You may have heard that Radiesse can add volume to your skin and significantly reduce your wrinkles, but did you also know that it is one of the most long-lasting ways to treat the signs of aging? In fact, many people choose this treatment specifically because they can enjoy the results for so long. At Aesthetic Surgical Arts/Mia Bella Donna Medspa in Overland Park, KS, we can tell you everything you need to know about this treatment.
How Long Does It Last?
Most people who get this treatment can still see the skin-smoothing benefits between one and two years after their injections. The reason it lasts so long has to do with the dual way it fights the signs of aging. First, its water-based gel provides an immediate visual improvement to your facial structure and wrinkles. Second, it stimulates your natural anti-aging process. Therefore, you can continue to enjoy the results long after the product itself wears off.
What Is This Treatment?
Radiesse is a dermal filler that treats loss of volume, fine lines, and wrinkles. It provides an effective solution for people whose skin has changed as a result of the natural process of aging. Like other dermal fillers, it is an injectable that can treat the deep layers of skin without requiring surgery or downtime.
What Signs of Aging Can This Treatment Improve?
This injectable has powerful skin-rejuvenating capabilities that can target a range of issues. It’s ability to make a visible difference in your wrinkles and facial contouring beats that of most over-the-counter products and even many professional treatments. It can improve:
- Crows feet
- Glabellar lines
- Nasolabial folds
- Brow lines
- Other types of fine lines and wrinkles
- Loss of volume in the face
- Loss of volume in the hands
- Skin that has started to sag
Is This Treatment Safe?
Yes: in fact, this treatment is one of the safest options you can choose. It has earned two FDA approvals through numerous clinical tests. By passing an extensive vetting process, it was also awarded CE mark certification and several other FDA approvals. You can rest assured that the chance of side effects is virtually zero.
Overall, this treatment is a safe option for people who want a mild approach that delivers powerful results. It is nonsurgical, meaning that it does not carry a risk of scarring or require a recovery period. It is also hypoallergenic, making it is safe for people who might run the risk of irritation with other treatments.
How Does This Treatment Work?
This filler can deliver remarkable, natural-looking results because it is made from substances that are biocompatible with elements that occur within the human body. Young skin stays tight and smooth because it can keep itself hydrated and well-nourished. Over time, our skin changes and we lose this ability.
This treatment features a water-based gel that contains calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHA) microspheres. These ingredients work to compensate for the skin’s changes and re-initiate the process by which it can heal itself. After this treatment, you will enjoy an instant boost to your appearance and the lasting effects of your skin’s natural ability to keep wrinkles away.
Understanding How Skin Changes
In the past, fine lines, wrinkles, and volume loss were issues that were difficult to correct without surgery. Topical creams could moisturize the skin and provide minimal improvements, but a real, noticeable difference was difficult to achieve. Today, we understand more about how the skin changes. As a result, treatments like this one can address the underlying causes and offer results that were unimaginable before. Here’s why we see wrinkles and volume loss in the first place:
Loss of Collagen
Collagen is a protein that your body produces to keep your skin tight and healthy. It is responsible for maintaining your appearance in a number of ways, from repairing scar tissue to supporting your skin’s structure. Young people have an abundance of collagen, which helps their hands stay smooth and their faces remain wrinkle-free. However, we lose collagen at a rate of 1% to 2% every year after we turn 30. That’s one of the main reasons why we start to notice changes in the tone and texture of our skin as we get older.
Without an abundance of collagen, the muscle contractions that give us the ability to make facial expressions create fine lines and wrinkles. Your face has 43 different muscles. Every time you make a smile, a frown or any other expression, your muscles contract and your skin folds. Without collagen to smooth out the skin after it relaxes, you start to retain the impression of these movements. As a result, fine lines and wrinkles form in the places where your skin folds repeatedly.
Loss of Other Natural Fillers
Collagen isn’t the only anti-aging substance that decreases over time. Elastin, hyaluronic acid, and lipids all work to allow the skin to retain moisture and stay smooth. As we begin to produce less and less of these substances, our skin becomes thinner and more prone to dryness. Without our natural fillers, fine lines and wrinkles are more prone to develop, and they are more noticeable when they appear. Over time, sagging skin occurs because of the loss of support.
Loss of Blood Flow
Our skin gets the nutrients it needs to repair itself and maintain a healthy appearance through our blood flow. As we get older, the delivery of vitamins and antioxidants to our skin slows down, limiting our natural ability to maintain a youthful look.
The Good News
Don’t be disheartened by the details of this process. By understanding it, skincare experts have been able to develop new treatments that can restore volume, replace our natural fillers, and refresh our complexions. In particular, Radiesse is actually able to initiate a process called collagenesis, which helps our body produce more of this age-fighting protein. With this treatment, you can restore the attractive contours of your face, control wrinkles, and give yourself a renewed, healthy appearance.
How Does the Radiesse Approach Deliver Long-Lasting Results?
If you don’t want to live with volume loss and wrinkles, there are many effective treatments that can help, including other injectables and dermal fillers. This treatment stands out because it has so much longevity. Here’s what makes it effective and why it lasts so long:
It Gives Your Skin Volume and Lift Instantly
Injectables are among the only treatments that can restore volume to your skin and lift the contours of your face and your hands. This treatment achieves these improvements with its gel, which works instantly to decrease sagging and give your face a more youthful shape. You will see these effects immediately.
It Restores Your Ability to Produce Collagen in Abundance
The best way to get skin that looks naturally youthful is by working with your body’s own ability to rejuvenate itself. The calcium-based microspheres that this treatment delivers help to improve the appearance of wrinkles and ramp up collagen production in your skin. Over time, the microspheres are absorbed by your body, but the natural collagen remains.
It Outperforms Most Other Treatments
This treatment outlasts makeup, topical creams, and other professional methods. The illusion of primer and foundation only lasts for as long as you wear the products. Topical creams usually don’t make a noticeable difference in the more advanced signs of aging. Even many professional treatments need to be repeated every few months.
If you are looking for a way to get results that can truly improve the way your skin looks for a significant period of time, this treatment is one of the best options. Its longevity has been proven in clinical studies, and hundreds of thousands of patients have experienced its lasting results first-hand.
Some Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What If I Want to Maintain My Results Beyond One or Two Years?
A: You can expect your initial results to last for up to two years. After that, it is easy to maintain them for as long as you want. Just make an appointment to refresh your injections. You won’t have to schedule too many touch-up appointments because this treatment delivers lasting results every time.
Q: Who Is a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
A: Almost anyone who would enjoy the look and feel of rejuvenated skin can benefit from this treatment. It is safe for most skin types, and it works for both men and women. It is an especially good option for you if you want an alternative to surgical procedures. People who are prone to develop reactions from treatments that are not hypoallergenic are also very good candidates.
Finally, if you have tried at-home remedies and less effective approaches in the past, this treatment can finally help you meet the goals you’ve been trying to achieve. It is primarily intended for patients who have moderate to severe wrinkles, so it is able to address conditions that do not respond to other methods.
Q: How Is This Treatment Done?
A: The process of administering the injections is very straightforward and fast. When you come in, we will first cleanse your skin. The actual injections require less than half an hour. Most patients report that they do not cause any significant discomfort, and the formula can be mixed with a lidocaine solution to desensitize the injection site if you’re concerned.
Q: What Should I Do After This Treatment?
A: There is no downtime, so you can go back to work and resume other normal activities immediately. We recommend that you do not do strenuous exercises immediately after your treatment, because they can cause the product to move out into other areas of your face. However, the myth that you need to remain as still as possible after getting dermal fillers is untrue.
We recommend that you avoid intense sun exposure and makeup for 24 hours after your appointment. You can resume your exercise schedule the day after you are treated.
Q: When Will I Start to See the Results?
A: The gel will go to work smoothing and volumizing your skin immediately. Over the next week, you will continue to see improvements in your skin as the calcium-based microspheres encourage the production of collagen.
Q: How Is This Treatment Different From Botox?
A: Botox is another injectable that can improve skin after you start to lose collagen. However, it works in a very different way. Dermal fillers restore your skin’s ability to remain smooth despite repetitive muscle contractions. Radiesse does this mainly by stimulating collagen. By contrast, the idea behind Botox is that by inhibiting these movements, we can stop fine lines and wrinkles from forming. Botox does not stimulate the production of more collagen. Instead, it uses a neurotoxin to relax the muscles whose movements cause the skin to crease.
One especially important difference is that dermal fillers can volumize the skin, plumping away wrinkles that have already formed. Botox does not add volume. Therefore, it is more effective as a way to prevent fine lines from deepening.
Q: Can I Continue to Get Other Injectables and Professional Treatments?
A: Yes. In fact, this treatment works very well in combination with some other methods. For example, many people choose to get dermal fillers and Botox together. The Botox relaxes the muscles that are most likely to cause wrinkles, while the fillers help your body smooth away any creases that do occur. You can also use different approaches in various areas of your face, depending on the severity of the wrinkles you see. Botox tends to work better for more mild signs of aging, while dermal fillers are highly effective against deeper wrinkles and volume loss.
If your skincare approach includes other treatments such as the Hydrafacial or microdermabrasion, you can absolutely continue them after getting dermal fillers. Sometimes, it is best to wait for a set period of time after your injections before getting these treatments, so just let us know if that is your plan. We will help you establish a professional skincare schedule.
Q: How Can I Optimize My Results at Home?
A: You can achieve the best skin of your life through a combination of professional treatments and good daily practices. To support healthy collagen levels you can:
- Wear SPF every day
- Drink lots of water
- Cleanse and moisturize twice a day
- Eat a nutritious diet
- Abstain from smoking
Schedule a Consultation
If you would like to learn more about this treatment, come in for a free consultation. You can ask all the questions you have and even tour our practice. After doing an assessment of your skin, we will be able to tell you exactly how this treatment will benefit you. We look forward to meeting you and discussing all of the best skincare options together.
Get Clinically-Proven, Long-Lasting Rejuvenation With Radiesse
When you love the results of a skincare treatment, you want them to last as long as possible. With Radiesse, you will enjoy amazing effects for one to two years. Your fine lines and wrinkles won’t be a daily concern anymore, and your skin will look smooth and hydrated all the time. This treatment offers you benefits that others can’t, such as the ability to restore volume and boost your natural collagen levels. If you are tired of topical products that underperform, it could be time to discover the benefits for yourself.
Contact Aesthetic Surgical Arts/Mia Bella Donna Medspa in Overland Park, KS for more information about this treatment. We can help you understand your skin, and our treatments will make a real, visual difference.