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Common Radiesse Questions

How is it different from other dermal fillers?

It is made with calcium-based microspheres to increase collagen production. A study published in Dermatologic Surgery in 2008 showed that the calcium hydroxylapatite filler in Radiesse stimulates natural collagen production, and continues to do so long after treatment. Surveys indicate that Radiesse patients prefer it over Restylane and Perlane for treating wrinkles.

It breaks down over time, but unlike some other dermal fillers, it continues working after it has absorbed into your body. It's completely safe and biocompatible, so there's no need for allergy testing prior to treatment.

What happens during a treatment?

The treatment takes place in our office and requires no preparation time. Most patients are treated and ready to go within an hour. Our practitioner injects Radiesse (pre-mixed with Lidocaine for comfort) under your skin. Since Radiesse is mixed with Lidocaine, you'll experience fewer side effects.

Is it affordable?

Ask us about the cost of treatment during your consultation. The final cost depends on the severity of your wrinkles and facial folds and how much dermal filler will be needed to treat it.

What parts of the face can be treated with Radiesse?

FDA-approved Radiesse is indicated for moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles. It treats the following facial areas:
- Marionette lines, which run from the corner of your mouth down your chin. These lines get their name from the moveable jaw lines on a marionette puppet.
- Smile lines, or nasolabial folds, start at the corners of the nose and go down to the corners of your mouth.
- Mouth corners, also called the oral commisure, can have an angry or frowning appearance if there are grooves that run from your bottom lip and turn downward on the side of your chin.
- Chin wrinkles are horizontal grooves between the lower lip and chin. They give the chin a sagging, pouting appearance and detract from your smile.
- Pre-jowl folds are the areas to either side of your chin, which thin and sag due to aging and loss of elasticity.

How soon will I see results after the injection?

You'll notice smoother skin and a reduction in wrinkles right after treatment. Full results appear in a week.

How long will the results last?

On average most patients can experience results that last a year to a year and a half.

Are there any side effects to injections?

The filler is a safe and virtually pain-free treatment. You may experience mild side effects, such as tenderness, bruising, itching, redness or swelling. These side effects usually last a short time. Discuss any concerns you have with us.

Is there anything I should let you know before treatment?

Tell us if you take blood thinners or medication that interferes with blood clotting such as aspirin or warfarin. These medications may cause you to experience bleeding or bruising at the injection site.

Can I resume normal activity immediately after the treatment?

There's no downtime after a treatment, but you will need to avoid applying make-up and minimize sun and heat exposure for the first day after the injection. You'll also need to refrain from facial movement or massage in the treated area for 24 hours.