RADIESSE® is an FDA-approved dermal filler that eliminates deep facial wrinkles, particularly the laugh lines, marionette lines, and chin folds. Providers at Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA, also use this injectable treatment to correct the appearance of a down-turned mouth, pre-jowl sulcus, and aging hands.
What Is It Made Of?
It is made of calcium-based microspheres that are similar to the minerals found in the body. To give smooth results, they are suspended in a water-based gel.
What Makes RADIESSE® Different From Other Dermal Fillers?
Its calcium-based microspheres give instantaneous volumizing effect. Furthermore, it promotes increased production of collagen, which is the main protein found in skin that gives it structure, strength, and youthful appearance.
Compared to most dermal fillers, RADIESSE® provides longer-lasting results (four months versus 1-2 years) because the collagen stays longer even though the body has already absorbed the calcium-based microspheres and gel.
What Makes It Especially Effective In Concealing Age-Induced Deep Lines?
RADIESSE® is more viscous (stiffer and thicker) than most dermal fillers, making it ideal for concealing laugh lines, chin wrinkles, and marionette lines, which are deep folds that circumscribe each corner of the chin. Lighter fillers, meanwhile, may not be enough to erase these deep facial wrinkles.
How Does It Eliminate The Appearance Of Pre-Jowl Sulcus?
Pre-jowl sulcus appears like a small bulge on each side of the chin. By injecting just a small amount into the dent, doctors can create a smoother jawline, which is the quintessential feature of a youthful face.
How It Corrects The Appearance of Down-Turned Or “Frowning” Mouth?
Due to soft tissue volume deflation, some people experience oral commissure in which the corners of their mouth are turned downward, giving them a perennially frowning appearance.
Restoring the volume in the corners of the mouth by injecting RADIESSE® can lift them up and correct the frowning lips.
How Can This Filler Rejuvenate The Hands?
Aside from the face, you also lose soft tissue volume in the back of your hand with advancing age. This area has a thicker skin, which makes RADIESSE® a good filler due to its cohesiveness to give the tissue more structure and shape.
How Long Does The Procedure/Injection Take?
Depending on the treatment surface, injections can take between 30 minutes and one hour.
Is The Injection Painful?
The vast majority of patients can tolerate the injections with no numbing medication. Most people have described their experience as similar to a slight pinching sensation with some pressure.
Nevertheless, you may ask your provider to give you a topical numbing agent or infuse your RADIESSE® with lidocaine (a numbing medication) for additional comfort. Ice is another option to ease discomfort.
Does It Require Recovery?
As with most dermal fillers, RADIESSE® does not entail an actual recovery. In fact, you can resume your normal activities the same day as your treatment. One thing to keep in mind is to avoid massaging the treated area for at least 4-6 hours to achieve optimal results.