FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Radiesse®?
Radiesse® is an injectable dermal filler that temporarily adds volume to help smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles and gives an immediate lifting and firming effect on the skin. Once injected, not only does it immediately add volume but over time, Radiesse® begins to stimulate the production of the body‘s natural collagen for results that may last up to a year or more in many patients.*
* Individual results are dependent on age, skin type, lifestyle, metabolism and, of course, the area treated.
Has Radiesse® been tested and certified?
Radiesse® offers you a safe and convenient way to regain the youthful contours of your face. Through years of clinical studies Radiesse® has been proven to be safe and effective and has demonstrated excellent tolerance. Radiesse® received the European approval as a medical device back in 2004. In 2006, Radiesse® was also specifically CE marked for plastic and reconstructive surgery. The CE certification is the European Union standard for product safety. Radiesse® was also approved by the FDA in 2006.
What is the treatment procedure?
Your practitioner will explain the different treatment options available and discuss the best one for you. With the use of a local anesthetic, Radiesse® is gently injected into the skin, usually in small amounts with a very fine needle. One treatment session typically takes approximately 30 minutes. The effect will be visible immediately after injection.
What if I am taking medication?
Please inform your practitioner before treatment if you are taking medication, even if it is not a prescription medicine. Taking anticoagulants and painkillers including aspirin and some vitamin supplements can lead to unwanted bruising. Your practitioner will advise you accordingly.
Are there any side effects?
After injection, you may experience redness, bruising, swelling or other local side effects. Most side effects of treatment resolve within a few days. Rarer side effect may include more persistent swelling, unevenness or firmness in the area injected, and as with any injection, there may be a risk of infection. Please discuss any concerns you have with your practitioner.
How long does the effect of Radiesse® last?
The unique formulation of Radiesse® forms new collagen by neocollagenesis, which results in increased volume that may last a year or more in many patients. Individual results are dependent on age, skin type, lifestyle, metabolism and, of course, the area treated.
Can Radiesse® be combined with other products?
For a holistic treatment of individual folds and selected areas of the face, it may be advisable to combine Radiesse® with other products. Radiesse® can be safely combined with some other dermal fillers, such as hyaluronic acid. You may want to have your lips contoured or mimic wrinkles treated as well to complement your regained youthful appearance.
Is there anyone who should not use Radiesse®?
Radiesse® should not be used in patients with severe allergies manifested by a history of anaphylaxis, a history or presence of multiple severe allergies or patients with known hypersensitivity to any of the components.
Can Radiesse® be felt under the skin?
You will probably feel the material for a short time after treatment. Over time, the material is completely integrated and cannot be felt anymore.
How can I learn more about Radiesse®?
To get more personalised information, it is best to schedule a consultation with your practitioner.