Radiesse is a latex-free, pyrogen-free, biodegradable injectable soft tissue filler made of synthetic calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres suspended in a gel carrier. The aqueous gel carrier consists of smooth aqueous carboxymethylcellulose, glycerin, and high-purity water. Calcium hydroxylapatite is actually an inorganic substance with similar composition and morphology to the skeletal system. This filler material provides a filling and curative action on wrinkles by promoting new collagen cells, hence, rejuvenating lax skin from within.
This filler is contained in sterile packaging and must be stored between 15°C to 32°C. Merz Aesthetics manufactures Radiesse.
Erase deep-set wrinkles such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines. This filler is also suitable for correcting facial lipoatrophy in patients suffering from Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The disease combined with HIV drugs can alter metabolism and cause unintended facial fat loss, giving a gaunt appearance. This aesthetic injectable can plump and volumise hollowed areas seamlessly. In addition, doctors sometimes use this filler to help patients suffering from vocal cord deficiencies and other oral and maxillofacial defects. Radiesse is also available with lidocaine to help reduce discomfort during the treatment.
Calcium hydroxylapatite has garnered interest in the cosmetic industry as it functions as a stimulator to boost collagen production. Radiesse is made of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres 25 to 45 microns in size and is suspended in aqueous gel carrier. Once injected, the microspheres slowly jump-start the production of new collagen cells. These new collagen cells work to rebuild the diminished framework for other cells to cling on. Over time, the body’s tissues metabolise the filler, leaving behind only the naturally produced collagen. As a result, skin becomes firmer and healthier.
Radiesse is categorised a Class 3 Medical Device and should only be handled by certified and experienced specialists. Since it requires minimally invasive injections, strict aseptic standards must be followed to reduce risk of inducing infections. It is famed for its superior tissue-friendly property, so skin allergy tests are not generally required. After preparing the treatment areas and medical device, inject the implant into the deep dermis or sub-dermis. The depth of injection and amount of gel required depends on the severity of the skin condition. Do not inject too superficially, as it may cause nodules. After adequate correction, discard any remaining gel and used needles. As part of the aftercare methods, patients can apply a cold compress for the first 24 hours. They should protect the treated areas from extreme temperatures (e.g. direct sunlight, sauna, tanning beds). Postpone any other aesthetic procedures until the skin has recovered completely.
Radiesse is renowned for its durable performance and has been clinically proven to last a year or more in most patients. The longevity of the effects is influenced by the patient’s age, skin condition, and lifestyle. As time passes by, the filler is slowly broken down and absorbed into the surrounding tissues.
This filler is very compatible with human tissues and does not induce immunogenic reactions. Patients also do not need to go through skin allergy testing due to its biocompability. That being said, patients who are allergic to any of the ingredients (e.g. calcium hydroxylapatite, carboxymethylcellulose, glycerin, lidocaine) are contraindicated from using this aesthetic solution. Furthermore, patients who have bleeding disorders, or are pregnant or lactating should refrain from getting this treatment.
The major dissimilarity lies in the type of filler material. Juvederm is a synthetic cross-linked hyaluronic acid-based filler that can provide instant plumping and volumising actions.
Your clients might experience some inflammatory reactions caused by injection process.
Patients who have had corrections done on the back of hands might experience additional aftereffects like loss of sensation, nodule formation, and difficulty performing activities. These reactions are temporary and should resolve within a week. Serious adverse events caused by unintentional injection into blood vessels can also happen.
The symptoms above are very serious and require prompt medical attention.
Radiesse is a latex-free, pyrogen-free, biodegradable injectable soft tissue filler made of synthetic calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres suspended in a gel carrier. The microspheres consist of calcium and phosphate ions bonded together while the carrier gel contains smooth aqueous carboxymethylcellulose, glycerin, and high-purity water. This range is created to correct facial tissue deficits, smoothing out wrinkles, and defining facial contours.