It’s a dermal filler composed of Calcium Hydroxyapatite (CaHa) microspheres suspended in a gel carrier medium.
After Radiesse is injected in the skin, there is an immediate improvement in the appearance of the skin and fine lines as the volume is added from the gel carrier. Overtime, the gel gets absorbed and the CaHa microspheres are broken down as they stimulate natural collagen production.
Unfortunately, Radiesse micropsheres are irreversible and are eliminated naturally by the body over time. Because of Calcium composition, the microspheres are visible on Xray or CT scan imaging, so please be sure to give your health care provided a heads up if you will be undergoing this type of imaging in the 12 month period after your treatment.*
There is virtually no discomfort with this treatment as it comes premixed with Lidocaine (pain medication) to minimize any discomfort during the injection.
You may want to ask yourself if you want a reversible or irreversible treatment first. May first timers, who are getting dermal filler injections prefer a reversible filler first, in case they don’t like how they will look after. All of the potential treatment options will be discussed in detail at the time of your consultation with Dr. Avaliani.
Swelling, bruising, redness, tenderness are the most common potential side effects. Infection and injecting into a blood vessel are the also potential side effects, but their risk is extremely small. All details are discussed at the time of your consultation and consent.
*Results and duration of effect may vary, no guarantee of specific results can be given.