Radiesse is one of the newest cosmetic dermal fillers that is injected into the skin to add volume back into the skin. This injectable by our board-certified plastic surgeons at Austin Plastic Surgery Institute is used to correct parts of the body where unwanted wrinkles have developed or sagging has occurred. For example, facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds (the creases from the nostrils to the corners of the mouth that come with age) and grooves around the mouth area, can be effectively treated.
Radiesse consists of tiny calcium-based particles (injected with a very fine needle) that not only replace volume lost, but also stimulate new collagen growth for longer-lasting cosmetic results. The calcium-based microspheres form a scaffold around which the body produces new collagen to naturally restore the full, youthful beauty of the face. With no downtime, this injection is quick and will have you in and out of our Austin, TX office in no time.
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Radiesse can be injected during an office visit in just 30 minutes. Before the procedure, the injection areas will be marked and cleaned. A local anesthetic may be used for additional comfort, however the filler itself is mixed with an anesthetic called Lidocaine. Using a syringe, the surgeon will inject the Radiesse filler into the skin. Following the procedure, patients may feel numb or experience redness near the injection sites, which normally subsides in a short time. There is no downtime, and patients are able to return to work following their appointment.
What to Expect
Patients should notice a difference to their face almost immediately following a Radiesse injection. However, because the injection ingredient works to produce and stimulate collagen development, results will be longer lasting than some of the other fillers on the market. Patients should expect results that include added volume to the face which will smooth out wrinkle, and typically last up to one year. Patients can repeat this procedure when they feel their results are no longer visible.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Procedure Time
- 15 min
- Procedure Recovery Location
What About Other Fillers?
Patients who are considering an injectable filler as part of their cosmetic treatment have a diverse selection of fillers to choose from. Fillers such as Radiesse are considered temporary, even though the results may last up to a full year. Common filler procedures include collagen, calcium hydroxyapatite, hyaluronic acid, polylactic acid, and the heaviest of the fillers, PMMA. During your consultation, we will discuss the various fillers and evaluate your facial tone, laxity, and volume levels to help you decide which filler may be the best choice.
What Makes Radiesse Different?
Radiesse is the only dermal filler composed of calcium-based microspheres, which are comparable to hyaluronic acid injectable fillers due to the natural ability to stimulate collagen production. The results slightly vary from the two types of fillers, and generally patients are more pleased with results from Radiesse.
What About Side Effects?
Patients undergoing Radiesse may have mild redness, bruising, numbness and/or itching that occur following treatment. These are temporary side effects that usually disappear within a day or two.