It's a common misconception that your skin stretches over time, sagging into folds and wrinkles. In reality, two primary factors age your appearance – loss of facial volume and reduced production of collagen. Natural volume gives your face smooth, youthful contours. Collagen is a strong meshwork of protein fibers that supports the skin. You lose both, beginning in your 30s. In her Montclair, New Jersey office, Dr. Downie can assess whether Radiesse or another treatment can be used to improve your appearance.
What is Radiesse?
Radiesse is a volumizing dermal filler that improves the appearance of aging in many areas of the face and body. It is made synthetically from calcium hydroxyapatite, a substance that naturally occurs within your body. It contains no animal-derived ingredients, so there is minimal risk of allergic reaction.
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A little Radiesse goes a long way. Dr. Jeanine Downie, founder of Image Dermatology, uses it to artistically address facial sagging, "marionette lines," smile lines, chin wrinkles, and sunken temples, and to lift corners of the mouth – on both men and women. Radiesse also rejuvenates the look of thin, aging hands.
Treatment begins with application of a locally-applied numbing agent to ensure your comfort and wellbeing during injections. Radiesse is combined with lidocaine to provide extra comfort, even though the procedure is generally well tolerated (the injections may pinch a little). A Radiesse treatment takes less than a half hour overall, depending on the number of syringes used and the areas being treated.
Once injected, the results of Radiesse are seen immediately. It also stimulates your body to produce more natural collagen, so you may expect continued improvement. It lasts a year or more for many patients, depending on the area treated and the amount injected. Radiesse is excellent for facial sagging as it lifts facial skin very well.
There's no downtime after a Radiesse appointment. You are free to return to normal activities right away and may wear cosmetics. Some patients have slight swelling or bruising at injections sites but it normally subsides within 36 hours. If you have any residual discomfort, it can easily be managed with over the counter analgesics. You should stay out of the sun immediately after treatment.
Calcium microspheres and a thick formulation make Radiesse so effective. However, it is not recommended for very thin-skinned zones of the face, such as under the eyes, or to augment the lips. Fillers such as Restylane, Perlane, and Juvederm are more appropriate for those areas. Dr. Downie creates a customized rejuvenation program for each patient, using various injectables together to create gorgeous results.
Common questions about Radiesse
Is Radiesse approved by the FDA?
Yes. In 2006 the United States Food and Drug Administration approved Radiesse for long lasting correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles. It's so effective that it received a second approval for treatment of facial fat loss in patients with HIV.
Is the change permanent?
No. Improvement in facial volume is immediate, and wrinkles continue to smooth out as Radiesse stimulates additional collagen production. Results are long-lasting but eventually the product is harmlessly absorbed by your body and the aging process goes on. Most patients are so pleased that they schedule touch up sessions at least once a year.
Who is not a good candidate for treatment?
Radiesse is safe for most patients, but Dr. Downie may advise against it if you have severe allergies, a history of hypersensitivity to any of its components, are pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you are considering dermal filler treatments, call Dr. Downie today at 855-847-7177 to schedule an appointment in her Montclair office. She'll be happy to tell you more about how Radiesse can bring back your youthful appearance.