What is Radiesse Plus?

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RADIESSE™ dermal filler is setting a new standard for facial contouring and augmentation. The filler immediately adds volume to safely contour, correct, and beautify facial features while continuing to work over time. The dermal filler has patented microsphere technology and stimulates the body to produce new collagen for a soft, natural look that lasts. RADIESSE™ dermal filler is made of unique patented calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres that are suspended in a water-based gel carrier. When injected into the skin, these microspheres initially perform as a filler - they immediately provide facial volume for a soft, natural look. The transformation is noticeable right away. Over time, your body will gradually absorb the gel carrier, leaving the very tiny, smooth microspheres to remain. These microspheres start a process in your body called neocollagenesis, or the creation of new collagen. New collagen production will begin in your own body and encourages collagen growth around the injection site(s).




Pre-Treatment Guidelines

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Before The Procedure:

  • Discontinue Aspirin and Ibuprofen products (Advil, Motrin) for ten (10) days prior to treatment. Tylenol is permitted.
  • Avoid Vitamin E supplements for ten (10) days prior to treatment. Regular multivitamins are permitted.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages for 48 hours prior to the treatment.
  • Wash your hair the night before or the morning of the procedure.
  • Routine medications may be taken the morning of the procedure with a light breakfast.


Post-Treatment Guidelines

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After The Procedure:

  • Most patients can return to work immediately after the procedure. Normal showering is permitted the day after the procedure.

  • Keep your head elevated for the remainder of the day and use several pillows to rest your head on at night.

  • No traveling right after the treatment.
  • Apply an ice pack 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off for about 6 hours to reduce swelling and bruising.
  • Try to rest for 12 to 24 hours. You may return to exercise once you feel up to it, but wait at least 24 hours.
  • Swelling will slowly disappear over 1-2 weeks.
  • Pain is usually minimal and typically consists of mild soreness. Conditions improve over the first seven (7) days. Extra Strength Tylenol is generally all that is required. If you have pain unrelieved by Tylenol, please contact our office.
  • If a prescription for an antibiotic is given to you, please take all of them as directed. Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen or Vitamin E supplements for five (5) days after the procedure.
  • Do not receive any massage, laser, or facial treatments within the following 2 weeks.
  • Please avoid tanning until after all bruising resolves.



Q&A

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How long does this procedure last?
The actual injection process takes roughly 20-30 minutes, but the procedure requires no downtime and patients can return to work and other scheduled activities immediately. Though it is important to avoid extensive movements in the treated facial areas, which can move the gel out of the targeted areas.



When can I see the results?
Immediately upon injection, RADIESSE™ restores volume to smooth out the signs of aging and continues to work over time. The calcium spheres require about 1-2 months for your body to metabolize and takes about another 1-2 months for full results to show. In many cases, results may last up to a year or more.



What are some common side effects?
Most common adverse effects include bruising, redness, swelling, itching, and other local side effects. These effects generally last for a short time and are mild in nature. You should not use RADIESSE™ if you have an allergy to any component of the product, if you have a history of severe allergies, have a bleeding disorder, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or have any infections on or near the injection site(s). You should not use RADIESSE™ if you have an allergy to lidocaine or medicines like it.