What product is used?
As we age, our skin loses both collagen and elastin, key components that provide youthful support and definition to the overall facial structure. Radiesse® is a Dermal Filler containing Calcium Hydroxylapatite (a synthetic material identical to the substance in teeth and bones).
How does Radiesse work?
- Once Radiesse® is injected into the skin via a cannula it immediately supports, shapes, defines and restores facial contours
- Radiesse® stimulates skin cell activity and formation of collagen & elastin. Over a period of months as the body metabolises the Calcium Hydroxylapatite it leaves behind only naturally produced collagen in the treatment area
- This restored skin structure results in a long lasting, smoother, more tightened and contoured effect
Stay in shape
A youthful face has a clear shape and defined contours and shadowing and highlighting enhance and flatter features. As we age accentuating the natural angles of our face with makeup is not enough. Collagen and elastin keep our skin supple and youthful but these support structures, as well as underlying bone, diminish as we age. Skin is no longer able to ‘bounce back’ so easily, instead it starts to sag and loses definition – especially in the lower face.
Improve from within
Radiesse® is a dermal filler that restores skin on two levels. It achieves both immediate enhancement and sustained aesthetic improvement of facial shape and contours.
Radiesse® stimulates the production of collagen and elastin which are important components of our skin (and which start to become depleted over time). These building-blocks are improved in the months after your Radiesse® treatment, to allow you to benefit from sustained improvement.
What areas can be treated?
Predominantly we use Radiesse® for contouring and lifting:
- Chin area
What happens during my consultation?
During your consultation a detailed medical history will be taken, helping the medical specialist to determine whether the dermal filler is an appropriate product/treatment for you to receive and whether it will help you achieve the results that you are looking for. This will also reduce the risk of any unwanted side effects from dermal fillers. During this consultation the potential risks and aftercare recommendations are discussed, helping you determine whether this form of injectable treatment is really right for you. You may also require this face to face assessment to determine how much dermal filler you will require to achieve desired results.
What happens during my treatment appointment?
Local anaesthetic topical cream can be applied to the areas to be injected prior to the treatment if necessary and the skin is cleaned with an appropriate solution.
The prefilled syringe of Radiesse® is injected using a small cannula. Radiesse® also contains Lidocaine to numb the area further and make it more comfortable for the patient during treatment.
What’s the aftercare advice?
After your Radiesse® dermal filler treatment you might experience slight redness, swelling, bruising, tenderness and/or a numb sensation in the area treated. You might wish to gently apply ice or a cold compress to the injection area after treatment to help reduce swelling. It is normal to feel “firmness” in the treated area for the first few days; over time the area will soften. It is recommended not to massage or manipulate the treated area(s). These possible side effects are usually mild and related to the procedure. Most are short term and disappear within the first few weeks.
We advise to avoid applying makeup, drinking alcohol or exercising for 24-48 hours.
How long do the results last?
Who is not suitable for this treatment?
- Anyone allergic to any of the ingredients in the dermal filler
- Skin infection at the injection site
- Dermal filler treatment is contraindicated for some people with certain auto-immune diseases
- If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breast-feeding (It is not known if the dermal filler can be harmful to your unborn child)
- Also tell us if you are taking any medicines including herbal as some may be contraindicated
Treatment frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Around 3-4 months. This can be longer depending on the individual and lifestyle choices.
Dermal fillers should not change expression; it is a technique-sensitive treatment. When administered correctly the filler should be undetectable and natural looking.
You may experience some unwanted effects to the injections. These possible side effects are usually mild and related to the procedure, such as swelling, bruising, tenderness as treatment site. Most are short term and disappear within the first few weeks.