About Radiesse Facial Injections for Natural Wrinkle Repair
Radiesse is FDA approved for soft tissue marking in any anatomical location, vocal cord injection and oral/ maxiofacial augmentation. FDA approval for facial implant is pending. Internationally, Radiesse has received approval for facial implant and treatment of stress urinary incontinence.
Radiesse consists of calcium hydroxylapatite suspended in gel (carboxymethylcellulose). Because calcium hydroxylapatite is a normal constituent of bone, it should not elicit a chronic inflammatory or immune response. Additionally, the gel carrier does not require allergy testing, as is required with collagen.
Although no one can say for sure, some studies have speculated longevity of Radiesse Injections being at least 2 to 5 years — some report over 6 years and counting in non-cosmetic applications of Coaptite. This type of product is not easily removed.
Possible Side Effects of Radiesse Treatment
In general, calcium hydroxylapatite has safely been used in the body for many applications including dental applications where bone build-up is needed for reconstruction and also in block form for cosmetic applications such as cheek, jaw, cranial and chin implants. Calcium hydroxylapatite creates a lattice where the surrounding cells can be incorporated from ossification in bony areas to a stable scaffold in which soft tissue can grow.
Immediately after the Radiesse treatment, there may be a slight redness, swelling, tenderness or itching sensation at the treated area. This is only normal cause of the injection and the inconvenience is temporary, it generally goes away in a day or two.
Pain during Radiesse injections is different for each patient depending on their sensitivity to pain. Thought the injections may prick a little normally no anesthesia is needed for treatment of wrinkles and folds. Most people report that the injections are relatively painless. A lip treatment can be quite uncomfortable and therefore, a nerve block is normally made.
There is no need for allergy testing before injecting Radiesse.
Keep an icepack on the treated area for 15 minutes to reduce possible swelling. You may take Arnica (under the tongue) every two hours for the first day or two if any bruising occurs.