Radiesse

Radiesse – Glossary

Anesthetic: A substance that causes loss of feeling or awareness.  A topical or local anesthetic causes temporary loss of feeling in a part of the body, and may make your treatment more comfortable.

Facial Lipoatrophy: The loss of facial fat.

Calcium hydroxylapatite: Calcium Hydroxylapatite is a biocompatible, biodegradable material that is similar to one of the components commonly found in natural bone. Calcium Hydroxylapatite has been widely used for many years in medical products.

Side effect: An undesirable event caused by use of the product.

Radiesse – What other things do I need to know?

The Microspheres in Radiesse can be seen in X-rays and CT Scans.

It is very important that you inform your doctor and other health care professionals that you have Radiesse injected in your face.

Even though Radiesse can be seen in X-rays and CT Scans, there is not a high risk that it would cause your doctor concern, as long as he/she knows that you have had Radiesse injected into your face.

Radiesse – How quickly can I get back to normal activities?

Most patients feel comfortable going back to their normal activities immediately after treatment with Radiesse.

Radiesse – Post Treatment Advice

Immediately following a treatment session with Radiesse, redness, bruising or swelling may occur in the treatment area.

These signs usually go away in a short period and are generally mild in nature.  An ice pack may be applied to the treatment area to help reduce swelling. Your practitioner will give you specific post-treatment care instructions.

For approximately 24 hours after treatment:

  • Avoid significant movement or massage of the treated area
  • Do not apply makeup.
  • Avoid extensive sun or heat exposure

You may experience redness, bruising or swelling for a few days after Radiesse treatment.  Not all patients experience these, but please note that such effects can occur and are not out of the ordinary for such a treatment.

You may be able to feel the area where Radiesse was injected for some period after injection.  Over time, the injected area will feel more and more like your own tissue.

Radiesse – Should I tell my practitioner what medication I’m taking?

Yes.  You should tell your practitioner about all the medicines you are taking, even over the counter medicines or treatments.

If you are taking blood thinners or medications that may interfere with clotting of the blood, such as aspirin, you might be more likely to have bruising or bleeding at the injection site.

There have been no studies of possible interactions between Radiesse and drugs or other substances or implants.

Talk to your practitioner about your medical history when deciding on treatment options.

Radiesse – What are the possible side effects?

If you experience any side effects following Radiesse treatment, or if you have any concerns at all, please call Clare McLoughlin RGN INP  on 0800 8766322

Talk to your practitioner about the possible side effects of Radiesse.

The most common side effects are redness, bruising, or swelling.

These side effects generally last for a short time and are mild in nature.

As with all procedures that involve an injection through the skin, there is a risk of infection. However, no infections have been reported in the clinical study of Radiesse.

Report any side effects you may experience to your doctor.

Radiesse – What happens at the treatment session?

Your practitioner will answer all of your questions and prepare you for the Radiesse treatment:

  • The area where the injections will be given will be cleaned with an antiseptic
  • Your practitioner will determine if a topical and/or local anaesthetic is needed
  • Radiesse will be injected in small amounts into the skin using a very fine needle
  • An ice pack may be applied to the treatment area before or after treatment to help reduce swelling.
Radiesse – Do the injections hurt?

As with any injection, injections with Radiesse can be uncomfortable.

However your skin may be numbed with cream before treatment, and the Radiesse with be mixed with local anaesthetic prior to it being injected in small amounts using a very fine needle.

Radiesse – How long do treatment effects last?

Treatment effects will differ for each person.

In a clinical study, the treatment lasted for 1 year after the first treatment session in all patients.

Radiesse – How often are treatments given?

Your practitioner will decide how often Radiesse treatments are given, based upon your needs and desires and
the areas and volume of treatment required.

Radiesse – How many treatments are required?

Your practitioner will decide with you the number of treatment sessions and the amount of Radiesse you will need at each treatment session.

Generally, significant augmentation or restoration may be achieved in a first treatment.

A touch-up may be required to achieve optimal results, and periodic future Radiesse touch-up treatments may be needed to maintain the augmentation or restoration.

Radiesse – how does it work?

Radiesse is injected below the surface of the skin in the area of fat loss.

Radiesse results in aesthetic improvement and provides an increase in skin thickness in the treated area.

Visible results appear at the first treatment session.

Radiesse will not correct the underlying cause of the facial fat loss but will improve appearance in the treated area.

Radiesse – Are skin tests needed before treatment?

No skin testing is required prior to Radiesse treatment.

Radiesse – Who should not use Radiesse?

Talk to your practitioner about your medical history when deciding on treatment options.

You should not use Radiesse if you are allergic to any ingredient  of  Radiesse (see What is Radiesse for more info on ingredients).

You may also not choose Radiesse if you desire only a short-term augmentation or restoration.

Radiesse – Who might benefit from this treatment?

Radiesse is intended for soft tissue augmentation and restoration of the face to restore lost facial fat.

Radiesse – What is Radiesse?

RADIESSE® Volumizing Filler is FDA-approved for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds.

It is a semi-permanent injectable that  adds volume to faces and fills in wrinkles by stimulating collagen production.

Radiesse lasts longer than hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm and Restylane.

Radiesse is a synthetic material that includes particles of Calcium Hydroxylapatite in a gel carrier. Calcium Hydroxylapatite has been used in medical products for many years.

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