What is Radiesse made from?
Radiesse is made from tiny calcium-based microspheres suspended in gel. The microspheres are similar to minerals that are found naturally in the body so allergy testing is not necessary. Eventually, the gel and the microspheres are absorbed by the body and the natural collagen remains.
How is Radiesse different from other dermal fillers?
Radiesse has been proven to stimulate the body’s natural collagen production as explained above; which leads to longer lasting results even after the product has been absorbed by the body. It also comes with 50% more product per syringe (1.5 ml vs 1.0 ml) when compared to similar products, such as Juvederm Voluma.
Does Radiesse hurt?
Radiesse is typically injected with lidocaine and discomfort is minimal. It can also be injected using needle or cannula which will change the sensation of pain experienced. It is normal to be sore for a few days post injection, after the numbing solution wears off, but this is temporary.
Ask your injector how pain can be minimized if this is a concern for you.
Is swelling normal after Radiesse injections?
Swelling is quite common after Radiesse injections and is often the most intense 1-6 hours post treatment. It can be lessened with gentle icing and over the counter products such as arnica and bromelain.
Full results are usually seen 7-14 days post injection after all of the swelling is down and the product has settled.
How long does Radiesse last?
On average it will last a year or more in most patients.
What are the side effects of Radiesse?
The most common side effects include: bruising, redness, swelling, pain, tenderness and itching.
Severe side effects such as vascular occlusion are possible with any dermal filler. A skilled injector will know how to avoid serious complications and how to respond in case of an emergency.
Talk to your injector or visit the manufacturer’s website to review the complete list of side effects.
Is Radiesse reversible?
There are new studies using sodium thiosulfate to successfully dissolve Radiesse in the case of an adverse reaction or undesired result. The process is similar to using hyaluronidase to dissolve dermal fillers made from hyaluronic acid.
Always ask your injector if they have a protocol to reverse the product in case of an adverse outcome.
How much does Radiesse cost?
As with any medical or cosmetic procedure you are not just paying for the product but also the quality, expertise and technique of the injector.
The best price does not equal the best result and it can cost much more in the long run, emotionally and financially, to have a poor result corrected than getting a great result from the start.
Pricing may also depend on the number of syringes you require and if you are having any other procedures done. An average price range for Radiesse is $600-900/syringe (1.5ml).
Is financing available for Radiesse injections?
Financing is available through Square for those who qualify. You can read more about it or apply HERE.
Discounts may be available when procedures are booked concurrently or multiple syringes are purchased together. Get in touch or schedule a free consult below!