Aging is not for the faint of heart. There are many aches and pains to worry about, but many people also find themselves concerned with the appearance of wrinkles around the face and hands. If this is you, you may be looking into ways to minimize the appearance of those wrinkles, or possibly fill them out somehow.
Of course, with so many different filler treatments available these days, it can be difficult to tell them apart. It can also be hard to know what each one does, how they differ, and their effects. In this article we will take a deep dive at Radiesse (formerly known as Radiance), looking at what exactly radiesse filler treatment is, what it does, and if it is worthy of the hype.
Radiesse Filler Treatment Overview
Radiesse, like many dermal fillers, is an injection that helps to “fill” any wrinkles from aging, loose skin, or scars around the face and hands. It is non-invasive and non-toxic and comes with minimal side effects and little to no downtime. Moreover, the effects last for nearly a year or more. Many patients are able to return to their normal work and home activities the same day without any discomfort.
Possible Side Effects & Risks
The possible (some extremely rare) side effects from Radiesse are:
- Loss of feeling
As long as the injection is administered correctly, any side effects will eventually resolve on their own within as soon as a few days or 2-3 weeks.
If you decide to go for a Radiesse filler treatment, make sure it is administered by a trained and licensed professional. If it is not, you risk the injection not being performed properly, which can lead to severe complications.
Pre-Existing Health Conditions
If you have any of the following conditions or issues, it is strongly recommended that you avoid getting Radiesse:
- History of allergic reactions
- Allergic to any of the ingredients in Radiesse
- Allergic to lidocaine (or anything similar)
- Bleeding disorder
- Active skin infections
- Stage 3 or 4 acne
- Pregnant or breastfeeding
If any of these conditions change, then it should be safe to pursue getting a Radiesse treatment.
How Does It Differ from Other Types of Fillers?
An important way that it differs from other fillers is that it does not use any toxins to “fill out” your wrinkles. Instead, it delivers tiny spheres of calcium hydroxylapatite, something that we naturally produce in our bones and teeth.
Injecting it under the skin helps to boost the skin’s collagen and elastin production, and that is essentially what fills the wrinkles and scars. In the end, it improves overall skin quality in the most natural way possible.
Radiesse is also best used for moderate to severe wrinkles, while other fillers are used to fill out the lips or very minor wrinkles.
What Are the Effects and Benefits?
The main effects of getting a Radiesse treatment is reducing the appearance of severe wrinkles, scars, and loose skin. If your skin has not done well with aging, or you have lost a lot of weight resulting in extra skin, Radiesse can help you a great deal.
The treatment is quick and relatively painless. You will be able to notice plumper, healthier looking skin almost immediately afterwards.
Radiesse is often used in the following areas:
- Smile lines (also called nasolabial folds)
- Marionette lines, which are vertical lines that start at the corners of the mouth and go downward
- Chin (for volume)
- Backs of hands
Radiesse is never used under the eyes or on areas where the skin is very thin, like the lips. If you are looking for something to fill out those areas, you will want either Restylane or Juvéderm.
How Long Do These Effects Last?
One great benefit of Radiesse is that the effects do last a long time, usually around a year or so. That said, every person is different and may react differently to the procedure. It is also possible that the severity of your wrinkles and scars may require you to get a follow-up treatment sooner.
Contact Elume Medspa Today
If you are suffering from severe wrinkles around your face and hands due to aging or weight loss, Radiesse may be right for you. It is non-invasive, non-toxic, and helps to naturally boost your body’s production of elastin and collagen to fill out those wrinkles.
For more information about Radiesse, or to set up your free consultation, please contact one of our licensed professionals at Elume Medspa today. They will be able to help you determine if Radiesse is right for you and how many treatments you will need to get the results you want.