Radiesse is a dermal filler designed to treat wrinkles and deep lines that consists of small particles contained inside of a gel-like substance. Extended use of Radiesse encourages collagen growth and can actually assist in the development of new tissue. It is generally considered a quick and relatively painless procedure.
Besides wrinkles and deep lines, Radiesse can be used to:
- Diminish fine lines
- Lessen signs of aging
- Treat vocal cord problems
- Treat facial lipoatrophy (the loss of subcutaneous fat from the arms, face and legs as well as its redistribution to the back and abdomen)
- Improve the appearance of scars and dimples
- Plump up the lips and chin.
Most Radiesse patients are between the ages of 35 and 60 and want to reduce wrinkles and other aspects of facial aging.
Radiesse is an outpatient procedure that takes about 15 minutes. The doctor applies a local anesthesia, as well as an antiseptic, and injects the solution into one or more selected areas. The effects are immediate and the results of Radiesse last one to two years.
Radiesse appears to have longer lasting effects than other leading fillers so patients require fewer injections and follow-up treatments. Radiesse is composed of entirely natural ingredients so there is no allergy test required before an injection.
Risks and Side Effects
Although it is a relatively safe procedure, some side effects involved with its use include:
- A nauseous feeling
The main risk is having the treatment and not seeing any improvements.
The average cost of an injection of Radiesse is $600-$800 per syringe. The average cost does not include any additional fees that are charged by the facility or the doctor. The total price also varies depending on the area of the country where the treatment is performed.