Radiesse is a semi-solid implant injected into the skin via needle to fill unwanted wrinkles and lines around the nose and mouth. The artificial substance is made of a calcium-rich compound that plumps up the skin wherever desired - usually inside the nasolabial folds, or in sunken cheeks. Almost 200,000 Radiesse injections were completed in 2009.
What It's Good For
Radiesse is typically injected in the lines around the mouth, where the deepest facial wrinkles are commonly found. It's also used to treat pre-jowls, and cheek depressions - signs of aging that result from fat loss. Because of the filler's relatively thick nature when compared to other injectables, Radiesse is not suitable around the eyes and in the lips.
Who it works for: Radiesse treats severe wrinkles and facial folds. If you're new to the realm of wrinkles, then Radiesse may be not be the best beginner's filler. You may want to test a less aggressive product first.
Recommended age range: Radiesse may not be safe in patients under 18 years old.
When will I see results?: After Radiesse injections, you'll notice immediate fullness. You'll see continued improvement as collagen growth picks up.
How long it lasts: Results can last for up to two years (though one year is a more likely scenario).
Key benefits of Radiesse: Radiesse is a good value - thick and long-lasting. It can also be used as a "temporary" nose job to smooth out the bridge or lift the tip of your nose.
Licensed uses: Radiesse was approved by the FDA in December 2006 to treat moderate to severe wrinkles and folds - smile lines, marionette lines, a downturned mouth, and pre-jowls included.