Radiesse is a safe FDA approved dermal filler used to smooth and fill smile lines, facial wrinkles and folds around the nose and mouth or shape facial contours. Radiesse is popular especially for filling the nasolabial folds - the creases that extent from the corner to your nose to the corner of your mouth.
Radiesse works with your body, below the skin's surface. Tiny calcium-based microspheres form a 'scaffold' to support and stimulate the growth of your own collagen. Over time, the calcium based microspheres gradually break down and are safely and naturally absorbed by your body. Radiesse does more than just temporarily fill in facial folds and wrinkles - it rebuilds your skin's foundation and restores your youthful look, without the risks associated with a permanent implant.
Radiesse injections are customized for every patient, depending on his or her particular needs. Radiesse cannot stop the process of aging. It can however, temporarily diminish the look of wrinkles and soft tissue depressions. Radiesse injections may be performed as a singular procedure, in combination with other treatments such as BOTOX®, or as an adjunct to a surgical procedure. Soft tissue fillers, produce temporary swelling, redness, and needle marks, which resolve after a few days time. Continuing treatments may be necessary in order to maintain the effect of Radiesse over time. Radiesse once injected will be slowly absorbed by the body. The length of effect for Radiesse injections is variable, it has been reported to last 6 to 12 months.
What is a "liquid facelift" ?
This is a new buzz word for any of the non surgical facial rejuvenation procedures. The "liquid facelift" combines hyaluronic acid dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane) calcium- based fillers (Radiesse) and muscle neurotoxins (Botox, Xeomin) all administered at the same visit for correction of lines, wrinkles and folds. These procedures of course can be done separately but it adds convenience to have two or three done at the same time. These procedures are performed with minimal discomfort in less than a hour with little to no downtime. Sometimes a little bruising or swelling may be noticed. Any other side effects are rare.