During the ageing process, collagen, naturally produced by the body, breaks down. This process diminishes facial volume and elasticity, causing the appearance of wrinkles and facial lines and sagging skin. The skin thus loses its youthful and fresh appearance.
Radiesse is a sterilized injectable implant used as a filling agent to restore lost volume and fill wrinkles.
Radiesse’s ingredients include an anesthetizing agent (lidocaine), a cellulose base, moisturizers and microspheres of synthetic calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHA). They are biocompatible and bioabsorbable (metabolized by the body).
CaHA is a natural ingredient used for more than twenty years in orthopedics, neurosurgery, dental surgery and ophthalmology. It has interesting properties because the body naturally synthesizes it.
What are the effects of Radiesse injections
Radiesse belongs to the collagen stimulator class of dermal fillers. Therefore, its corrections and effects come mainly from the individual’s natural collagen production rather than from a water retention mechanism, as in the case of hyaluronic acid fillers (which can be compared to a sponge).
Radiesse is injected under the skin to improve its appearance (wrinkles, facial folds) or, more deeply, to replenish lost volume and modify facial contours. Radiesse is also prescribed to rejuvenate hands.
Are Radiesse implants permanent?
No. The body absorbs the gel for several months. CaHA particles gradually disintegrate as they are metabolized over time.
What can be treated with this implant?
This volumizing injectable implant is ideal for correcting skin depressions and a loss of volume or contour defects. These can include:
- Nasolabial folds
- Depression of the labial corners
- Cheek and chin augmentation
- Acne scars
- Increase in the chin hollow
- Jaw contour
However, it is not indicated for fine lines, fine skin, lips or the eyebrow area.
How long does it last?
Results may vary from one individual to another, depending on their age, skin type, lifestyle, and muscle activity. Dr. Bernier will provide you with further information during your consultation.
What are its advantages?
Radiesse has several advantages that make it very popular. It does not require a skin sensitivity test, thanks to its biocompatibility. It can, therefore, be used the same day as your consultation with Dr. Bernier in Sherbrooke, Montreal or Val-d’Or. It is also a Health Canada-approved product.
Radiesse remains flexible and malleable and blends into the surrounding tissues. It stimulates natural and in-body collagen production. It is a biostimulator.
Frequently asked questions about Radiesse filler injections
Does it have any side effects?
Few side effects have been reported. However, reactions commonly associated with the injection may appear. These may include redness, swelling, pain, itching, temporary discoloration or tenderness at the injection area. The use of thin cannulas dramatically reduces the risk of bruising.
It should not be injected into the skin because it can give a granular effect, hence the importance of consulting an experienced doctor.
Are there any contraindications?
It is not recommended to inject Radiesse into an area treated with any other type of dermal fillers. It is, therefore, preferable to wait until the said implant has been completely absorbed. It is also not indicated for the lips.
Medications that could cause bleeding or inhibit the healing process should also be avoided.
Radiesse should not be used on an inflamed or infected area.
Any allergy or sensitivity to one of the ingredients is also considered a contraindication.
Will Radiesse be visible on x-rays?
Radiesse may appear on the dentist’s x-rays because it is a radiopaque product. However, it should not interfere with x-ray readings, as its density is lower than that of bone. There is no significant risk that Radiesse will mask abnormal tissues.
Are the injections painful?
The injections are almost painless, as they involve fine needles or cannulas (small, hollow, sharp-edged rods). Radiesse also contains lidocaine that acts as effective pain relief during the treatment.
Nevertheless, the patient’s sensitivity may vary. A topical or local anesthetic could accompany the injection.
How many treatments are required?
Usually, only one session is required. Occasionally a follow-up session ensures an optimal result.
For certain areas where it is preferable to use a diluted version (neck or hands), a second session is required.
What to expect after the treatment?
Some patients will be able to return to work immediately after a Radiesse injection, while others will wait 24 hours. Approximately 24 hours after treatment, the swelling or redness is reduced.
Some special precautions apply to the hands.
Are you interested in Radiesse injections?
Please note that this product may not be suitable for everyone. Feel free to contact us for more information or make an appointment with Dr. Bernier in Montreal, Sherbrooke or Val-d’Or.
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