RADIESSE® Cosmetic Filler
RADIESSE® (formerly marketed as Radiance) is a cosmetic dermal filler that is used throughout the world to diminish the appearance of wrinkles, lines, and facial folds. In addition to the long-lasting results it provides as a cosmetic filler, RADIESSE® is also FDA-approved in the United States to treat oral and maxillofacial defects, vocal cord deficiencies, and is used in the treatment of facial lipoatrophy (facial wasting) in patients with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
What is RADIESSE®?
RADIESSE® (or Radiance) is a next-generation cosmetic filler used in the treatment of deep lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth – including smile lines, marionette lines, and nasolabial folds. Similar to the makeup of ArteFill®, RADIESSE® cosmetic filler has small microspheres (particles) suspended in a gel-like solution. There is no need for an allergy test prior to RADIESSE® filler injections since the microspheres are comprised of calcium hydroxylapatite, a substance naturally found in the body.
For the first three months after RADIESSE® treatment, it acts as a cosmetic filler, plumping up the skin and diminishing age lines. Then, RADIESSE® microspheres stimulate natural collagen growth, actually causing new tissue development for extended results (up to two years). In addition, RADIESSE® is useful in the treatment of facial lipoatrophy (a stigmatizing effect of HIV), vocal cord deficiencies, oral and maxillofacial defects, as well as scars and chin dimples.
Candidates for RADIESSE® Treatment
Candidates for RADIESSE® cosmetic filler treatment include patients showing obvious signs of facial aging. RADIESSE® candidates commonly seek treatment for prominent smile lines, marionette lines, and other facial wrinkles. RADIESSE® can also be used as an alternative to implant surgery, providing augmentation to a patient’s nose, cheeks, or chin. Patients suffering vocal cord insufficiency or oral and maxillofacial defects (such as periodontal and cystic defects) can also benefit from RADIESSE® treatment. Because RADIESSE® cosmetic filler is made of a natural substance that occurs in the body, no allergy testing is needed. Click the following link for more information about candidates for RADIESSE® injections.
RADIESSE® Cost and Financing Information
Because varying dosages of RADIESSE® cosmetic filler are used to treat different areas of the face, it is difficult to provide an accurate cost estimate without a doctor examination. Generally, the cost of RADIESSE® ranges from $650 to $800 per syringe. Although this price range is higher than that of other cosmetic fillers (such as Sculptra® and Restylane®), RADIESSE® offers longer-lasting results, requiring less frequent treatments, thus saving the patient money in the end. Learn more about RADIESSE® cost and financing.
The RADIESSE® Treatment Process
The RADIESSE® treatment process is a simple outpatient procedure generally performed using a local anesthetic. Treatment time takes up to 15 minutes, depending upon the extent of the treatment. The doctor selects one or more injection points for each location to be treated. Local anesthesia and an antiseptic are applied. The RADIESSE® cosmetic filler is then injected beneath the skin, under the dermis and subcutis layer. Although patients should see immediate results, the final product is evident within one week. Results last up to two years. Learn more about the RADIESSE® treatment process.
Risks and Benefits of RADIESSE® Injections
Although all elective cosmetic procedures are accompanied by some risk, the risks associated with RADIESSE® cosmetic filler are minimal. Usually, injectable fillers carry the risk of allergic reaction. However, because RADIESSE® is made of a substance that occurs naturally in the body, there is virtually no risk of allergy. The greatest risk associated with Radiesse™ occurs when patients allow non-licensed practitioners to administer the treatment. This risk can be avoided by checking the credentials of your doctor or using DocShop to locate a board-certified practitioner near you. Learn more about the risks and benefits of RADIESSE® cosmetic filler.
RADIESSE® is a non-toxic, non-allergenic, biocompatible cosmetic filler used to treat wrinkles and skin folds around the nose and mouth. If you would like to know more about RADIESSE® or if you have a question about this injectable, click the following link and visit our RADIESSE® frequently asked questions page.
Locate a Physician in Your Area through DocShop
In addition to educational information on cosmetic surgery, skin treatments, and other medical procedures, DocShop also provides an easy-to-use search tool to help you find qualified physicians in your area. Find a cosmetic dermatologist that offers Radiesse™ cosmetic filler treatments.