Lines, creases, and wrinkles no longer need to have a prominent place on your face. Today, with more people looking for ways to fight the signs of aging, there have never been more promising options. Scottsdale, AZ board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Carlos Mata, a.k.a. Dr. Scottsdale®, provides Radiesse, a popular volumizing dermal filler injected underneath unwanted lines and wrinkles, creating a fullness underneath facial creases. Radiesse is the only dermal filler that stimulates the production of collagen, which helps keep the results visible for up to a full year. This filler is a great alternative for people who are allergic to artificial collagen. While collagen is a proven and effective treatment, it requires allergy testing several weeks before the Radiesse sessions and some people may develop an allergy to it after several applications.
Radiesse is a quick procedure normally completed within 10 minutes – 1 hour depending on the size of the area being treated. The face will be thoroughly cleansed and then marked with ink so that the practitioner may conduct the injections with precision. A numbing cream is usually applied before the injection occurs. The gel is delivered using a fine needle into pockets just underneath the skin until the right volume is achieved.
After treatment, there may be redness, swelling and even bruising around the injection sites, but these go away after several hours. Patients will be able to resume their normal routine; although strenuous exercise should be limited for the first 24 hours. Patients will see their results immediately, and the results will continue to improve because Radiesse stimulates natural collagen growth, which is an agent for healthy skin.
There is an extensive selection of dermal fillers available. Each filler has its own specific treatment to match the patient’s cosmetic issues. Whether naturally or artificially derived, these are all Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved, which means they are proven to be safe and effective. The one highlight of a Radiesse treatment is that aside from its volumizing capability it can function as a collagen stimulator. When collagen multiplies, it greatly benefits the skin tone. During the initial consultation, the face will be assessed and the appropriate filler will be recommended.
Several other derma fillers are manufactured using hyaluronic acid. Popular examples are Juvéderm® or Restylane®. While these are great in adding volume back to facial depressions, Radiesse stands out as the only filler made of calcium-based microspheres, which have the ability to integrate with skin tissues and promote collagen growth. Every patient is unique, and a treatment plan will be tailored to them that may include Radiesse, or another filler if the practitioner feels it will best benefit the patient.
Radiesse is FDA approved and backed by comprehensive testing. As it is derived from a substance that naturally occurs in the body, it poses no toxic risk. Temporary side effects may include redness, swelling, bruising, numbness or itching, which all subsides after a few days.