Dermal fillers are designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging, delivering long-lasting results. Radiesse is a highly effective dermal filler that effectively treats fine lines and volume loss in the face.

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What is Radiesse?

First approved by the FDA in 2006, Radiesse is a potent injectable dermal filler that has exploded in popularity. The formula contains calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHA), a mineral that is able to replenish lost volume in the skin. What sets Radiesse apart from its contemporaries is its use of microsphere technology, which works by stimulating new collagen production around all of the treatment areas. In a simultaneous process, the calcium hydroxyapatite gel microspheres fill in areas that have experienced volume loss, reducing any visible lines and wrinkles. 

Radiesse provides patients with a solution to volume loss and triggers collagen production to help keep it at bay long term. The processes initiated by the procedure carry on long after the treatment. As the calcium hydroxyapatite formula is metabolized by the body, collagen production will continue to proliferate, resulting in long-lasting improvements. These results can last anywhere from six months to a year. For some patients, the results may even last as long as two years.

What are the benefits of Radiesse?

  • Free of allergens
  • A quick procedure
  • Can address everything from fine lines and wrinkles to acne scars
  • Can improve contours in the cheeks, nose, and jawline regions
  • The results can last up to two years
  • The treatment requires fewer injections, meaning that it’s more affordable than alternative options
  • The results look totally natural 
  • Patients can get back to their normal schedules following the procedure, as there is no downtime

Who is a good candidate for Radiesse?

This treatment is considered to be ideal for adults who are experiencing signs of aging around the mouth region. While most adult patients make good candidates, pregnancy and breastfeeding can lead to complications with the treatment. As such, these individuals are not considered to be good candidates. Beyond that, patients who struggle with chronic skin allergies may not be good candidates for the procedure.

While many who seek out Radiesse injections are in their 50s or older, it is also a great treatment for those who wish to get a headstart on combating aging earlier on in life. It is now a popular option for patients in their 20s, 30s, and 40s.

Radiesse is particularly effective at treating severe, deeper-set wrinkles. As such, patients with less severe lines and wrinkles may want to look into alternative options for treatment.

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How is the Radiesse procedure carried out? 

The Radiesse procedural process is similar to most other dermal filler treatments. The first step involves carefully planning out the injection sites and marking them on the patient’s face. An anesthetic will then be applied to the face to ensure that the patient is relaxed and comfortable throughout the treatment. The filler is then injected into the regions of the cheekbones and jawline. The filler plumps areas that have been affected by volume loss while modifying the contours of the midface and jawline. 
What makes Radiesse special is that it allows for a wider range of facial regions to be targeted when compared to other dermal fillers. The injections only take a few moments to administer and they are practically painless. Following the injections, the treated areas are gently massaged to create an even distribution of the filler. This process is repeated until the patient’s desired look is attained.

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What is the recovery process like?

Radiesse comes with virtually no downtime. That said, there will be some minor swelling which can be reduced by applying an ice pack. While there is usually some slight discomfort around the treatment sites following the procedure, it is usually mild and will fade away quickly. 

Some patients may notice an excessively swollen appearance around the treatment site or something similar to an allergic reaction. While these conditions may seem like a cause for alarm, they are usually temporary and dissipate within a few hours. If such conditions persist, however, patients are encouraged to call their practitioner right away.

What risks are associated with Radiesse?

Dermal fillers are seldom associated with any risks. Nonetheless, there are some to keep note of in the event that they occur. Some things to look out for include:

  • Persistent swelling and bruising around the injection site
  • Asymmetrical contours in the face
  • Large lumps developing beneath the skin
  • Loss or changes in skin sensation

As with any cosmetic procedure, the best way to minimize the risk of complications and side effects with Radiesse is to refer to a board-certified practitioner. Beyond that, any treatment should be carried out in an accredited hospital, facility, or private practice.

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Why choose Dr. Few?

For years Dr. Julius Few has been highly-revered for his precision and unmatched skill in the world of cosmetology. Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the Chicago Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Few has a wealth of experience that he incorporates into every procedure he performs. He prioritizes communication above all else and connects with his patients to ensure that they feel totally comfortable expressing what they are looking for. His compassion is only outweighed by his incredible attention to detail, which enable him to provide some of the best cosmetic care Chicago has to offer. 

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