The Radiesse Solution:
The formation of lines and creases on your face are a natural part of living, not just aging. They occur when the underlying tissues begin to break down. They also result from years of smiling, frowning, squinting or smoking. In other words, these marks of maturity are inevitable. But there is a solution. Now you can dramatically minimize lines and creases and restore vitality to your face with Radiesse.
How long will the Radiesse treatments last?
Most patients treated with Radiesse should look for corrections that last approximately nine to eighteen months.
What areas of the face are normally treated with Radiesse?
Typical Radiesse treatments include: smoothing and contouring smile lines or nasolabial folds, wrinkles at the comer of the mouth, vertical lip lines, acne scars, facial defects or recessions, frown lines, restoring volume in and around the cheeks and modest enhancements or correcting asymmetrical features.
Will Radiesse become hard, calcified or noticeable to touch?
On the contrary, Radiesse will remain soft and take on the characteristics of the surrounding tissue. New soft tissue will gradually replace the Radiesse over time with most replacement occurring within three months. Patients report Radiesse remaining soft and passing the "kiss test."
Does treatment hurt?
A mild localized anesthetic is normally used to minimize or usually eliminate the pain associated with this type of treatment. The numbing effects will wear off in 15 minutes to a couple of hours depending on the anesthetic used by your physician. We have had no reports of pain afterwards.
Are there any lingering effects of the treatment and when can I return to my normal activities?
There is minor inflammation or swelling from the treatment as a result of the expansion of facial tissue. This is normally resolved well within 24 hours but has been reported to last as long as seven days for some patients. Most patients resume normal activities only a few hours after receiving treatments. Application of ice intermittently for a short period after the treatment will help reduce any swelling.
Are there any activity restrictions after I receive the treatment?
You should avoid activities that will strain your facial features for 48 hours following treatment as much as possible. For example, avoid activities such as strenuous laughing, using a straw, singing, cheering, shouting, chewing gum, eating beef jerky etc Otherwise normal activities are fine.
What is Radiesse made of?
Radiesse consists of tiny microspheres of a synthetic material called calcium hydroxylapatite (30%) that is combined with a common hydrogel (70%) used in vast array of products. The result is a white, creamy like substance. While calcium hydroxylapatite has similar chemical and structural characteristics as bone and teeth and therefore is naturally compatible with the body, the Radiesse material is synthetic and man-made similar to a calcium phosphate.
How safe is Radiesse and are there any complications to the treatment?
Radiesse has been safely injected in over 30,000 patients worldwide without a report of reaction to the product. Complications may include temporary swelling, redness, lumpiness or small nodules. Complications of this nature have been normally resolved clinically within 30-60 days with patients reporting satisfaction,
Is a time-tested synthetic material used in medicine and dentistry.
Is completely safety and compatible with the body.
Produces a soft, natural-looking appearance.
Lasts up to two years or more without repetitive treatments.
Is animal and human tissue-free; no allergy testing required.
Can be performed during an office visit.
Results are immediately visible.
What is Restylane?
Restylane is a safe and natural cosmetic dermal filler that restores volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds (between the nose and hps). It has been used by dermatologists and plastic surgeons since 1996 worldwide. Restylane is the first cosmetic dermal filler made of non-animal-based hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that already exists in the human body and is used to provide volume and fullness to the skin. The hyaluronic acid in Restylane is a crystal-clear gel called NASHA™ or Non-Animal Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid. NASHA is biodegradable and fully biocompatible with human hyaluronic acid. Unlike other hyaluronic acid-based products, Restylane is free from animal proteins. This quality limits any risk of animal-based disease transmission or allergic-reaction. Additionally, Restylane has the highest concentration of hyaluronic acid available in a dermal filler.
How is Restylane used?
Restylane is injected directly into the skin in tiny amounts by an ultra fine needle, resulting in minimal discomfort. The procedure is simple and convenient, and results are practically instantaneous. To optimize your comfort during the short procedure, your physician may anesthetize the treatment area. Restylane is a customized procedure based on your specific needs, so the cost will vary from patient to patient. In general, the cost of Restylane is comparable to the cost of similar procedures. It proves to be very economical over the long term. Dr. Ford will consult with you to determine the best recommendation for your particular needs. Restylane Radiesse
What to expect after your treatment:
After your treatment, you might have some redness or swelling. This will normally last less than seven days. Sunbathing and cold outdoor activities should be avoided immediately after treatment until any redness or swelling disappear.
Restylane has been used in more than 3 million treatments in over 60 countries to correct a variety of wrinkles. In the U.S. the FDA has approved Restylane for wrinkles and folds like the ones from die nose to the comers of the mouth. Dr. Ford will consult with you prior to your injection regarding common treatment areas.
Restylane is proven to deliver long-lasting results. Studies have shown that Restylane effects generally last for about six months. Restylane's stabilization technology helps maintain the cosmetic effect until the injected material is nearly gone.
How often do I need the procedure?
Treatments are typically scheduled twice a year. Having a touch-up treatment before the product has fully dissipated may enhance the lasting effect.
Before receiving Restylane:
Restylane requires no pre-testing, but you should take a few precautions before being treated. Avoid using aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, St. John's Wort, or high doses of Vitamin E supplements prior to treatment, because these may increase bruising or bleeding at the injection site. Also, if you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, discuss this with Dr. Ford.
Can I use Restylane with Botox or other therapies?
Botox Cosmetic is a drug that blocks nerve transmission and relaxes the underlying muscles. We recommend the use of Botox to limit the muscles ability to form dynamic wrinkles along with Restylane to fill in and soften permanent or static wrinkles. Many patients have been very pleased after receiving treatment with both products.