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No pain, yes gain for many who are keen to have their nasolabial folds softened and cheekbones enhanced with Radiesse. Radiesse® (+) from Merz Aesthetics with integral 0.3% Lidocaine (“Radiesse® Plus“) finally received FDA approval in the US, although most injectors have been adding lidocaine to keep the injections more comfortable all along.
Radiesse® (+) provides the immediate lift of wrinkles and folds, stimulation of natural collagen production, and lasting results. What is unique about this popular dermal filler is that it belongs to that rare class of aesthetic products that are considered ’tissue stimulators.’ Why is that important? Because not only does Radiesse fill folds and augment cheeks and chins, but it also works to stimulate your own body to create more collagen. As we know, collagen is lost as the years go by and the body needs help to make more of it. Radiesse boosts collagen production, which also adds to the longer lasting effects of this filler.
It is composed of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres suspended in a water-based gel carrier, and as the gel degrades, the tiny particles stick around. According to Rebecca Kazin, a dermatologist in Washington DC, “After a Radiesse + injection, the gel is absorbed by the body. As it absorbs the gel, the body fills in around the microspheres with collagen, which works to prolong results for as long as these microspheres remain intact. Radiesse is particularly effective for nasolabial folds, deep hollows and for facial shaping.” A little also goes a long way, which makes it more cost effective than some other fillers on the market.
Because of the density of Radiesse, it is also used for non-surgical rhinoplasty, chin and jawline enhancement and to add volume to sagging cheekbones. According to Albany, NY facial plastic surgeon Edwin Williams, and president-elect of AAFPRS, “Radiesse can provide a nice, long lasting, natural-looking correction. Larger syringes are available and correction can last quite well. It is also very versatile and can be used effectively in the midface, the jowls and and along the jawline, as well as deeper creases and folds.”
Another recent win for Radiesse was the news that an FDA advisory committee recommended approval for Radiesse for hand augmentation. Merz submitted data from a pivotal randomized controlled study of 114 patients at six US sites. The General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee voted that the benefits of Radiesse outweigh any risks and a majority of panelists voted that it was safe and effective. By injecting Radiesse into the back of the hands, dermatologists and plastic surgeons can obscure veins and bones and plump up a shriveled, old looking hand. After injection with Radiesse the hands are massaged to smooth the product evenly.
A Radiesse treatment may last 12 – 18 months, depending on the areas treated and how much filler is used. As with all non-permanent injectable fillers, touch up treatments will be necessary to maintain the results. Find a Radiesse physician at radiesse.com