What Is Radiesse?

This dermal filler is designed to help reduce folds and wrinkles, including nasolabial folds (those creases that form around the corners of your mouth and nose) by adding volume. A water-based gel suspends microspheres that are calcium-based and resemble minerals that occur in the body naturally, eliminating the need for allergy testing. Over time this gel and microspheres are absorbed by the body, leaving naturally occurring collagen in its place. RADIESSE is comprised of Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres suspended in an aqueous gel carrier. Once injected, it provides immediate volume and correction but continues to work by stimulating the body to produce its own natural collagen. Over time, the gel is absorbed and the body metabolizes the CaHA microspheres leaving behind only your own natural collagen.

Who Is a Good Candidate for RADIESSE?

RADIESSE is typically recommended for adults aged 35 to 60 who exhibit mild to moderate signs of aging and desire treatment for wrinkles, frown lines, smile lines, or facial volume loss. Your dermatologist can assess your suitability for RADIESSE during a cosmetic consultation.

This filler is commonly suggested for individuals seeking to:

  • Address deep wrinkles and folds
  • Soften laugh lines, smile lines, and perioral wrinkles
  • Minimize nasal wrinkles
  • Enhance nasal contours non-surgically
  • Restore volume to sunken cheeks
  • Improve the appearance of scars
  • Define the jawline
  • Revitalize aging skin on the hands

Before starting treatment, it’s crucial to discuss your medical history with your dermatologist to identify any potential risks.

While RADIESSE is generally well-tolerated by most skin types, you may not be an ideal candidate if you:

  • Have allergies to RADIESSE components or numbing agents like lidocaine
  • Have a history of severe allergic reactions, particularly with hypersensitive skin
  • Experience bleeding disorders
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding

How Does RADIESSE Dermal Filler Treatment Work?

RADIESSE is administered directly into the dermal and subcutaneous layers of the skin using a fine needle to minimize bruising and discomfort. Prior to treatment, a topical anesthetic or numbing cream is applied to enhance comfort. Lidocaine can also be incorporated into RADIESSE for added pain relief during the procedure. Following injection, immediate improvements in skin smoothness and youthfulness are noticeable. Moreover, RADIESSE’s ingredients stimulate collagen production, contributing to long-term rejuvenation. The procedure is typically brief and requires minimal downtime, making it convenient for patients to schedule during their lunch break without needing time off work.

Did you know ?

Radiesse is the only dermal filler approved for treating hands. It can improve appearance of hands by restoring lost volume, minimizing visibility of veins & tendons, and provide a smooth natural result.


Is Radiesse treatment painful?

As Radiesse is mixed with lidocaine and is administered with an injection in a process that takes less than an hour to achieve, there’s little to no pain involved. Patients report that there is a significant reduction in pain with these injections.

How long will my results from Radiesse last, and how soon will I see them?

Radiesse results are immediately visible following treatment, with restored volume immediately smoothing out signs related to aging. In many patients these results are seen to last in excess of a year.

Can I benefit from Radiesse treatment?

Radiesse has been approved for treating folds and wrinkles that are moderate to severe in nature. Patients who have demonstrated an allergy to anything in the treatment, or those who have a bleeding disorder, should avoid use of the product. Additionally those who experience allergic reactions to medications like lidocaine should not use Radiesse.

Are there any potential side-effects from Radiesse?

The side effects experienced by those receiving the Radiesse treatment include mild cases of itching, swelling, tenderness, and pain. These side-effects are typically mild and short-lived. If any other side-effects occur following treatment contact your health care provider.

Is there anything I need to tell my doctor prior to receiving a Radiesse treatment?

If you are presently taking medication that serves as a blood-thinner or interferes with bloods ability to clot you need to inform your physician. While bleeding at the site of injection is a possible side-effect of the treatment these increase the likelihood that you’ll experience bleeding and bruising.

What are the risks associated with receiving Radiesse?

While very rare there is a slight possibility of the injection being placed into a blood-vessel which can result in serious and potentially permanent complications. These complications can include blindness, temporary scabs, vision abnormalities, stroke, or permanent scarring of the skin. If you experience any of these symptoms contact your physician immediately.