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Radiesse is a dermal filler optimized for the areas of the face surrounding the nose and mouth, as well as the hands. It can award plumpness to areas that have lost volume underneath the skin, and give your face or hands a more youthful look. Radiesse ingredients are non-toxic and hypoallergenic.
What is Radiesse?
Radiesse is an injectable dermal filler most commonly used to plump wrinkled or folded areas of the skin on the face. It can also be used to add volume to the backs of the hands.
Collagen is the substance that naturally occurs in the body that provides plumpness beneath the skin. As we age, collagen production naturally decreases, and skin can become loose in places where volume and plumpness are lost, creating undesirable wrinkles and folds.
Radiesse contains calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHa) gel microspheres which stimulate the production of collagen. Initially, the gel, when injected into your problem areas, will provide the plumpness to smooth out wrinkles and folds. However, as time goes on, the CaHa will catalyze your body to produce more of your own collagen.
Eventually, the CaHa will be absorbed back into your body, leaving your own homegrown collagen in its place. For this reason, the results of Radiesse tend to last longer than other dermal fillers. For some, treatment results can last up to two years before they need repeat procedures.
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How Much Does Radiesse Cost?
Radiesse is priced by the syringe. The cost per syringe can range from $650 to $800. The number of syringes required depends on how many injections you need, which your doctor will determine based on which areas of the face require treatment.
The dosage required per syringe also factors into the cost of your Radiesse treatment, though this is difficult to determine in any general sense. Your doctor will be able to estimate the required dosage, and thus give you a more solid idea of your costs, after your first consultation.
There are other details that influence the total cost of your Radiesse treatment, such as your doctor’s geographical location and their level of experience. Because this is an elective cosmetic procedure, insurance is unlikely to cover it.
Radiesse treatments are preferred in a doctor’s office using local anesthesia. Any pain associated with the injection can be assuaged or limited by the inclusion of lidocaine.
Before Receiving Radiesse
You will likely need to meet with your doctor for a consultation prior to receiving Radiesse treatments. At this consultation, your doctor will be able to provide you with specifics regarding the number of injections you will need and the costs you will incur.
Before receiving Radiesse treatments, you will need to stop any blood-thinning medications such as warfarin or aspirin, and also stop drinking alcohol or smoking.
This is also the best time to ask your doctor any questions you may have and discuss your expectations.
Administering a Radiesse procedure usually takes 15 minutes or less. Immediately before injection, your doctor will mark out the injection sites and apply antiseptic.
Once antiseptic has been applied, you will receive the injections, usually in conjunction with a dose of lidocaine to help manage pain. You should be able to go home immediately afterward.
Possible Side Effects
Though Radiesse is non-toxic and hypoallergenic, there are still potential side effects associated with the injections. It is important to remember that not everyone will experience the same side effects, and that most side effects will subside within a few weeks of receiving treatment.
The most common possible side effects those who received Radiesse treatments have reported are:
You should avoid Radiesse treatments if you are allergic to any of its ingredients, or if you are allergic to lidocaine.
After Receiving Radiesse
Results from Radiesse treatment should become immediately apparent, and full results should manifest within a week.
Swelling is common and should go down again in no more than 36 hours. Bruising and discomfort are also common and can be mitigated with over-the-counter medications.
You should avoid strenuous exercise for 24-36 hours following injection. Avoiding direct sunlight for 24 hours after your procedure is also advisable.
The effects of Radiesse can last up to two years, with very little maintenance.
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