Radiesse, like Hylaform and Restylane, is an injectable dermal filler. Radiesse can be used to increase the volume of facial regions, thus drawing the skin over a larger area and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. In addition, Radiesse sets the stage for the body to create its own, permanent, alterations to facial structure.
The procedure itself is rather brief, generally lasting one to two hours.
What is Radiesse?
Radiesse is a synthetic, injectable implant. It is composed of nearly microscopic spheres made of calcium hydroxylapatite, or CaHA, in a water-based gel. It is injectable through very small needles due to the nature of the gel and the size of the spheres. Over time, the CaHA breaks down and is eliminated by the body.
Like other dermal fillers, Radiesse is not a permanent treatment. Follow-up or maintenance procedures are required to maintain the anti wrinkle results.
What does Radiesse do?
Radiesse forms a matrix that allows and encourages the body to create the types of cells appropriate to the area in which the gel is injected. Radiesse can be used to fill in deficits or gaps in the bones of the face and jaw, providing the body with a matrix in which to build its own bone structures.
Alternately, Radiesse can be placed so as to encourage the bones of the face to augment a certain feature.
Over the course of 1-3 years, the body metabolizes the calcium spheres of Radiesse and eliminate them. But by this time, the body has constructed bone tissue in the areas where Radiesse was injected.
Is Radiesse an effective anti-wrinkle procedure?
Yes, within limits. Radiesse can help to rejuvenate or alter the structure of the face. Unlike the dermal fillers Hylaform and Restylane, Radiesse must be injected with care and forethought to the types of structural growth it will encourage.
Also unlike the other dermal fillers, Radiesse offers long-term benefits. Even after the implant itself breaks down, the body has formed its own new tissues to conform to the desires of the cosmetic surgeon.