What is Hyperdilute Radiesse? 

Radiesse is different from hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers like Restylane,  RHA, or Juvederm. Radiesse works by stimulating your body to make  collagen, which is a protein that provides skin with hydration, volume,  and elasticity. The filler is made up of microspheres of calcium  hydroxyapatite (CaHA), a substance also found in bones, that are  suspended in a gel. The Radiesse is combined with saline and  lidocaine to make Hyperdilute Radiesse. The dilution reduces the  thickness and facilitates its even spread, encouraging skin stimulation  through more direct contact with tissues. 

Similar to HA fillers, Radiesse works immediately to improve the  treated area. But over time, the gel is fully absorbed and the body  metabolizes the CaHA microspheres, leaving behind your own natural  collagen, which lasts for approximately 12–24 months. 

The Hyperdilute Radiesse has a mild volumizing effect immediately  after injection, but over time produces biostimulation to improve the  tone, texture, and even tighten skin. It is most commonly used in the  face, neck, chest, and arms in patients who have skin laxity from  photo-damage and the normal aging process. It can also be used in  other areas of the body, such as thighs and buttocks.  

Ideal Candidate

Patients that have areas with skin laxity, crepe-like skin, and/or areas  of cellulite.  

-Does not have an allergy to any products used in treatment.

-Does not have infection, any recent antibiotic use. 

-Are generally healthy. 

-Does not have autoimmune disease. 

-Does not have difficulty healing. 

-Does not have a history of keloid scarring.

Potential Side Effects

As with any filler injection, there can be a variable amount of bruising  and swelling, which subside in 1-2 weeks. Although uncommon, if a  bump is seen or felt after swelling and bruising have resolved, it can  be addressed in clinic with a small injection and massage. 

The Treatment 

The appointment is typically 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on areas  being treated. We place topical numbing on the skin prior to treatment  to minimize discomfort. The Hyperdilute Radiesse also has a numbing  medication, Lidocaine in it so it is a relatively comfortable procedure.  

Most patients will require a series of treatments spaced one month  apart. After the initial series we encourage patients to maintain the  treatment once every 12 to 24 months. Results are typically seen  between 2 to 4 months and continue to improve for up to 6 months,  these results last about 12-24 months.  

Post Treatment 

We do encourage massaging the treated area twice daily for the first  week. Other than mild bruising, swelling, and minimal discomfort there  is no real downtime and patients can resume normal activity after  treatment.

To learn more about radiesse, schedule an appointment at West Sound Dermatology. Call our office or contact us online for any questions.

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