WHAT IS RADIESSE?
Radiesse® differs from the more common hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, such as Restylane®, Hylaform® and Juvaderm®. Hyaluronic acids are molecules that can attract and hold up to one to 10,000 times their weight in water, which makes them a desirable commodity to have within our own skin. They help facilitate the filling or plumping effects that occur naturally within our skin as do other molecules known as ground substances (glycoaminoglycans and proteoglycans).
WHAT MAKES RADIESSE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER FILLERS?
Radiesse is made up of calcium hydroxylapatite, which is a bone precursor used in the building blocks of our teeth and bones. This molecular moiety (part of a molecule) is unique as dermal filler because of its longer-lasting effects and its tissue rigidity when placed within the deepest part of our skin known as the reticular dermis. Although it does not attract or hold water as other dermal fillers do, its inert but stable molecular structure makes it a valuable filler for the deepest of lines and wrinkles on our face.
WHEN SHOULD RADIESSE BE USED?
At English Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Center we feel that the best use of Radiesse is in areas of hyperkinesis, which are those areas that are in constant motion, such as the upper and lower marionettes. Where other fillers are less likely to remain, Radiesse can and does last longer here and in other areas of use. If the line or wrinkle is very deep or in constant use, we tend to place Radiesse in the deepest part of the problem area and overlay that with another hyaluronic acid product to make the depth of the line or wrinkle look less deep and more aesthetic in appearance.