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When we are young, collagen gives our skin its volume, flexibility and strength. As we age, collagen breaks down and diminishes elasticity and facial volume, resulting in deep lines and wrinkles.

Radiesse is a popular wrinkle filler made from calcium hydroxyapatite, a naturally occurring substance in the body. Radiesse can replenish volume and smooth out smile and frown lines, as well as shape and contour the face. As well as restoring volume, Radiesse restores volume and promotes the growth of the body's own collagen, to provide lasting, but not permanent augmentation.

Initial visit

During a patient’s complimentary first visit, a full medical history will be taken. Physical examination will focus on age, genetics, skin type and elasticity. It is important to discuss any pre-existing conditions, allergies, medications, and past surgeries.

The Injection

The area injected is usually numbed either by the application of ice or with a local anesthetic. Radiesse is then injected with a small needle and most patients experience minimal discomfort.

Prior to the Injection

For at least two weeks prior, patients are required to refrain from smoking, alcohol and aspirin products. Smoking interferes with circulation and healing, and products containing aspirin or ibuprofen thin the blood and increase the risk of bleeding and bruising.

After the Injection

Results are fully evident within a week and should last around two years. Radiesse usually provides up to 80 percent improvement immediately after treatment.

Possible Side-Effects

Radiesse injections are safe and quick. However, as with all cosmetic procedures there are side-effects and risks. The most common side-effects include discomfort or pain at the injection site, which usually subsides within 24 to 36 hours, discomfort, bruising, and infection. A rare complication may be the appearance of nodules which would require steroid treatment.

The ideal way to achieve wrinkle reduction is by replenishing lost volume with Radiesse to smooth out signs of aging.