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Radiesse® Benefits and Risks

Posted April 16, 2012 in Plastic Surgery, Radiesse

Young woman smiling at cameraRadiesse® is an injectable soft tissue filler used to correct facial imperfections that result from aging. Radiesse® restores volume to the face and stimulates the body’s natural production of collagen. Collagen provides the skin with its elasticity, strength, and fullness. As the aging process progresses, the production of collagen declines, which results in the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and deep folds in the skin. Radiesse® improves the appearance of the skin by plumping and smoothing the surface. With the use of Radiesse®, you can revitalize and rejuvenate your appearance while still achieving completely natural-looking results. Radiesse® injections are minimally invasive and may be used in the treatment and correction of many facial imperfections. Once injected, Radiesse® produces immediate results, allowing our San Francisco plastic surgery patients to achieve a more youthful and refreshed appearance all within the same day of undergoing treatment.

Is Radiesse® Right for Me?

Because there are many dermal filler options available today, plastic surgeon Kimberly Henry will evaluate your individual needs and goals to customize a treatment plan that is completely unique to you. Radiesse® may be used to correct or minimize nasolabial folds, marionette lines, smile lines, frown lines, and a multitude of other facial imperfections. If you are not satisfied with your appearance because of wrinkles, fine lines, or deep folds around the mouth and cheeks, Radiesse® may be right for you. Radiesse® may also be used to increase the volume of the lips. To maximize results, Radiesse® may be used in conjunction with other treatments. For our patients in San Francisco, Restylane® in conjunction with Radiesse® may provide the transformation they are looking to achieve.

Radiesse® Benefits

The benefits of Radiesse® are many, making it an excellent treatment in the reversal of the effects of facial aging. The natural composition of Radiesse® means allergy testing is not required because there is virtually no risk of an allergic reaction. Radiesse® may be mixed with lidocaine to minimize any discomfort experienced during the injection process. The results of Radiesse® are long-lasting, often lasting one year or more in most patients. The calcium-based microspheres and gel that Radiesse® is comprised of provide immediate results. The entire Radiesse® treatment process normally takes between fifteen and thirty minutes to complete and requires fewer injections than other dermal fillers. Another benefit of Radiesse® is that it also requires less frequent touch-ups than other dermal fillers. The most exciting benefit of Radiesse® may be the stimulation of natural collagen growth. For the vast majority of our San Francisco patients, there is no downtime after undergoing Radiesse® treatment.

Radiesse® Risks

The Radiesse® treatment has few risks, but there are some. These risks are usually temporary and include:

  • Redness
  • Bruising
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Irritation
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • A very rare complication is the appearance of nodules, which may require steroid treatment or surgery

Contact Dr. Kimberly Henry Today

San Francisco plastic surgeon Kimberly Henry is happy to answer any questions you may have. To learn more about how Radiesse® or Restylane® can benefit you, please contact Dr. Kimberly Henry today.

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