What is Radiesse dermal filler?
Radiesse is a collection of aesthetic implants designed and manufactured by Merz Aesthetics. The fillers are made of 70% artificial calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres of only 25 to 45 microns in size suspended in a gel carrier. This aqueous gel carrier solution is composed of carboxymethylcellulose, glycerin, and high purity water. There is a total of 4 different variations of Radiesse fillers.
Radiesse® (+) 0.8mL with Lidocaine
Radiesse® (+) 1.5mL with Lidocaine
All the fillers above share the same gel formulation but different packaging volume. Patients who are hypersensitive to the anaesthetic lidocaine can opt for the ones without lidocaine. The fillers are famed for their durable performance which can last up to a year or more.
What is it used for?
The calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres are calcium and phosphate ions bonded together. This substance functions a ...
The face is the most important means to convey expression; a way to indicate outwardly how we are feeling inside. Facial movement requires muscle motion beneath the skin. These facial movements often cause what is known as temporary, transient dynamic wrinkles to form in the skin—smiling, for instance, creates lines around the eyes and deepens the nasolabial folds. In young, elastic skin, the wrinkles disappear after making the movement. However, when combined with other factors that predispose the skin to wrinkle formation, facial expressions, like smiling, laughing, and frowning, can in fact cause persistence of or increase the severity of wrinkles. Some factors that contribute to wrinkle formation include age, ultraviolet radiation exposure, as well as intrinsic biological factors such as muscle atrophy and fat loss.
What are smile lines?
Common types of wrinkles known to arise from repeated muscle motion usually have colloquial names that come from the facial expression t ...
What are chronic migraines?
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Botox (BTX) injections and migraines
The discovery that Botox (a brand name of botulinum toxin type A) is effective for treating migraines was accidental. Patients receiving BTX treatment for forehead wrinkles started noticing an improvement in their headaches as well. This was explored further in clinical trials which suggested that BTX treatment may be beneficial for sufferers of a particular type of headache, i.e. those afflicted with chronic migraines. Based on these results, as well a ...