If you’re into the latest in cosmetic beauty products and treatments, you know there are many options for dermal fillers out there, with formulas patented for your lips, cheeks, wrinkles, and even hands. Often lumped together with the more household names of Juvederm and Restylane, Radiesse is actually a unique formula that can have even more benefits in people who are well-qualified for treatment.
Radiesse, like other facial fillers, is an injectable gel-like formula that is nontoxic and can incorporate naturally with the tissues of your skin and body. It is used to fill wrinkles and lines throughout the face, including nasolabial folds and laugh lines, but it is also FDA-approved for filling in the back of the hands when they begin to look emaciated due to volume loss. Aging affects the whole body, which is why Radiesse can be helpful for people with signs of aging in both the face and hands.
It can be used similarly to Juvederm and Restylane fillers, but contains a different active ingredient. Instead of hyaluronic acid, which other dermal fillers use, Radiesse uses calcium hydroxylapatite, which still physically fills the area of treatment with additional volume but has the added benefit of organically stimulating collagen in the injected area while the active ingredient is working.
Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) contains carbon and phosphate, atoms that signal the skin to produce more collagen while providing a molecular scaffold for the production of additional connective tissue. This provides skin tightening benefits in the long term in addition to the volume or wrinkle-filling benefits produced immediately after injection.
Another benefit of CaHA over hyaluronic acid is the longer-lasting nature of it as an active ingredient. Because the body naturally produces hyaluronic acid, it also naturally breaks it down in a cyclical process. This means that even when its injected directly into areas of the face, it won’t last longer than the body is used to having these molecules stick around. Radiesse, on the other hand, can last up to two years in some people, and certainly over a year in most cases, unlike HA fillers.
As mentioned, Radiesse can be used throughout the face and hands to treat specific volume loss, skin texture, or wrinkle concerns. Some areas that people commonly prefer to have Radiesse injected include:
- Around the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds)
- Laugh or smile lines next to the mouth
- Areas of lost volume (cheeks and hands)
When it comes to results and expected side effects from Radiesse, it’s once again similar to other dermal filler treatments. The most common side effects that subside within a few days of the procedure include swelling, itching, discomfort, and bruising in the treatment area. You’ll notice results pretty much right away, with the natural look of your Radiesse injection improving as it “settles” over the course of a few days. Enhanced appearances last at least a year in most patients, at which point you are free to come back to Envee Aesthetics for another injection.
As a premiere injectable provider in West Bloomfield, MI, Envee Aesthetics is here to help you see the facial contour you want with our full offering of injectable formulas, including Radiesse. Start your aesthetic transformation by calling our offices or contacting us online today. After talking with our aesthetic specialists, we’ll create your ideal treatment plan with non-surgical solutions for your cosmetic needs to help you look and feel like your best self.