What is Radiesse®?
Radiesse® is a filler that has been around for over 10 years to add volume to areas of the face such as the cheeks.
But there is another property of Radiesse® that makes it exciting for use in aging. Radiesse® has been shown to stimulate collagen formation when modified and applied just under the skin.
Radiesse® is a calcium hydroxlapatite that is injected deep into the skin, and your body slowly replaces the filler product with your own tissues.
The Best Uses for Radiesse®
While Radiesse® is very suitable for filling areas that need a relatively firm, immobile product such as the chin or cheeks, it can also be diluted with saline to make a filler that can be spread under the skin to eliminate wrinkles by stimulating collagen.
When Radiesse is injected deep (right on top of the bone) it creates lift, in the case above to improve the chin and jawline contour. The Radiesse is slowly converted into soft tissue and lasts at least a couple of years.
Adding Biostimulation for Collagen Production
Because the Radiesse is converted into tissues, a newer development is to make the Radiesse softer and thread it directly under the skin to stimulate collagen production. This is called “biostimulation”. Wrinkled skin can be reinforced with Radiesse which, over about 2 months, turns into healthier newer, firmer skin.
Radiesse® & Treating Wrinkly Skin
Originally designed as a facial filler, Radiesse is now more commonly used to stimulate collagen production and treat saggy or wrinkly skin. Common areas for Radiesse include the face, neck, hands, arms, buttocks, and legs.
Radiesse® Treatments & Longevity
It is not well known how long the effects of Radiesse last after stimulating collagen. Since we continue to age, it is presumed that the results are visible for about 18-24 months.
Typically for biostimulation, 2 treatments are done about 2 months apart for best results.
How Radiesse® is Injected
Radiesse is injected with a small needle, or more frequently, with a cannula which is a device that is not sharp and allows better control when placing hyper diluted Radiesse under the skin to stimulate collagen production.