What Is Radiesse®?
Radiesse® is a non-surgical, cosmetic procedure that supplements your skin’s own depleted collagen to smooth out deep facial wrinkles and creases and minimize scars. It is injected just below the surface of the skin and is particularly effective smoothing out the deep wrinkles or creases that appear as folds between the nose and mouth or on the sides of the nose. Radiesse® contains the same compounds found in human bones and teeth so there is almost no risk of allergic reaction. Radiesse® is a safe and proven alternative to bovine collagen injections and solid facial implants.
Radiesse® is approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and has been successfully used by thousands of men and woman over the last seven years. Treatment results are immediate and the results typically last several months. Of course, results may vary among individuals. Our providers will work with you to develop a collagen replacement program to meet your individual needs and to give you the results you desire.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Radiesse Safe?
Radiesse was approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) nearly a decade ago and has since undergone continued testing in accordance with strict FDA requirements. Thousands of men and women have used Radiesse to safely and successfully smooth out deep facial wrinkles, creases, and folds. During your initial consultation, the staff at West End Plastic Surgery will address any safety concerns you have regarding the use of Radiesse.
Where Can Radiesse Be Used?
Radiesse is injected just below the surface of the skin, filling in the deep creases and folds that often form between the nose and mouth and on either side of the nose. It can also be used to enhance the area surrounding the lips and to minimize acne scars. The doctor will determine which areas to inject with Radiesse based on an evaluation of the skin on your face and neck.
How Long Does Radiesse Last?
Radiesse supplements your skin’s own depleted collagen, smoothing out wrinkles, minimizing scars, and improving the appearance of deep frown lines and nasal furrows. Radiesse is a safe, effective, non-surgical wrinkle treatment that provides immediate, natural-looking results. Depending on the area treated, the improvement in wrinkles, creases, and folds may last for several months or even years. Some touch-up treatments may be necessary. As with all cosmetic procedures, results may vary, and it is best to discuss your individual case with Dr. Ruff and his staff at West End Plastic Surgery during your initial consultation
How Does Radiesse Work?
Radiesse is a collagen replacement therapy especially suited to smoothing out the deep wrinkles or creases that appear as folds between the nose and mouth or on the sides of the nose. No anesthesia is required for your Radiesse treatment, although the doctor may numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. The doctor uses an ultra-fine needle to inject Radiesse into the areas of the face and neck that appear folded, creased, or wrinkled. Most patients compare the injection to the feeling of a small pinprick. Radiesse does not create an "overdone" look. After your treatment, you'll still look like yourself—only better.
Unlike other dermal fillers, Radiesse is not absorbed into your system. Therefore, the provider does not need to overfill the wrinkled area. The entire treatment takes less than an hour, depending on the number of areas being treated. Results with Radiesse are immediate, so you can determine at first glance if you are happy with the results or if you would like additional injections of Radiesse. Unlike other types of fillers, Radiesse is not absorbed by the body, allowing for long-lasting results.
Does Radiesse Require a Recovery Time?
No recovery time is required; you may resume normal activity immediately. Side effects of the procedure are minimal, other than short-term swelling and redness in the areas of the injections. Results appear immediately and can last for several months or even years.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Radiesse?
Radiesse is a good fit for most people who are interested in wrinkle reduction. Radiesse can be used to treat many types of wrinkles, including those on the forehead, around the mouth, nose, and eyes.
People who are allergic to any of the ingredients in Radiesse, those who have bleeding disorders, people who have a history of severe allergies, and women who are breastfeeding or pregnant should not use Radiesse. If you're unsure about whether Radiesse is the right fit for you, it's important to talk to your care provider to discuss your concerns.
Contraindications to Radiesse:
People who are allergic to dermal filler ingredients will not be recommended for Radiesse injections. Radiesse is also not recommended for patients who are currently pregnant or breastfeeding. If you have a bleeding disorder or a history of severe allergies, you may not be suitable for Radiesse.
Are There Any Risks with Radiesse?
Just like any other dermal filler treatment, Radiesse does come with a few common side effects and risks. After treatment, patients may feel bruising, swelling, redness, or itching at the site of the injection. These side effects are common and should disappear within several days.
Although rare, Radiesse can come with more complicated risks, which include:
- Infection at the injection site
- Vision abnormalities
- Unusual pain.
The team at West End Plastic Surgery is dedicated to providing high-quality care that should allow patients to recover successfully without any complications. However, if you experience any of the above symptoms, do not hesitate to contact us as soon as possible.
What Are the Benefits of Radiesse?
Radiesse provides many benefits to patients looking to restore a youthful look to their complexion. It can add volume to sunken skin, lift sagging skin, and smooth wrinkles and fine lines. In addition, Radiesse differs from other dermal fillers due to the fact that it can help the body build more collagen while it acts as a filler, leading to more natural, smooth, and youthful-looking results.
How Much Does Radiesse Cost?
The total cost of your Radiesse treatment will depend on how many syringes of the dermal filler you will need. However, Radiesse injections can cost anywhere between $500 to $1800 in the Washington, D.C. area.
Can Radiesse Be Combined with Other Treatments?
Yes. Radiesse can be combined with other dermal fillers, such as hyaluronic acid or laser resurfacing treatments to help achieve an overall improved facial complexion. During your consultation, we will help you determine if you can benefit from a combined treatment.
Myths and Misconceptions About Radiesse
There are many misconceptions about Radiesse and dermal filler. However, Radiesse can be more beneficial than many people believe.
Myth: Radiesse is only good for treating wrinkles.
Fact: While Radiesse is most commonly used to treat wrinkles, it can also restore volume to sunken areas of the face, as well as restore volume in the hands. Using Radiesse to focus on filling in lost volume can lead to a more plump, youthful appearance.
Myth: Radiesse treatment is painful.
Fact: Many patients find that dermal filler injections are only mildly uncomfortable. While the treatment does involve injections with a needle, it is not overly painful. At West End Plastic Surgery, we are happy to accommodate patients who may need numbing before any procedure.
Myth: Radiesse is not long-lasting.
Fact: Radiesse is known as one of the longest-lasting dermal fillers on the market compared to others. While maintenance and touch-up filler appointments will be necessary occasionally to maintain your desired appearance, results from Radiesse treatment may last some patients up to a year.
Schedule Your Consultation for Radiesse at West End Plastic Surgery Today
Our highly experienced team will work with you to help you achieve the look you want. Whether you want to get rid of wrinkles or build up collagen, our Radiesse treatments are effective at providing youthful, natural-looking results for every patient. To schedule a consultation with us, click here or call 202-785-4187 to reach a team member at our office location in Washington, D.C.