Radiesse is a dermal filler that temporarily adds volume to help smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds.


How Long Will My Radiesse Last?

Radiesse gives correction to the nasolabial folds, the cheek areas, and the areas under the eyes.  The loss of midface volume is one of the hallmarks of facial aging and can lead to an appearance of being aged.  In the past, we had addressed this with surgeries to tighten the face.  More recently, we have begun using volumizing fillers to restore volume and provide a similar lift without surgery.  Radiesse is an ideal filler to replenish this lost volume in the cheeks.  Since it is composed of calcium hydroxyapatite, it integrates well with the cheekbones.  It tends to last up to 2 years in the cheek areas.


How Much Radiesse Will I Need?

Radiesse is a dermal filler that is made of calcium based particles suspended in a water gel.  It’s correction is very dependable and predictable and is a great choice for facial contouring and correcting facial asymmetries.  In achieving these corrections, Dr. Blackledge believes that it is very important to be conservative so that the patient has a very natural look.  Dr. Blackledge starts with one syringe of Radiesse and then adds in subsequent visits if that patient feels like he or she needs more correction.


Side Effects of Radiesse

The most common side effect with Radiesse is redness and swelling which is mild and subsides in one to two days.  There is no need for allergy testing with Radiesse as it is composed of calcium, a natural mineral found in our bodies.  Therefore, it is highly unlikely that patients will have an allergic reaction to Radiesse.  Occasionally, patients will have mild bruising at the injection site that is easily camouflaged with correction makeup.


What Can I Do To Minimize Bruising?

Aspirin, Motrin, Ibuprofen, and Advil are all anti-inflammatory agents that thin the blood and can promote bruising.  In addition anything herbal, red wine and homeopathic medications can do the same.  To minimize bruising, it’s advisable to avoid these products for ten days prior to treatment.  To find out more about what medications you are presently taking and their potential for bruising, please contact our office.