Aging causes our facial tissues to lose elasticity and lose volume. When this occurs, our skin begins to sag and the youthful contours under our eyes, along our cheeks, and toward our jawlines start to fade. If you have noticed these changes and are searching for a way to restore volume, you might want to consider Radiesse dermal filler treatments. Radiesse can replace lost facial volume to raise and plump the skin without surgery. It can also remove dark hollows under the eyes, create more prominent cheekbones, fill in deep facial creases, and better define the jawline. At Doctors Plastic Surgery, we are pleased to offer Radiesse to patients in the New York City and Chicago areas who are looking for a non-invasive way to achieve a younger look. With Radiesse, you can take years off your face and become a more confident version of yourself.
How Does Radiesse Work?
Radiesse works in two different ways to create younger-looking skin. First, this dermal filler immediately restores volume to the facial tissues. Over time, the gel of this filler absorbs into the surrounding tissue and leaves microspheres behind. These microspheres act as a scaffolding to the connective tissue beneath the skin. They promote natural collagen growth and allow for long-lasting rejuvenation.
Radiesse vs. Juvederm
Radiesse and Juvederm are two popular dermal fillers that can both be used to treat wrinkles and help patients achieve excellent anti-aging results. However, there are differences between these treatments. While Juvederm is formulated with hyaluronic acid, Radiesse is made of calcium hydroxylapatite. Hydroxylapatite is a firmer substance that takes far longer for the body to absorb. Our surgeon can help patients determine whether Radiesse or Juvederm is the best treatment for them.
Benefits of Radiesse
There are numerous benefits to Radiesse. Perhaps the greatest benefit is that in addition to its long-lasting results, the procedure is non-invasive and convenient. Treatments can be performed in less than 15 minutes on a patient’s lunch break. It also allows for immediate results and lasts longer than many other popular fillers. Lastly, it requires minimal to no downtime and stimulates the body’s natural production of collagen.
Good Candidates for Radiesse
Radiesse is recommended for men and women who are between 35 and 60 and wish to look younger by smoothing out wrinkles and restoring lost volume. Those who are bothered by their marionette lines, nasolabial folds, smile lines, and frown lines are often good candidates for Radiesse. Radiesse may also be a viable treatment for patients who would like to enhance and define their cheeks, chin, jawline, and nose.
What to Expect During a Radiesse Consultation
Patients who are interested in Radiesse should schedule a private consultation at our offices in Chicago or New York. During each consultation, one of our surgeons meets with the patient and evaluates his or her face while getting to know their particular aesthetic concerns. If the surgeon determines that the patient is a good candidate for the treatment, they will go over the Radiesse treatment and recovery process. In the event that Radiesse is not a good option or there is a better treatment available to help the patient meet their goals, our surgeon will make another treatment recommendation.
Preparing from Radiesse
Prior to Radiesse, patients should discontinue anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin a week or two before treatment as they lead to extended bleeding or increase the risk of blood clots. Birth control pills should also be avoided for about ten days to two weeks before the procedure.
How Radiesse Treatments are Performed
At Doctors Plastic Surgery, our highly trained and experienced surgeons will carefully inject Radiesse into selected areas of a patient’s face that have lost volume and create a more youthful contour. Depending on the sensitivity or depth of the site the surgeon targets, a topical anesthetic may be used. Although patients may experience a slight sting upon injection, there is minimal discomfort afterward.
As soon as the Radiesse is injected into the skin, the active ingredients attract water particles and encourage a small amount of connective tissue to form around them. This allows the wrinkles and folds to look smoother.
After the injection process is complete, our surgeons may gently massage the treated area to make sure that the Radiesse is distributed evenly beneath the skin. Most Radiesse injections take less than 15 minutes to perform and lead to immediate results.
Patients will notice that their Radiesse lasts a long period of time because the microspheres in the formula will continue to stimulate the skin to produce new collagen. This leads to a healthier, more refreshed appearance for months.
Recovering From Radiesse
Right after a Radiesse session, patients may experience some redness, bruising, or swelling in the treatment area. Fortunately, these side effects tend to be mild and fade away very quickly. An ice pack on the treatment area may be used to minimize swelling.
Most patients return to work and resume their everyday activities right after receiving Radiesse injections. Our surgeon will recommend that patients avoid makeup and extensive exposure to the heat or sun for about 24 hours after treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Radiesse
Is Radiesse safe?
Yes. Radiesse has been approved by the FDA and tested in various clinical studies to prove its safety. It has been shown to stimulate patients’ own natural collagen and naturally work with the body to restore lost facial volume.
How does Radiesse differ from other fillers?
Radiesse is unique because it’s the only filler on the market that uses calcium-based microsphere technology to stimulate the new production of collagen.
How long does Radiesse last?
Every patient is different. However, most patients notice enhanced facial volume immediately after treatment. Over time, Radiesse will absorb into the skin but leave the new collagen produced by the body. Its effects can last up to a year or more.
Is Radiesse an option for men?
Men who would like to look younger but do not want to undergo a surgical procedure can benefit from Radiesse. It can offer them subtle and natural results with minimal to no downtime.
Does Radiesse hurt?
The majority of patients who opt for Radiesse injections experience very minimal discomfort. We offer anesthetic and special cooling devices for patients who are concerned about pain.
What are the side effects and risks of Radiesse?
Although Radiesse is a non-invasive treatment, it may involve minor side effects. The most common side effects are redness, swelling, or bruising. Fortunately, these typically only last for a short time period. If you experience any abnormal side effects, contact our office right away.
Is skin testing required for Radiesse?
One of the greatest benefits of Radiesse is the fact that skin testing is not required. Radiesse is biocompatible, meaning it will not produce an allergic or toxic response. Unlike other treatments, it is gentle enough to work effectively on virtually all skin types.
How many Radiesse treatments are required?
During your consultation, our surgeon will inform you how many Radiesse treatment sessions you may need. While you should notice significant changes in your face after one treatment, touch up treatments may be necessary for optimal results.
What do Radiesse injections feel like?
Imagine going to the doctor for a shot. This is typically what Radiesse feels like. However, since there are multiple injections that are usually involved in a Radiesse treatment session and since the face is sensitive, our surgeon may use a topical numbing cream to ensure you are comfortable. You may use an ice pack or over-the-counter pain medication such as Tylenol or Advil for a short period of time after the treatment to eliminate any discomfort.
Is Radiesse only for the face?
Recently, Radiesse was approved to correct volume loss in the dorsum, which is the back of the hands. In a recent clinical study, 98% of patients treated with Radiesse for hand aging noticed an improvement.
Radiesse is the first and only FDA-approved filler for hand augmentation and rejuvenation. If you’d like to diminish signs of aging in your hands, our surgeon can help you determine whether or not Radiesse is a good option.
Why Choose Doctors Plastic Surgery for Radiesse?
Doctors Plastic Surgery is committed to providing men and women in New York and Chicago with the treatments they need to look younger and feel more comfortable in their own skin. Our experts have administered a large number of Radiesse injections and always take the time to design customized treatment plans so that each and every patient can achieve their desired results. You can depend on our team to answer any questions you may have and make recommendations that suit your needs.
Schedule a Private Radiesse Consultation at Doctor’s Plastic Surgery
If you’re intrigued by Radiesse and would like to know if you’re a good candidate, schedule a private consultation at our state-of-the-art offices in New York (718.395.5220) or Chicago (312.313.2833). Don’t hesitate to call us or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to meeting you!