In December 2006, the Food and Drug Administration approved Radiesse for the treatment of deep facial folds and wrinkles as well as for augmenting and restoring areas of the face affected by fat loss. Radiesse, like other dermal fillers, is injected just beneath the surface of the skin to add volume to sunken areas and to enhance overall facial appearance. Significant results are typically visible after only one treatment, but additional treatments are usually necessary for maintenance.
Is Radiesse the right option for me?
Radiesse is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that can safely and effectively enhance the features of the face. Radiesse is a soft tissue injectable implant that was employed in several medical applications for decades before its cosmetic benefits were discovered.
The compound delivered to the skin through Radiesse is similar to the mineral component found naturally in our bones and teeth. This makes Radiesse highly compatible with the body. No allergy test is required prior to the treatment as there is no risk of allergic reaction.
Radiesse is an excellent option for those who wish to avoid the complications associated with other dermal fillers such as bovine and solid implant materials. There are a variety of unparalleled benefits associated with the technique. Radiesse produces immediate results with little downtime or risk of complications. The results are also long lasting, making this procedure very cost effective. Radiesse stays soft and pliable for years, without the risk of the implant problems associated with other procedures.
How is the procedure performed?
Radiesse procedure is performed by an experienced cosmetic surgeon in a hospital, surgery center, or doctor's office. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis and does not require a general anesthesia. During Radiesse treatment, the patient will be prepared for the procedure and given a local anesthetic. The surgeon will then administer a series of small injections to the treatment area. A very small gauged needle can be used during the procedure, minimizing the risks of treatment site complications.
After a Radiesse procedure, the patient is up and around almost immediately. Some swelling, discomfort, and slight bruising may occur following a Radiesse treatment. While the results are immediate, it may take a series of treatments for a patient to achieve their aesthetic goals. Touch up treatments can also be easily administered, allowing a patient to sustain the desirable results.
Am I risking any side effects?
Doctors have yet to conclude if there are any severe Radiesse side effects; however, as with all cosmetic treatments, the procedure does carry some risks, although typically minimal.
After Radiesse injections, a patient may experience:
- mild swelling
- mild bruising
- small spots
On the other hand the benefits of Radiesse often outweigh any minimal side effects. Benefits include improved facial appearance and lasting results. In most instances, the results of injections can be expected to last for up to nine months.
How expensive is a Radiesse treatment?
Radiesse costs vary according to the number of areas being treated and the surgeon performing the procedure, but prices typically range from $650 to $800 per syringe.
While Radiesse for cosmetic enhancement is not covered by most insurance plans, most surgeons have options that allow a patient the means to feasibly finance the treatment. If you are considering Radiesse but feel the costs are out of your range at this time, a board certified plastic surgeon can help you understand your different financing options.