Frequently Asked Questions
What is Radiesse?
Radiesse is a dermal filler that adds volume to fill and smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles and creases in the skin, such as the nasolabial folds. (The creases that surround the mouth). Radiesse is made of calcium microspheres that are much like minerals found naturally in the body, so allergy testing is not required. Once injected, Radiesse plumps the skin for a smooth and youthful appearance. Over time, the body absorbs the microspheres and gel and stimulates the body to produce collagen naturally for long-lasting results.
How does Radiesse work?
Radiesse is an injection that works immediately. Radiesse is FDA-approved for correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds. This filler adds volume to achieve a volumized, youthful appearance. Over time, the benefits of Radiesse continue by stimulating your body’s own natural collagen production.
What areas can I use Radiesse on?
You can also use the benefits of Radiesse on:
Smile lines: Known as the nasolabial folds, these are the creases that surround the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth.
Marionette lines: Such as the name suggests, these are the lines that run downward from the corners of the mouth towards the chin.
Corners of the mouth: Also referred to as the oral commissure, these lines if turned downward, will give the appearance of frowning.
Pre-jowl fold: This is the area beneath the cheeks and along the jawline, where skin can sag due to loss of facial volume.
Chin wrinkles: Horizontal lines may form on the chin area, in the crease below the mouth.
When will I see the results of Radiesse?
You will see results immediately! It noticeably fills and restores volume within your first treatment.
How long does the results of Radiesse last?
Every person is different, and results may vary. However, the natural collagen results may last up to a year or more. Some have found that they will have results last two years.
Can I save money on Radiesse treatments?
You can absolutely save on your Radiesse appointments! The Fountain of Youth offers VIIPoints, a loyalty program that will reward you for each and every service. You can redeem these points towards any future treatments. Not only do these points never expire, but you may gift them to anyone of your choice. You will find further information here, or if you would like to contact us, we are at your disposal to answer any questions you might have.
How long will my appointment for Radiesse take?
The entire process can take fifteen minutes up to an hour, depending on how many areas you are treating during your session. We also will dedicate as much time as needed to address any questions or concerns you might have about your appointment.
Does Radiesse hurt?
Many patients ranked the pain level to be tolerable. However, if you have any concerns about pain, Radiesse is FDA-approved to mix with lidocaine (an anesthetic), which means the procedure will be much more comfortable. Within a clinical study, 90% of patients who used Radiesse mixed with lidocaine reported significant pain reduction. We also offer other pain management options that we will offer to you at your appointment to ensure that you are entirely at ease.
What should I know before my Radiesse appointment?
You may find that if you are taking blood thinners or medicines that can interfere with the clotting of blood, such as aspirin or warfarin, you may experience bruising or bleeding at the injection site. Also, if you are planning any skin treatments such as skin peels, it is best to schedule these prior to your Radiesse appointment. We also recommend minimizing strenuous activity and avoid extensive sun or heat exposure for about 24 hours after treatment.
Am I a good candidate for Radiesse?
Please feel free to contact us for a complimentary consultation, where we will access your individual needs. We will take into account your unique attributes, such as facial features, contours and face shape; to assess the best possible treatment to achieve your desired results. However, some reasons you may want to avoid using Radiesse would be if you are; pregnant or breastfeeding, have severe allergies manifested by a history of anaphylaxis or a history of any hypersensitivity to any of the components in Radiesse.
What are the possible side effects of Radiesse?
According to Radiesse, “The most common adverse events include bruising, redness, swelling, pain, tenderness and itching. These side effects generally last for a short time and are mild in nature. These are not all of the possible side effects with Radiesse.” There are rare but possible risks associated with dermal fillers. Radiesse continues, “One of the risks with using these products is unintentional injection into a blood vessel. The chances of this happening are very small, but if it does happen, the complications can be serious, and may be permanent. These complications, which have been reported for facial injections, can include vision abnormalities, blindness, stroke, temporary scabs, or permanent scarring of the skin. If you have changes in your vision, signs of a stroke (including sudden difficulty speaking, numbness or weakness in your face, arms, or legs, difficulty walking, face drooping, severe headache, dizziness, or confusion), white appearance of the skin, or unusual pain during or shortly after treatment, you should notify your health care practitioner immediately. As with all procedures that involve an injection through the skin, there is a risk of infection. Do not use if you have a skin infection or inflammation until it has healed. The microspheres can be seen in X-rays and CT scans. It is very important that you tell your health care provider that you have had any dermal filler. If you have a history of herpes, you may experience a herpes breakout after treatment. Injection in the back of the hand may result in temporary difficulty performing activities. Radiesse may cause nodules, bumps, or lumps in the back of the hand and can last up to 1 year.”
Please let us know if you experience these, or any lasting discomfort, as this is not a common result.