As we have mentioned previously, dermal fillers have garnered much praise within the aesthetic
enhancement community, with patients, both men and women looking to enhance their appearance without the need to deal with a host of different risks, side effects, or a long, drawn-out recovery period.

What is Radiesse?
Like other dermal fillers like Bellafill, Radiesse is made of tiny calcium-based microspheres suspended in a water-based gel. The calcium microspheres are similar to minerals found naturally in the body, so allergy testing is not required. Over time, the body absorbs the microspheres and gel, leaving behind only natural collagen.

How Does Radiesse Work?
Radiesse is especially productive in the rejuvenation of the skin around the hands. Despite being designed for the face, after some time patients began to see the amazing effects Radiesse had on the thin skin along with the hands. As the years go by, our hands tend to lose volume and restorative collagen at a rate even faster than that of the facial skin. As a result, Radiesse’s specialized formulation has an extremely beneficial effect on the hand’s collagen stores. Helping to replenish what is lost as well as creating more over time! Once injected, Radiesse plumps the skin to give the appearance of a smoother surface. Over time, Radiesse works to stimulate the body to produce collagen naturally. After some time, the body absorbs
the product and leaves behind the natural collagen for long-lasting results.

How is Radiesse Different from Other Injectable Dermal Fillers?
Radiesse is the only dermal filler available composed of calcium-based microspheres and has beenshown to stimulate the natural production of collagen, for results that may last up to a year or more in many patients. Additionally, in clinical studies with leading hyaluronic acid injectable dermal fillers, results showed that Radiesse patients were more satisfied with their results than patients treated with other leading wrinkle fillers. In addition, 30% less Radiesse may be needed for correction when compared to Perlane® injectable gel.

How is treatment with Radiesse Performed? Is it painful?
Radiesse is injected under the skin in a quick procedure that can be done over the lunch hour. Radiesseis also FDA-approved to mix with lidocaine (an anesthetic), which means the procedure will be much more comfortable. In fact, in a clinical study, 90% of patients treated reported significant pain reduction when injected with Radiesse mixed with lidocaine. One of the most common uses of Radiesse is for hand rejuvenation as its ability to stimulate the body’s natural ability to produce collagen makes the thin skin around your hands and fingers more supple and smooth. Making up for lost volume along with the hands, one of the most heavily affected areas due to age!

What are the Results of Radiesse, and How Long Will They Last?
Immediately upon injection, Radiesse restores volume to smooth out the signs of aging. The natural-looking results may last up to a year or more in many patients. However, at this point, to keep such youthful results the treatment must be repeated (like most dermal fillers)

Any Side Effects of Downtime?
The most common adverse events include bruising, redness, swelling, pain, tenderness, and itching. These side effects generally last for a short time and are mild in nature. These are not all of the possible side effects of Radiesse. For more information on Radiesse, be sure to contact Dr. Sandra Kopp and Nova Dermatology today.

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