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Radiesse is a long-lasting, calcium-based filler that is used to plump up and fill in the skin.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: June 26, 2012

Treatment Basics

Regulatory approval: Approved by the FDA in December 2006.

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.

Recommended Uses
Name Description Cost
Glabellar lines (frown lines) Radiesse is an excellent solution if Botox or Dysport fails to entirely dismiss your frown lines. It is especially suitable for deep frown lines. As with all injections in the forehead, take...more Radiesse costs between $750 and $1,100 per syringe.
Horizontal forehead wrinkles Radiesse is a thick, calcium-based filler. It can last up to a year in the forehead. It is very firm and not idea for “wrinkles in motion” (which typically includes forehead wrinkles....more Radiesse is only used for extremely deep and static forehead wrinkles (that is, wrinkles...more
Marionette Lines Radiesse can be used to treat marionette lines. It is made of calcium spheres suspended in collagen. While the collagen instantly fills the crevices in your skin, the calcium spheres...more Radiesse costs $750 to $1,200 per syringe.
Nasolabial folds (smile lines) Radiesse is a firm and durable filler made of tiny calcium spheres suspended in a sugar-based gel. This creates a dual action - the spheres and gel fill up the fissures of the nasolabial...more Radiesse is perhaps one of the best solutions for long-lasting plumping of the nasolabial...more
Wrinkles Radiesse fills in severe lines around the nose and mouth, like nasolabial folds and marionette lines. A thicker hyaluronic acid, Radiesse cannot be used around the tear troughs or crow's...more One syringe costs between $750 and $1,200, though deeper folds may require more than one syringe.

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.

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