What is it made of?
How does it work?
There is a two fold mechanism by which it works. First, the filling material itself is made up of a bone-type material which physically fills the space, plumping up the fold itself. After this initial effect, the material stimulates the surrounding connective tissue cells called fibroblasts. The fibroblasts respond by depositing new collagen, further plumping and tightening the area.
Where can it be used?
Radiesse can only be injected deep. It is an excellent filler for the folds that form on the sides of the mouth. These folds are called nasolabial folds and melolabial folds. The material can also be used deep along the bone of the jaw or cheeks. It can not be used in the lips as it will inevitably leave lumps.
How long does it last?
18 months or more.
How much does Radiesse cost?
$750 / syringe. Syringes are typically overfilled to about 1.6 cc. Don’t forget to ask Dr. Bitner about first-time patient discounts, specials and product combination discounts.
Made of a calcium crystalline material (Calcium Hydroxylapetite) Radiesse is a long-lasting dermal filler. It is be used deep in the tissues as a volume filler. It works very well in medium to deep folds around the mouth, chin (Nasolabial and Melolabial folds) and cheeks. Use in the lips should be avoided as it will cause lumps to form and stiffness in the lips.
Radiesse is relatively long lasting, with a filling effect lasting 18 months and in some cases even longer. It is injected underneath the skin. Numbing cream is first placed on the skin followed by injections near the major nerves to the lips and lower face. For most, it is a relatively pain-free experience. Most people will have some bruising near the injection site for 2-5 days following injection. Makeup can be used right away, if necessary.
Photos of Radiesse and other dermal fillers