RADIESSE is one of my favorite fillers that I use to rejuvenate the skin. Like most fillers, RADIESSE is injected through a small needle or blunt cannula into the soft tissues. Immediately, this filler works to add volume under the skin and over time, the benefits of RADIESSE continue by stimulating your body’s own natural collagen. This is one of the mongest lasting injectable treatment that I use.
Radiesse to Face:
I mainly use radiesse in the face. It is one of my favorite “deep” fillers, that I use as the deepest layer as I design a rejuvenating injection plan for my patients. using radiesse allows me to build the foundation, which is long lasting (about one and a half years) , upon which I lay the more superficial fillers (hyaluronic acid family such as restylane, versa, juvederm, etc).
Radiesse versus Voluma
This is probably the most appropriate debate, as these two fillers are both meant to be injected deep and last long. I have tried both fillers, and I prefer the results that I can obtain with Radiesse for my patients. In my experience, Voluma does not last longer than radiesse. But this is where the art of filling comes in, they are both great fillers, and your expert injector will prefer one to the other based on his style of injecting.
Radiesse versus Restylane, Radiesse versus Juvederm
Restylane and Juvederm (and now versa) are used in my practice as second layer/more superficial injections. I will use them WITH Radiesse, rather than instead of radiesse. I will build a deep foundation with Radiesse, and layer the hyaluronic acids over the radiesse.
Risks of Radiesse: very similar to other fillers.
Severe complications from dermal fillers are uncommon. Potential risks vary depending on the specific filler used and the relative permanence of the filler substance and include:
Bruising, bleeding from the injection site, swelling
Damage to the skin that results in a wound and possible scarring
Infection at the injection site
Lumps and Palpability of the filler under the surface of the skin
Skin rash with itching, acne like eruptions
Under- or over-correction of wrinkles
extremely rare events due to embolization of fillers such as Blindness or skin necrosis (ulceration or loss of skin from disruption of blood flow).
These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent. As always, having a well trained and expert injector such as Dr. Khalifeh will help mitigate the risks.
Radiesse to Hands:
I also use radiesse in hand rejuvenation. this is a less common procedure, but there is a very nice newsstory that I was featured in that shows how it is done:
from the manfacturer’s website:
RADIESSE is comprised of Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres suspended in an aqueous gel carrier.1
Once injected, it provides immediate volume and correction but continues to work by stimulating the body to produce its own natural collagen.1
Over time, the gel is absorbed and the body metabolizes the CaHA microspheres leaving behind only your own natural collagen.1