Do you feel facial wrinkles and fine lines are starting to reveal your age? Perhaps the wrinkles on the back of your hands are becoming more pronounced. As we age, our skin diminishes its collagen production, making the skin lose its elasticity and firmness. Don’t let wrinkles define you. Radiesse can increase the skin’s collagen growth, treating moderate to severe wrinkles and folds and restoring a smoother, younger look.

What is Radiesse?

Radiesse® is a dermal filler made from unique, calcium-based microspheres suspended in a natural gel. The procedure is minimally-invasive and FDA-approved to correct smile lines (also known as nasolabial folds), fill wrinkles around your nose and mouth, and restore volume to the back of the hands, temples, cheeks, chin, and jowls. Radiesse is a more aggressive approach than Juvederm and is available only by prescription.

What Can I Expect with Radiesse?

First, schedule a complimentary consultation with your healthcare provider to discuss your medical history, goals, and expectations. Before the treatment, your provider will clean the target area and perhaps mark it with a pen. He or she then performs a series of injections using a syringe. There may be mild discomfort but no pain since the injections contain lidocaine. The number of injections depends on your specific treatment plan. A typical appointment takes about 20 minutes. You might appear swollen and red immediately following the procedure. We recommend at least a week of downtime to give your skin time to heal and return to normal. Don’t schedule any events immediately following your treatment. Results last up to 9-12 months. Best results are seen with additional sessions.

Pre-Treatment Instructions

Avoid blood-thinners like aspirin, warfarin, fish oil, Vitamin E, and alcohol. Radiesse is not recommended for patients with extreme allergic reactions (especially to lidocaine), a bleeding disorder, those who typically form raised scars, or pregnant or breastfeeding women. The microspheres in the injectable gel can be seen in X-rays and CT scans, so be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you have Radiesse injections.

What Happens After Radiesse? Aftercare Instructions

Once the injections are complete, little follow-up care is necessary. You may ice the injection site to reduce any swelling. Avoid strenuous activity and sun exposure for the first 24 hours following the treatment.

Are There Any Side Effects to Radiesse?

There is a risk of infection with any injection to the skin. Some redness and swelling is normal but should resolve in 24 hours. Some patients experience bruising, bleeding, pain, itching, and loss of sensation. Bumps/nodules may appear and last for up to a year, but typically happens only if the provider is inexperienced. If treating the back of the hands, there is a risk of temporary limited ability.

Disclaimer: Remember, each patient is different. Results will vary patient.