What is Radiesse®?
Radiesse® (calcium hydroxylapatite) is a deep dermal filler used to correct deep facial folds and wrinkles. Radiesse® is a calcium-based filler, and has similar composition to mineralized bone. It is a longer-term filler that lasts approximately 9-12 months. In addition to its immediate filling effects, Radiesse® also stimulates collagen production in the areas of injection.
Areas of Correction Using Radiesse®
Radiesse® is appropriate for many areas of soft tissue augmentation. It provides structural support, recreating areas of bony loss. For example, Radiesse® can be used to highlight cheek bones, create a strong, defined jawline, or improve volume loss in the nasolabial folds and marionette lines. Chin line wrinkles, the prejowl area, and the corners of the mouth all respond well to treatment with Radiesse®.
Painless Injection Techniques using Radiesse®
Radiesse® was FDA-approved for use in 2006. It is also FDA-approved for combination with the local anesthetic lidocaine, decreasing discomfort during injection. Dr. Hughes often combines topical anesthesia with lidocaine admixed into the filler itself to improve patient comfort.