Radiesse SARASOTA, FL
Radiesse is a synthetic dermal filler offered at American Dermatology Associates in Sarasota, FL, whose domain is the lower face. Utilizing calcium microspheres that encourage collagen production at the injections sites, Radiesse takes a different approach to addressing smile lines, issues at the corners of the mouth, chin wrinkles, and other signs of aging. It is also the only dermal filler approved by the FDA for replacing lost volume on the back of the hands. With its many uses, it is no wonder this dermal filler is one of the most popular fillers on the market today.
What is Radiesse?
Dermal fillers can be categorized as natural or synthetic. Natural fillers such as Restylane are hyaluronic acid-based and plump the skin by binding with water molecules. Radiesse is a synthetic filler that uses a two-pronged approach to plumping the skin and filling wrinkles. First, it uses calcium microspheres to add structure to the skin where collagen (the skin’s natural structural support) has dwindled. Second, it encourages the body to build new collagen in the area of the injection to continue supporting the skin for up to one year.
How does it work?
Radiesse consists of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres suspended in a water-based gel. It is injected through a tiny needle under the skin. Once injected, it provides immediate volume and correction as the microspheres help build support in areas where volume has decreased. Then, as the body absorbs the gel and metabolizes the CaHA microspheres, this reaction triggers the body to produce new collagen in the area. This increased collagen production makes for natural-looking results that last for one year or longer.
What facial areas can Radiesse treat?
Radiesse restores lost volume in the lower face. Specifically, it is excellent for smile lines (the lines that run from the nose down to the corners of the mouth), marionette lines (the lines running downward from the corners of the mouth), pre-jowl folds, drooping corners of the mouth, and chin wrinkles.
What can Radiesse do for my hands?
The backs of your hands can really show your age with lost volume and wrinkling. Much of this is due to sun damage since the backs of the hands are almost always exposed. But lost volume is also simply a product of decreasing collagen, just as it is on the face.
Radiesse is the only dermal filler approved by the FDA to restore volume to the backs of the hands. It fills out the shrunken look that comes with aging hands, leaving a smooth, natural-looking result. It can also minimize the visibility of veins and tendons, another byproduct of volume loss. By providing instant volume, plus encouraging the production of new collagen (as described above), Radiesse makes your hands look remarkably younger with results that last up to a year.
Would it be right for me?
Patients with signs of aging in the lower face are good candidates for Radiesse, particularly those with a prominent smile and marionette lines. Also, if you have lines around the mouth and chin, Radiesse is a good choice. Because Radiesse uses calcium-based microspheres and calcium occurs naturally in the human body, allergic reactions are very rare.
How long do the results take to show and how do they last?
Unlike neuromodulators like Botox, results are immediate with Radiesse as the gel and microspheres restore volume. Then, thanks to the renewed collagen production, results last up to one year or even longer in some patients.
What’s different about Radiesse from other fillers?
Radiesse is the only dermal filler that is composed of calcium-based microspheres that have been shown to stimulate the production of collagen. This is different than most natural fillers that only provide wrinkle support with the initial gel, but don’t encourage new collagen production.
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