What is Radiesse and how does it work?
Radiesse was launched in the UK market in 2004 and is made up of tiny beads of†calcium hydroxylapatite. Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHa) has been safely used in the body for many reasons including dental applications where bone build-up is needed for reconstruction and also in block form for cosmetic applications such as cheek, jaw, cranial and chin implants.
Radiesse is not a permanent filler. It is a long lasting, resorbable filler – with the effect claimed to last approximately 2 years depending on the client and the area treated.
Once injected into your skin, the smooth and spherical CaHA particles form a scaffold which stimulates your own cells to produce collagen around the spheres. The gel carrier dissolves within a few months and over time, the CaHA particles gradually break down and are completely metabolised by the body, leaving only the new collagen structure.
What happens during the treatment and how long will it take to recover?
Your first discussion with our specialist practitioner should clearly set out your expectations of the treatment and the practitioner should tell you whether or not these results are achievable using Radiesse. Your medical history will be taken, to ensure that there are no reasons why you shouldn’t have the treatment.
The treatment is straight forward and our nurse practitioner or doctor will use a very fine needle to place small quantities of Radiesse beneath the surface of the skin in your hands. Each treatment takes about ten to twenty minutes and is generally not painful as local anaesthetic is used during treatment.
Most people find that they can return to work the following day after this procedure.
How Safe is Radiesse treatment?
There are few reported side effects from clinical trials and actual usage of this product however, some common injection-related reactions may occur, such as swelling, pain, itching, discolouration and tenderness at the injection site.
Some lumpiness at the injection site can rarely occur.
Who is Not Suitable for Treatment with Radiesse?
Studies have not been performed on women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Although Radiesse is not thought to be dangerous, treatment is best avoided during this time.
What Results Can I Expect with Radiesse?
A few staged treatments (spaced 6 to 8 weeks apart) slowly adding volume, and performing daily massage over the injected areas is the best way to ensure a smooth-looking result. This should last between 18 months and 2 years before retreatment will be required.