Radiesse (formerly marketed as Radiance) is a cosmetic dermal filler that is used throughout the world to diminish the appearance of wrinkles, lines, and facial folds. It is FDA-approved for subdermal implantation for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds. In addition to the long-lasting results it provides as a cosmetic filler, Radiesse is also FDA-approved in the United States to treat oral and maxillofacial defects, vocal cord deficiencies, and is used in the treatment of facial lipoatrophy (facial wasting) in patients with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Radiesse is a cosmetic filler that has small microspheres (particles) suspended in a gel-like solution. There is no need for an allergy test prior to Radiesse filler injections since the microspheres are comprised of calcium hydroxylapatite, a substance naturally found in the body. Prior to Radiesse injection, local or topical anesthetic is typically used, after which the Radiesseis injected beneath the skin using a very fine needle. After the procedure, some minor inflammation and swelling can occur, though this usually clears up within two to four days. Patients may also experience some temporary mild discomfort or tenderness. Most patients are able to immediately resume their normal activities.

For the first three months after Radiesse treatment, it acts as a cosmetic filler, plumping up the skin and diminishing age lines. Then, Radiesse microspheres stimulate natural collagen growth, actually causing new tissue development for extended results (up to two years). In addition, Radiesse is useful in the treatment of facial lipoatrophy (a stigmatizing effect of HIV), vocal cord deficiencies, oral and maxillofacial defects, as well as scars and chin dimples.

Candidates for Radiesse cosmetic filler treatment include patients showing obvious signs of facial aging. Radiesse candidates commonly seek treatment for prominent smile lines, marionette lines, and other facial wrinkles. Radiesse can also be used as an alternative to implant surgery, providing augmentation to a patient’s nose, cheeks, or chin.

Dr. Green and Dr. Huang can help you determine which filler is appropriate for you.