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Posted By Admin - Blog Contributor on 11/30/2017 in Advanced Aesthetics

The Science Behind Radiesse

The Science Behind Radiesse

Dermal fillers are something you are probably familiar with and you may understand the basics regarding their use in cosmetic treatments. But did you know that not all dermal fillers are created equal? Dermal fillers have different active ingredients and each one is designed to perform a certain function. While they are all created to fight the signs of aging by smoothing skin, removing wrinkles, and even lessening the appearance of scars, some of them do better in certain areas or are more effective in treating certain conditions.

This article is going to discuss one particular dermal filler, namely, Radiesse.

Contrary to popular belief, wrinkles are not the biggest villain in the fight against aging; it’s what causes those wrinkles that is the real culprit. Loss of volume and skin elasticity cause wrinkles and that volume and elasticity loss are what you need to combat in order to regain a youthful appearance. Radiesse can help you do just that.

What is Radiesse? Radiesse is micro-sized balls of Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) suspended in a watery gel solution. These suspended spheres and the solution are injected into the affected area in order to plump it up and replace the volume of fat and tissue that has been lost under the skin. It is especially great for marionette lines (nasolabial folds) and the hands. It is, however, not recommended for the area surrounding the eyes or the lips. There are other fillers that would be more appropriate for those types of applications.

The incredible thing about Radiesse, and its partner, Radiesse+, is that its effects are immediately noticeable and once it is injected into the site, it actually works with the body to promote the production of natural collagen.

After some time, the CaHA is absorbed and processed by the body, leaving behind only the collagen your body was encouraged to produce.

Just a note, the product Radiesse+ is Radiesse with a bit of lidocaine so it provides a local anesthetic along with the filler at the time of injection. This is great for really sensitive treatment areas or patients who have higher sensitivity to pain.


Radiesse is a great investment because the treatments last for quite some time, up to a year for many patients. This means no running back for additional treatments every 3 months or so.

As with any cosmetic treatment, there are always possible side effects of treatment and recommendations for follow-up care.

Treatments applied to the back of the hand can result in the development of lumps under the skin which can last up to a year. There is no way to know ahead of time if a person will develop this particular issue.

In any treated area, there is a risk of swelling, bruising, redness, and itching. Some users report a loss of sensation in the area that was injected. You should stay out of the sun and avoid overheating yourself for at least 24 hours after the treatment. Sunscreen should be used immediately after and in the long-term to prevent additional or new damage to the skin.

It goes without saying that anyone who has allergies to the ingredients of this or any product should steer clear. Remember that Radiesse+ contains lidocaine, so if you are allergic to lidocaine or similar medications this should be removed from the list of viable options in your case.

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