Radiesse® is a synthetic injectable filler that reduces wrinkles, creases, and scars by augmenting the body’s natural collagen supply. It is composed of microspheres of calcium hydroxlapatite that stimulate the production of collagen. It is a safe, effective, and long-lasting alternative to injectable collagen and other dermal fillers, not only for smoothing wrinkles, but also adding volume and contour to the face. Like Botox® and Juvéderm®, it is metabolized naturally by the body over time.
The session typically lasts about an hour: first a local anesthetic is injected for your comfort, and the actual application of Radiesse® takes about 30 minutes. Effects are immediate and last about 4 months (though some patients report results lasting a year), when your body naturally metabolizes the water-based gel. The FDA approved Radiesse® to restore or correct signs of facial lipidatrophy (fat loss in the face) in 2006.