Have you heard the old adage that you should examine someone's hands if you want to know how old they are? Between all the injectables, faces are smoother and younger-looking than ever. But hands have historically been left behind. Then came Radiesse, a filler that was FDA-approved to treat wrinkles and volume loss in the hands in 2015.
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Radiesse (pronounced ray-dee-ess) is a filler designed to plump the skin. It is used to plump up and smooth facial wrinkles, as well as to add volume to aging hands to smooth wrinkles and hide prominent veins and tendons.
You may also see a version called Radiesse Plus or Radiesse (+). This is just Radiesse with lidocaine included to minimize discomfort.
As you age, your natural collagen breaks down, resulting in wrinkles, deep folds, and loose skin. Radiesse filler replaces your lost collagen with calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres suspended in a gel carrier.
When injected, these biocompatible microspheres act as a scaffold and provide structure and lift to the face while smoothing wrinkles. The microspheres also stimulate the body to produce its own natural collagen, which helps the results last.
Results can last a year or more. Eventually, the body will break down the CaHA microspheres, so results aren't permanent.
Radiesse is the only filler with the calcium-based microspheres. Many other big-name fillers contain hyaluronic acid, including Juvéderm, Restylane, and Belotero Balance (manufactured by the same company as Radiesse).
Most adults are eligible for Radiesse, however:
It's also important to inform future doctors if you have gotten Radiesse as the microspheres can be seen in X-rays and CT scans.
Redness, swelling and pain, itching, bumps, and bruising
One of the more serious risks is unintentional injection into a blood vessel. Though it is rare, the complications can be serious and may be permanent. These complications, which have been reported for facial injections, can include vision abnormalities, blindness, stroke, temporary scabs, or permanent scarring.
Read all of the safety considerations for Radiesse here.
The information contained in this article is from Radiesse's website.