age lines. Then, RADIESSE® microspheres stimulate natural collagen growth, actually causing new tissue development for extended results (up to two years). In addition, RADIESSE® is useful in the treatment of facial lipoatrophy (a stigmatizing effect of HIV), vocal cord deficiencies, oral and maxillofacial defects, as well as scars and chin dimples.
Candidates for RADIESSE® Treatment
Candidates for RADIESSE® cosmetic filler treatment include patients showing obvious signs of facial aging. RADIESSE® candidates commonly seek treatment for prominent smile lines, marionette lines, and other facial wrinkles. RADIESSE® can also be used as an alternative to implant surgery, providing augmentation to a patient’s nose, cheeks, or chin. Patients suffering vocal cord insufficiency or oral and maxillofacial defects (such as periodontal and cystic defects) can also benefit from RADIESSE® treatment. Because RADIESSE® cosmetic filler is made of a natural substance that occurs in the body, no allergy testing is needed.
General RADIESSE® Treatment Requirements
Candidates for RADIESSE® cosmetic treatment are generally between the ages of 35 and 60 and experiencing mild to moderate facial aging. Patients experiencing extreme signs of aging may be better suited for a face lift or other surgical options. Other candidates for RADIESSE® treatment include patients suffering vocal cord insufficiency or oral and maxillofacial defects. RADIESSE® is also an effective treatment for facial lipoatrophy (facial wasting) in patients with HIV. No allergy testing is required before RADIESSE® treatment.
What areas can be treated with RADIESSE®?
RADIESSE® cosmetic filler is a versatile treatment that can address many facial aesthetic and corrective needs. RADIESSE® fills and volumizes to restore a natural, youthful look. RADIESSE® is an effective treatment for:
- Nasolabial Folds
- Marionette Lines
- Smile Lines
- Frown Lines
- Lip Augmentation
- Bridge or Nasal Augmentation
- Cheek Enhancement
- Chin Reshaping
- Jaw Line Contouring
- Vocal Cord Correction
- Nasal Obstruction
- Facial Lipoatrophy
Is RADIESSE® right for me?
RADIESSE® is a useful treatment for anyone with deep wrinkles around the mouth or cheeks. It can also be used for people with scarring or skin depressions, as well as for those who want to enhance the size and shape of their lips. If you would like to know more about RADIESSE® treatment for any of the uses listed above, DocShop can help you locate a skilled facial plastic surgeon or cosmetic dermatologist who can answer your questions.
RADIESSE® Compared to Restylane® and Other Fillers
RADIESSE®, compared to Restylane® and other cosmetic fillers, has longer-lasting results. The effects of RADIESSE® injections tend to last one to two years. Restylane® treatments usually need to be re-administered after about six months. Collagen injections usually only last about three months but may last up to six months. In addition, RADIESSE® treatments offer the following advantages over Restylane® or collagen injections:
RADIESSE® results last, on average, more than one year. RADIESSE® stimulates new natural collagen production. RADIESSE® treatments require less frequent injections and touchups. RADIESSE® treatments, however, are generally more expensive than other dermal fillers. Learn more about RADIESSE® cost and financing options.
Medical and Health Considerations
Through years of clinical studies and independent research, RADIESSE® has been proven to be safe and effective. There is no need for an allergy test prior to RADIESSE® filler injections since the microspheres are comprised of calcium hydroxylapatite, a substance naturally found in the body.