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Radiesse Treatment

What is Radiesse?

Radiesse is a filler meaning that it can be used where you have wrinkles, scars and furrows. Our dermatologist has written two papers about Radiesse that were published in the dermatology literature. He is one of the first physicians in the New York area to use Radiesse.

Where can Radiesse be used?

Radiesse can be used in the lines that go from the corners of the nose to the lips, for facial wasting and lipoatrophy and for other areas as well.

Can treatment with Radiesse™ be a lunchtime procedure?

Yes, Radiesse™ can be performed as a “lunchtime” procedure meaning that a patient can often go back to work afterwards though possibly with make-up or cover-up.

Can treatment with Radiesse? Be combined with other treatments for wrinkles such as Botox® Cosmetic?

Yes—check our section on Wrinkles.

Is it FDA approved?

Yes, like Botox® Cosmetic, Radiesse is FDA approved. Radiesse™ is FDA approved for both wrinkles and HIV associated lipoatrophy.

How is it applied?

Because no cream can penetrate to help deep wrinkles, like other fillers, Radiesse needs to be injected.

Radiesse Treatment

What is Radiesse made from?

It is made in a test tube, from material known as calcium hydroxylapatite, similar to what bone is made from. It is sterile and thus far seems to not cause allergic reactions.

What are the risks, side effects and complications for treatment?

While complications are uncommon, occasionally nodules have been formed. They mainly occur inside the lip, so we do not use Radiesse there. If you develop nodules they be need to be injected with cortisone to dissolve them or be surgically removed. Otherwise you may develop redness, bruising, asymmetry most of which resolves on its own. Touch-ups can be needed. Also Radiesse may show up on x-rays, so you need to let your dentists or doctor or X-ray technician be aware of this.

How long does Radiesse last?

The actual longevity is unclear but in most patients, Radiesse may last from several months up to one year. Touch-ups are frequently necessary after two to four weeks in order for the treatment to be successful. Radiesse generally lasts longer than collagen and similar materials.

Is it painful?

Generally we use topical and local anesthesia before using Radiesse.

How can I get started with Radiesse treatments for my wrinkles or lipodystrophy?

Just call our office today at (212) 557-2600 or e-mail us anytime and set up a Consultation for your condition. If time permits and you qualify for this procedure, we may be able to begin treatment on the day of your consultations.