Time inevitably brings changes to the body. The skin loses firmness, volume and moisture with age, causing wrinkles and fine lines that become deeply etched. These changes are particularly conspicuous on the face and the backs of the hands. Dermal fillers are a safe, nonsurgical and minimally invasive option for temporary rejuvenation of these areas. Radiesse is a trusted dermal filler brand that combines the immediate visual improvement of other fillers with the benefit of long-lasting results and ongoing collagen production.

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Frequently Asked Questions


How does Radiesse work?

Radiesse is a made of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres that are suspended in a water-based gel. When injected, it provides immediate volume and wrinkle reduction in the treatment area. The formula continues to work over an extended period of time by stimulating the body to produce its own natural collagen. Ultimately, the gel is absorbed and the CaHA microspheres are metabolized by the body, leaving behind only your own natural collagen for ongoing anti-aging benefits.

What concerns can be treated with Radiesse?

Radiesse is formulated for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Radiesse can add lift to:

  • Smile lines
  • Marionette lines
  • Corners of the mouth
  • Pre-jowl folds
  • Chin wrinkles
  • Radiesse can also improve the appearance of aging hands by restoring lost volume and minimizing the visibility of veins and tendons.

How is Radiesse different from other fillers?

Dermal fillers differ in chemical composition, consistency and longevity. Many popular dermal fillers, including Juvéderm, are made from a modified form of hyaluronic acid. Radiesse is composed of calcium-based microspheres. Radiesse is typically thicker than a hyaluronic acid filler and can last significantly longer before dissolving. The formula may produce better results for patients with deeper wrinkles and folds.

Is Radiesse safe?

Radiesse has been rigorously tested in clinical settings and has a proven track record of safety. All elective cosmetic procedures carry some level of risk, but the risks associated with Radiesse are minimal. Radiesse doesn’t migrate once injected and the risk of allergic reaction to its formula is low. Over time, Radiesse degrades naturally and is safely metabolized by the body’s own processes. All risks and potential complications will be reviewed before your procedure.

What happens during Radiesse treatment?

Your Radiesse appointment begins with a consultation in which we will perform an analysis of the treatment area and discuss your cosmetic goals. This will determine how many injections are needed and where the injections are placed. A fine needle is used to minimize discomfort, and lidocaine is FDA-approved to be combined with Radiesse injections to help manage pain during the procedure. An appointment usually takes 15 to 60 minutes, depending on the extent of your treatment.

Is there downtime after treatment?

Minimal downtime, if any, is required after receiving Radiesse injections. Side effects are rare, but may include itching, swelling, bruising, pain, redness and tenderness at the injection site. These side effects are generally short-lived and mild in nature. Many patients feel comfortable stepping back into their daily routine directly after their appointment.

What results can I expect?

Results from Radiesse injections are visible right away. The treatment area will be visibly smoother and fuller as soon as the injections are administered. In addition to its instant volumizing effect, Radiesse works over time to stimulate your body’s collagen production process. This natural collagen will remain and continue to provide anti-aging benefits after your body metabolizes the filler.

How long will my results last?

The Radiesse formula is designed to deliver both immediate and long-lasting, but not permanent, results. The results may last up to a year or more in many patients. Follow-up treatments are necessary to maintain your youthful look.

Who is Radiesse for?

Many people who want to improve the signs of early aging are potential candidates for Radiesse. Radiesse can be an excellent option for men and women who want long-term anti-aging benefits but who are not prepared to commit to a surgical procedure. It is especially effective for filling in deep nasolabial folds and adding fullness to the cheeks. Patients should be in good health, demonstrate a clear understanding of the treatment process and have reasonable expectations. If you are curious about Radiesse or another dermal filler, call U Laser Medspa at 858-281-4560 to schedule a consultation.