Before You Go
Questions to ask your doctor:
- If I've received other fillers previously, can I still get Radiesse injections?
- How long do I need to wait for a nose job if I've had Radiesse fillers?
- How much can I change the slope or shape of my nose with Radiesse injections?
Pre-procedure prep for Radiesse: Aspirin, warfarin, and ibuprofen increase bleeding, so avoid these for at least 24 hours before your appointment. Your doctor may instruct you to lock them up for longer though.
On the day of treatment: Icing the area prior to treatment may help to numb the injection site in advance, though really, there are no specific pre-prick instructions.
What To Expect
Radiesse is packaged as a white material in a 1 mL syringe. A 1 and 1/4 inch needle is used to inject the gel into your wrinkles. Radiesse has an attractive dual function - not only does it fill up wrinkles, but it also spurs the body to produce more skin-plumping collagen. Right after treatment your skin will feel puffy, tender, bumpy, or red. There's also the risk of infection, bleeding, or bruising at the penetration site.
Who should do it: The injections can only be administered by a practicing physician, such as a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. And make sure you choose a practitioner with Radiesse experience - this is a long-lived filler and misapplied Radiesse can make your face lumpy for months.
Duration: Radiesse takes about 30 minutes to administer.
How Painful Is It?
Radiesse injections are about as painful as an acute toothache, with a burning feeling that lasts about three minutes. Injections in the area around the lips can be more painful.
Options for anesthesia: Radiesse is mixed with lidocaine, a numbing agent. Prior to injection, your physician may provide an antiseptic and local anesthetic.