Radiesse Volumizing Filler: Is It Safe for Me?

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Q: As I aged, my skin got wrinkled; then my friend suggested to me about radiesse volumizing filler. I just want to know if it is safe to use or should I go with another treatment option?
Expert Answer

Radiesse Volumizing Filler immediately adds volume to the face when injected. It can also build volume over time as it stimulates the body’s natural collagen production. Results can last up to a year or longer, depending on the patient.

Made from tiny calcium-based microspheres that are suspended in a water-based gel, Radiesse Volumizing Filler contains calcium microspheres similar to minerals that the body naturally has. Because of this, allergy testing is not required to receive the treatment. As you age, your body absorbs microspheres and gel, leaving only natural collagen behind. Radiesse Volumizing Filler is not recommended for patients with severe allergies and who have a history of anaphylaxis.

After Radiesse Volumizing Filler is injected, the skin will be plumped and lost volume will be replenished. Overall, you will have a more refreshed look. The filler will work to stimulate your body’s natural production of collagen over time. Once your body absorbs the filler, natural collagen will be left behind. This produces* long-lasting results.

You can use Radiesse Volumizing Filler in your smile lines, the lines that run between the corners of your mouth and your nose (and the corners of your mouth), the areas on the sides of the chin (can often sag due to loss of volume) and in your chin to reduce* the appearance of chin wrinkles. The FDA has approved Radiesse Volumizing Filler to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds.

One thing that makes Radiesse Volumizing Filler so unique is that it is the only dermal filler on the market that is composed of calcium-based microspheres. It is clinically proven* to stimulate your natural production of collagen. That being said, results can last a year or more for many patients. Another key point is that clinical studies have found that Radiesse patients were more satisfied with their results than patients treated with other filler products. Patients receive up to 30 percent less* Radiesse Volumizing Filler than other injectable gels.

You are probably wondering how Radiesse Volumizing Filler works and whether or not it is painful. The filler is injected under your skin. The procedure is considered to be quick and safe. In fact, it is so quick that many patients receive the treatment while on their lunch break from work. Since it is FDA-approved to be mixed with lidocaine, which is an anesthetic, the procedure is relatively painless.

You will notice results immediately. Just about anyone can benefit from Radiesse Volumizing Filler treatments, but if you have questions, speak to your physician about whether or not you are a good candidate. He or she can address any concerns you may have. Some patients do have side effects. This is a risk all patients take when undergoing such treatment. Side effects can include, but are not limited to, mild skin irritation and swelling, itching, redness, bruising and tenderness. Symptoms usually pop up around the injection site. If side effects persist, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately. Patients who are breastfeeding or who are not over the age of 18 should not receive a Radiesse Volumizing Filler injection. Patients using medications that can prolong bleeding (aspirin or warfarin) may experience increased bleeding or bruising at the injection site.

Hopefully this information has answered your question. You should speak to your physician if you have more concerns, however, for the most part, Radiesse Volumizing Filler is safe for most patients.