If you have looked in the mirror recently and felt weighed down by gravity’s literally weighing down of your skin and facial features, you’re neither alone nor without ways to combat this natural aging process. Many, if not most, adults notice a change in their appearance as they get older. Skin sags, chubby cheeks fade, bouts of weight fluctuation leave excess skin that lacks the elastin and collagen to send it back to its natural state. After focusing on internal well-being and self-worth, many adults turn to facial fillers to help enhance natural collagen production and restore their preferred physical appearance. One of the most popular filler options is Radiesse; it is a more natural alternative to the market of dermal fillers and provides smooth, long-lasting results. Today, we’ll dive in to learn all about this filler option that so many people love and use. Follow along to find out if it’s right for you. 

What Is Radiesse?

Radiesse is a type of dermal filler that is used to add volume and lost definition to certain parts of the body – most often, in the face and backs of hands. As an injectable filler, Radiesse is a common treatment option to reduce the intensity of wrinkles, lines and sunken facial features. 

What Is Radiesse Used For?

Radiesse is most commonly used to restore volume to the face and backs of hands, as these are two of the most common areas in which adults lose fat and cushion. Dermal fillers smooth lines, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and give the desired areas a buoyant look.

  • Reduce the appearance of wrinkles – while the filler does not eliminate wrinkles, it will reduce the depth of their appearance.
  • Fill in lines – not all lines are caused by wrinkles or age; many are the result of losing weight and body mass in the face or hands. Radiesse refills these areas.
  • Stimulate natural collagen – encourage the body to start producing more of its own collagen supply
  • Fill out the volume in the backs of hands – restore the plumpness of hands and reduce wrinkled or saggy skin.

Dermal fillers are widely used cosmetic injectables that help restore the body’s youthful buoyancy. At first, the Radiesse filler provides the plump aesthetic that the recipient is looking to achieve – typically around the mouth, the nose or tops of hands. Then, the natural chemical composition slowly works with the body’s natural collagen creation system to encourage increased collagen production. After the filler works its natural magic, the natural collagen supply will replace the initial filling and provide a young, plump appearance for a long time, sometimes up to a couple of years. 

Radiesse can be a big investment depending on which areas you concentrate on enhancing, and the current condition of these facial or body parts. Before opting in for Radiesse fillers, it is most important to ask yourself why you want the treatment. Check out our list of pre-treatment questions to check off before committing. This will help you get a holistic sense of your intentions and needs and a realistic grasp on expectations! 

Pre-Radiesse Question Checklist:

  • Am I happy with how I look in the mirror?
  • My hands are so wrinkly on top! It could be because I lost weight. Does this bother me? If so, why? 
  • Which areas of my face are lacking my natural, youthful look?
  • What do I miss about my young and plump skin? Is it aesthetic? Or, is it the related memories?
  • How will my life be enhanced after a Radiesse treatment? 
  • Where does my physical appearance fall in my health and wellness priorities?

Great job! Answering these questions assures that you are healthy, confident and ready to pursue this aesthetic enhancement. 

Pre-Radiesse Question Checklist

Of What, Exactly, Is Radiesse Made?

Radiesse is a gel made up of microspheres of calcium hydroxyapatite, or CaHA. The CaHA is composed of tiny gel microspheres which are loaded with ions of calcium and phosphate. While the gel provides the initial, immediate fill, it is the CaHA that seeps deeper into the body and triggers your collagen production. Once collagen production is active and ongoing, the body makes its own filler to replace the gel. The collagen stimulator, or CaHA, is safely and naturally absorbed by the body, leaving beautiful and long-lasting fillers in its wake.

Benefits of Radiesse

The benefits of Radiesse are many, as it is one of the most common selections for dermal fillers. Radiesse is one of the most natural ways to restore your youthful aesthetic and to stimulate your naturally occurring and ongoing production of collagen. Those who select Radiesse as their dermal treatment experience long-lasting results, boosted confidence, improved acceptance of their appearance and ongoing enhancement of personal wellness. 

  • Naturally boost collagen production
  • Restore volume lost from fat loss
  • Fill outback of hands
  • Enhance self-confidence

Is Radiesse Safe?

Radiesse is a safe and common procedure. The gel is non-toxic and hypoallergenic, making it appealing to most clients. 

Some of the common side effects include:

  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Bruising
  • Infection
  • Swelling

While the treatment is safe, there are rare and unlikely possible outcomes, including:

  • Permanent side effects caused by injecting Radisees into a blood vessel. These effects are severe and can include the following:
    • Stroke
    • Scarring
    • Blindness
  • Nodules caused surgical removal, particularly on the backs of hands
  • Infection at the site of injection 

How Long Does Radiesse Last?

Because Radiesse initiates the body’s natural production of collagen, results last for a long time. Most clients enjoy firmer, more filled skin for a year or two years. So, while the treatment can be pricey upfront (depending on desires), the investment goes a long way. 

What Is Radiesse Best Used For?

Radiesse is a dermal filler that returns volume to the body, fills lines and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. 

  • Added volume
  • Fill-in wrinkles
  • Remedy weight loss effects
  • Reduce the appearance of wrinkles

What Is Radiesse Best Used For

How Much Does Radiesse Cost?

The cost for Radiesse usually starts around $500 and goes up depending on current needs and desired outcomes. The total cost is different for everyone and will add up to different sums over time as treatments are repeated. 

Candidates for Radiesse

Are you a candidate for Radiesse? Let’s take a look at who safely benefits most from the filler treatment. 

  • Ages 35-60
  • Lost weight at an older age
  • Interested in preventative anti-aging

Non-Candidates for Radiesse

Not everyone is a candidate for Radiesse, and it is essential to head your provider’s guidance. Here is a list of disqualifying factors for Radiesse candidates:

  • On blood-thinning medications
  • Have pre-existing medical conditions that disqualify you as a candidate

Common Radiesse FAQs

Questions about the treatment are common. We reach out for answers to any questions or concerns coming to mind as you consider or go through your Radiesse treatment. Here is a quick peek at the most common questions we get from clients, take a look:

  • What should I expect at my Radiesse treatment?

Your Radiesse treatment will be brief – likely between 10 and 20 minutes. You can expect to receive full-service in your practitioner’s office and get back to your daily immediately after.

  • What should I expect after my Radiesse treatment?

After your treatment, you can resume life as normal. Your provider will recommend a short period of time to minimize exposure to the sun and weight-bearing or high cardio activities. You’ll get back to your daily life quickly, no doubt!

As far as results are concerned, you’ll see a noticeable change right away, with full effects coming into shape within a week. Try photographing daily so you can look back and see the change that progressed.

  • Are there any precautions I need to take before the treatment?

Before getting Radiesse, thoroughly research the treatment, testimonials, and alternatives. Have an in-depth conversation with your provider or physician to rule out any possible personal contraindications. Be sure to follow the guidelines for eliminating certain medications, including blood thinners, before treatment.

Have You Had Radiesse?

Have you had a Radiesse treatment? Have you thought about getting a dermal filling? Let us know about your experience, your thoughts, your concerns, and your insights. We’re in a community together, here, to support one another’s journeys of beauty and growth. 

Are You Ready for Radiesse? Let Us Help You!

With Dr. Semone Rochlin, every service is premier, sophisticated and safe. Dr. Rochlin’s extensive medical background provides unparalleled guidance through the entire Radiesse process – from analyzing features you want to improve, discussing options, assessing your medical information and history and going forward with your treatment of choice. 

If you have any questions about Radiesse or want to get started with a dermal filler consultation, reach out to our experienced team at Dr. Semone Rochlin. We look forward to helping you achieve your desired aesthetic.