You’ve spent your life caring for your face, pampering it with gentle washes, nourishing moisturizers and the occasional exfoliant. Now, you’ve reached your 50s or 60s, or maybe you’re even still in your 40s, and how does your face pay you back? WHAM! With marionette lines, saggy jowls, deep lines around your nose and a hollowed-out area around your cheeks and temples. Suddenly, your midface region is sliding downward like an ice cream sundae on a hot summer’s day, and it’s dragging the rest of your face along for the ride.
Not so long ago, putting the brakes on midface aging – and reversing the effects it causes – meant a surgical face lift procedure with a lot of bruising and downtime, not to mention some pretty substantial discomfort. But today, dermal fillers are helping millions of women and men turn back the clock on facial aging, offering a far simpler (and safer) way to reduce lines and wrinkles, restore lost volume in the lip area, and even plump up sagging skin in the cheeks and temples. The result: A more youthful, rejuvenated appearance without the need for incisions, sutures and anesthesia – and without post-op downtime. There are plenty of fillers to choose from today, but for midface rejuvenation, Radiesse® is one of the best.
How Long Does Radiesse® Last?
In addition to offering immediate restoration of lost volume by plumping up lines, depressions and hollowed-out areas, the tiny CaHA microparticles contained in Radiesse® also work to stimulate the production of natural collagen, one of the most important “building blocks” of firm, youthful skin. When we’re young, collagen fibers form strong networks that help skin stay firm and resilient. It’s these collagen networks that enable youthful skin to “bounce back” when touched, and they also help repel lines and wrinkles. But as we get older, our skin produces far less collagen than it used to, and that means it’s physiologically more inclined to form wrinkles, lines and creases, simply because a lot of that natural elasticity has been lost. Radiesse® microparticles work inside the skin structure to “ramp up” natural collagen production, resulting in new collagen networks that help skin continue to appear plumper, firmer and more resilient over time. That means even as the CaHA breaks down and is absorbed by the body, you can continue to enjoy great results and smoother, more youthful-looking skin for a year or more after your initial treatment.
Is Radiesse® just for the face?
No, Radiesse® injections can also be used to help plump up hands, helping to replace volume lost due to aging so hands don’t look “veiny,” bony and old. Your hands take the same environmental beating as your face, plus you spend lots of time washing your hands (and maybe doing dishes too). That means your hands are exposed to harsh detergents all day long, speeding up the aging process that’s triggered by years of sun exposure. Like your face, your hands wind up losing the collagen networks that once helped them look and feel plump and firm. Radiesse® injections bring the same benefits to aging hands, restoring volume so your hands regain a more youthful appearance.
What Happens During Radiesse® Treatment?
Before Radiesse® is injected, your face will be carefully evaluated to determine the best placement for the filler so you can achieve the results you’re looking for. Depending on your treatment goals, multiple injections sites may be used to get the best effects. Once those sites are identified, the skin will be gently cleansed, and the Radiesse® formulation will be injected using fine needles for minimal discomfort. A topical anesthetic or lidocaine can be used to numb the area for greater comfort in patients who are especially sensitive.
At Florida Aesthetics and Medical Weight Loss, all injectors are board certified so you can feel completely confident in your results. Most treatments take a half hour or less to complete, and there’s no downtime, so you can go back to your regular activities immediately afterward.
How Does Radiesse® Work?
Radiesse® uses a special formulation of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres, tiny particles that provide immediate volume to “plump up” areas of lost volume and fill in lines and wrinkles from beneath the skin’s surface.
As an FDA-approved midface filler, Radiesse® is a true workhorse with plenty of applications: It’s ideal for filling in lines and folds around the nose and mouth and to eliminate marionette lines, those deep creases that extend from the corners of the mouth down along the chin. As a temples filler, it helps revitalize tired-looking eyes. Plus, it’s an ideal choice to revive youthful plumpness to the cheeks and the “pre-jowl” area along the sides of the face, helping to gently lift the lower jowl area for a sleeker, more youthful profile.
Is Radiesse® the best solution for all facial rejuvenation needs?
Not necessarily; there are plenty of dermal fillers on the market today, each with its own special formulations and benefits. Scheduling a personal consultation is the best way to find out if Radiesse® is a good choice for you, or if another filler might offer the results you’re looking for. If you’d like to learn more about Radiesse® or other anti-aging treatments that can help you look and feel your best, call Florida Aesthetics and Medical Weight Loss at 813-345-4044 and schedule a free consultation today.