Radiesse is an injectable skin filler with quick and long-lasting results. Radiesse provides immediate lifting of wrinkles and folds. It has also been shown to stimulate the production of your own collagen, working with your body to restore volume and a natural refreshed appearance.
What is Radiesse?
Radiesse is an FDA-approved synthetic, biocompatible wrinkle filler used to augment volume in the soft tissues of the face and hands. It is made of calcium hydroxyapatite, which is the primary mineral component of bones and teeth though it feels soft in the skin. The calcium hydroxyapatite stimulates the body to produce new collagen, and the treatment effects can last for more than a year.
How will Dr. Davis use Radiesse to improve my appearance?
Radiesse, like other fillers, can be used for the treatment of lines and wrinkles around the mouth and in the lower face. It will help make you look younger and more refreshed, but in a natural way. Dr. Davis can also use Radiesse to augment cheek bones, which will add definition to a flat face, and to lift indented scars from a variety of causes. In addition, Radiesse is Dr. Davis’ preferred filler for adding volume to the backs of the hands in order to make them look fuller, younger, and less bony. Radiesse can also be used to give you a non-surgical face lift – a very exciting technique!
How can Radiesse be used to give me a “face lift”?
Dr. Davis injects Radiesse into the skin along the jaw line to create a firmer, smoother profile. She then injects Radiesse into the skin directly in front of the ear. This will lift up the skin along the jaw. It is remarkable to see! She can inject this product at the hairline by the temples, to lift-up the cheeks. Dr. Davis also typically injects Radiesse along the cheekbones to enhance them and give definition to a flat, aging face. You will look 10 years younger instantly… and naturally.
How long does this procedure take?
This procedure is completed in about a half hour. It can be performed during a lunch break or any routine appointment. Although Dr. Davis adds a local anesthetic to the product to make injection less painful, if you wish to also sit with a topical anesthetic cream you can come half an hour prior to your appointment to do so. Treatment time will then run about an hour.
When will I see results?
Results are visible immediately. You will see improvement when one half of the face (or one hand) is treated and the other side has yet to be treated.
Will my Radiesse treatment with Dr. Davis be painful?
Dr. Davis mixes Radiesse with the anesthetic lidocaine to minimize pain and discomfort during injection. Patients may also come 30 minutes before their appointment to sit with a topical anesthetic cream (at no additional charge). Either way the treatment is tolerable, and the results are excellent and long-lasting.
Who should be treated with Radiesse?
Radiesse treatments are for both men and women, generally over age 30. Occasionally, Dr. Davis will treat younger individuals if lines are visible (such as in smokers or people who have spent considerable time in the sun) or if she is lifting acne/chicken pox scars.
Can there be any problems after my Radiesse treatment?
Occasionally there will be bruising from the injections, which can largely be prevented by avoiding aspirin and the products listed below. On rare occasion, you may feel bumps under the skin after your treatment. These can be massaged down firmly with an antibacterial product such as Bacitracin ointment (sold over-the-counter).
How should I prepare for my Radiesse treatment with Dr. Davis?
There are certain precautions we recommend adhering to for about a week prior to your procedure. These will help to reduce bruising, bleeding, and swelling during and after the procedure.
Avoid the following:
All pain relievers except Tylenol (acetaminophen): avoid Aleve, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and even low dose baby aspirin (unless recommended by your physician).
Vitamin E and all multi vitamins containing Vitamin E. Foods high in Vitamin E should also be avoided such as: sunflower seeds, dry roasted almonds, olives (including olive oil – plain, in salad dressings, and on pizza/pasta), papaya, spinach, arugula, broccoli, blueberries, cinnamon, and horseradish
Herbal remedies such as St. John’s Wort, Ginkgo Biloba, Ginger Root, Fish Oil, etc.
Alcoholic beverages (optional)
Take the following:
We recommend that you purchase Arnica tablets, which can be bought at health food and vitamin stores. Follow the instructions on the package; you can start taking these pills as early as a few days before your procedure. We suggest that you take them at least the day before and the day of the treatment. You may also want to take them after. Arnica gel is not nearly as effective.
An alternative supplement to minimize bruising after the treatment is Bromelain (pineapple extract). You can take 500mg twice a day for 3 days following a procedure. You should begin taking Bromelain the day of your treatment, after the procedure has been completed. Bromelain can be taken in addition to or instead of Arnica tablets, though Bromelain should not be taken before the treatment, only after.