Radiesse® Cape Coral
What is Radiesse®?
Radiesse is FDA-approved in the US for use in correction and augmentation of faces and hands, and is offered at our office in Cape Coral.
Does Radiesse Help Build Collagen?
Yes, Radiesse collagen treatment helps your body produce collagen, naturally. This dermal filler is different than most fillers that are injected into the skin with solutions that temporarily fill lost volume and tighten the skin, producing a younger appearance. It is composed of calcium hydroxylapatite CaHA (30%) microspheres suspended in an aqueous carboxyl methylase (70%) gel carrier. CaHA is found in nature as the mineral component of human bone. Radiesse is composed of a synthetic CaHA, which shares the same biocompatibility profile of the natural compound.
The gel carrier is naturally broken down by the body over 4-12 weeks, leaving only microspheres. The microspheres are uniformly shaped and are prevented from packing tightly together, thereby forming a scaffold that promotes soft tissue formation within the tissue where the CaHA is placed. Over time, fibroblasts will lay down a collagenous extracellular matrix over the microspheres.
How Long Does Radiesse Continue Working?
Longevity of the product ranges 12-18 months, more extended in areas of decreased facial expression. Longevity of correction is dependent on multiple factors including the area of placement, the age of the patient, their rate of metabolism, etc.
CaHA microspheres (collagen producers) are not permanent; the particles slowly are broken down into calcium and phosphate ions via the body’s normal metabolic process. Typically, collagen continues to build in the dermal layers for as long as 2 years.
Post-treatment care involves the application of ice over injection areas to decrease tissue edema. Post-treatment follow up visits are typically scheduled 8-12 weeks after treatment to assess patient satisfaction and to provide touch up injections as needed. For optimal and long lasting results, a 2nd touch-up procedure is sometimes warranted, as evidence suggests that the gel carrier of CaHA resorbs at a slightly faster pace than the pace at which tissue in-growth occurs. Performing a touch-up injection at appr