Radiesse is a dermal filler used in the treatment of wrinkles and folds on the skin, usually on the face. Its main mechanism is stimulating the body’s natural collagen production and its results can be seen immediately and last for up to two years. It is, indeed, among the most popular dermal fillers today.
The Radiesse cost can range from $600 to$800 and up for every syringe used. The number of injections used will vary depending on the patient’s condition, goal and expectations. The dosage in each injection will also determine the final cost.
How Does It Work?
Radiesse consists of calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHA) gel microspheres that once injected works immediately. CaHA itself consists of phosphate and calcium ions that also naturally occur in the body.
When injected, the injectable gel initially restores volume loss caused by natural aging and environmental factors. Over time, it stimulates the body’s production of collagen and, thus, allows the skin to produce more of the natural filler. Collagen is the body’s connective tissue that provides structure and support for the skin, bones, and joints.
Furthermore, the oxygen, hydrogen and carbon molecules in the gel also aids in creating a strong structure mimicking the body’s natural connective tissue.
Radiesse is eventually absorbed by the body but leaves the collagen in its place. Reinjections may also be required to maintain the desired results, specifically a more youthful appearance. The treatment results can last for more than a year, even up to two years depending on the patient’s condition and reaction.
What Areas Can Be Treated?
The most common area for treatment is the skin around the nose and mouth, especially in the decrease of wrinkles, folds and creases in these areas (e.g., laugh lines). The injectable gel may also be used in filling in wrinkles on the hands and for filling in deep scars on the face.
The ideal candidates for Radiesse treatments are adult men and women, preferably between 35 and 60 years old, who have wrinkles and folds around their nose and mouth. In some cases, it can be indicated for people who have fat loss in their face due to HIV infection.
How Is It Done?
Your doctor will administer Radiesse as an outpatient procedure. First, your doctor will determine where the injection will be made. Second, your doctor will apply an antiseptic and local anesthetic (e.g., lidocaine) to the treatment area. Third, you will receive the injections.
You may feel a slight discomfort and/or pressure when the injections are made but that’s about the extent of the pain. You will only spend about 15 minutes in your doctor’s office for the entire procedure. You should be able to immediately go home after the injections and see the results on the treatment area.
Within a week after the injections, you should be able to see the results and be impressed.