Radiesse® is a type of dermal filler that is used to fill deficient areas of the face and hands by adding volume to tissue that is deflated and thin. It is the only dermal filler that is FDA approved to be used in both the face and hands. Radiesse® is different than other dermal fillers in that it is made of Calcium Hydroxyapatite (CaHA) microspheres suspended in a gel. After being injected into the tissue, the Radiesse® stimulates the body to form its own collagen that theoretically is present long after the Radiesse® is absorbed. Radiesse® is a great option for contouring of the cheek bones and jawline. It can be used to improve the projection and height of the cheek bones and also increase the definition of the jawline. Another benefit of Radiesse® is that it is long lasting, results of treated areas can last as long as 1 to 2 years.
The indications for dermal fillers such as Radiesse®, are to reduce the signs of aging but also to contour the face and improve the structure, aesthetic balance, and symmetry of the face. As we get older, we show signs of aging because our skin and tissue thins and descends. As this happens, facial wrinkles, depressions, and asymmetries develop and become more noticeable. Dermal fillers have become increasingly common because they are non-invasive, not permanent, cost effective, and the recovery time is minimal.
Am I a Good Candidate for Radiesse®?
If you are unsatisfied with the structure of your cheeks or jawline or the fullness of your cheeks, then you may be a good candidate for Radiesse® filler. Ideal candidates should be physically healthy and non-smokers. Before making the decision to have dermal fillers, you should schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to make sure that this is the right procedure for your aesthetic goals. In some cases, another treatment option, such as fat grafting or another facial rejuvenation procedure, may be the best course for you.
What to Expect from Your Consultation
When you schedule a consultation with the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago, you will meet with a board-certified plastic surgeon who will review your medical history and perform a facial balance evaluation to ensure that you are a good candidate for dermal fillers. Your plastic surgeon will discuss your treatment options with you and recommend the type of filler that best suits your goals.
How is a Radiesse® Injection Performed?
Radiesse® injections are non-invasive plastic surgery procedures and therefore can be administered in the office by a plastic surgeon. There are several types of dermal fillers, which range from semi-permanent to permanent and vary in softness and material. Most dermal fillers are made from natural substances found elsewhere in the body, or otherwise synthetic materials that mimic and stimulate the production of collagen in the body.
To administer Radiesse®, your plastic surgeon will mark the appropriate injection sites on your face and apply an anesthetic for comfort. Your plastic surgeon will inject the filler deep along the bone of the cheeks or jawline. This builds, fills, and contours the midface or cheeks and the jawline. With Radiesse®, your plastic surgeon can fill deficient areas of the face that cannot be filled with other fillers. The injections take only moments and are relatively painless. The dermal filler is massaged into the injection site, and subsequent injections are made until results are achieved.
Recovery after Radiesse®
Recovery after a Radiesse® injection is almost immediate, as are the visible results. You may be given an ice pack to reduce swelling. The injection sites will likely feel tender for a couple of days after the injections, but are not typically painful enough to require medication.
With some dermal fillers, you may experience an “overfull” appearance in the treated areas, or hypersensitivity that may seem like an allergic reaction. These conditions usually resolve within a few hours. If symptoms persist, be sure to speak with your plastic surgeon.
Potential Risks Associated with Radiesse®
Complications from dermal fillers are very uncommon, but there are potential risks associated with any procedure. The risks involved may also vary according to the type of dermal filler used, so be sure to discuss this with your plastic surgeon during your consultation. The risks generally associated with dermal fillers may include:
- Swelling and bruising at the injection site
- Lumps beneath the skin
- Changes in skin sensation
Regardless of the complexity of the procedure, always ensure that your plastic surgeon is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and that the procedure is being performed in an accredited hospital, surgical facility, or medical practice.
How Much Do Radiesse® Injections Cost?
The cost of dermal fillers varies by several factors, so an average is difficult to ascertain. Your location, surgeon, type of dermal fillers, and number of injections required to achieve results will all affect the cost of the procedure. Dermal filler injections can range from $500 to $1000 per syringe depending on the product used and the site to be injected. Be sure to discuss costs with your plastic surgeon during your consultation.
SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION
If you would like to reduce wrinkles, add volume to your face, or improve the contour of your cheeks and jawline, schedule a consultation with the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago. You will speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon who will discuss your particular aesthetic goals and determine if Radiesse® dermal fillers are right for you.