Dermal fillers are compounds suspended in a gel. The most effective of these contain acids that draw in moisture or reshape the affected area in such a manner as to smooth out wrinkles, smile lines and dimples.
Radiesse® is one of the most popular dermal fillers because it contains calcium hydroxylapatite. This complex compound is naturally found in the body, so there is no possibility of rejection or allergic reaction when it is injected. The plumping effect is long-lasting because the microsphere particles in Radiesse® eventually act to stimulate collagen production. This injectable is particularly effective for enhancing the shape of the cheeks. Cheek and chin dimples virtually disappear.
Who is a Candidate?
The ideal candidates for Radiesse® are mature adults who are showing the obvious signs of skin aging on the face. These signs include smile and frown lines and loose skin on the cheeks. Augmentation using a dermal filler is a viable alternative to more aggressive resurfacing such as a facelift or implants.
How Radiesse® Works
The tiny calcium hydroxylapatite spheres are suspended in a gel. This gel is injected just beneath the skin. At first, the gel acts as a cosmetic filler. The cheeks are smoothed out because the gel settles into areas where subdermal support is needed.
After about a month or so, the microspheres begin to stimulate the production of collagen. This process continues for several months until the spheres are flushed from the body. The natural tissue growth and increased collagen production continues long after this, however. Many individuals report satisfactory results lasting for up to 12 months!
What Clients Need to Know
Before choosing to have this type of dermal filler procedure performed, we ask our clients to consult with us to discuss all treatment options. We will outline the entire procedure and give realistic outcome estimates.
The gel settles in just beneath the dermal and subcutis layers. It moves around a little but then becomes immobile. The plumping effect is noticed immediately, but the full results will become much more apparent after about a month or two.
After Your Radiesse® Treatment
The client will notice improvement in skin tone and texture over the next several months. This is because the microspheres are stimulating new tissue growth. This growth is generally healthier than what is being replaced. When used to enhance the cheeks, the smoother skin surface can remain taut for up to one year or more.
Find Out More About Radiesse®
If you are concerned about the visual signs of aging, especially the wrinkles occurring on your cheeks, make an appointment at Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery to learn more about how Radiesse® can enhance your appearance. This is a simple cosmetic procedure that involves no surgery, harsh skin resurfacing or the use of potentially dangerous chemicals. Our office is located in Bethesda and we also serve the Washington, DC and surrounding areas. Contact us today to request a consultation.