It’s been available off-label for two years, but now Radiesse has obtained FDA approval specifically for enhancing facial appearance. A more dense, long-lasting particle-based dermal filler, Radiesse is composed of calcium hydroxyl apatite, or more simply put, calcium-based spheres in a gel suspension. It’s best used to filler deeper creases such as the folds from the nose to the mouth, or those from the mouth down the chin with results that last up to two years. Radiesse can also help add dimension to faces that have lost volume, and results are instant after a single treatment session. And Radiesse is biocompatible, so no allergy testing is required.
Like many cosmetic injectables, Radiesse has a medical history. Calcium hydroxyl apatite is used to treat vocal cord disorders, bladder incontinence, in dental reconstruction and for bone growth. But like any particle-based filler Radiesse is not a good choice to plump the lips or in other areas with frequent movement.
Featured on page 148 of the Summer-Fall 2007 issue of NewBeauty.
Find a Doctor
Find a NewBeauty "Top Beauty Doctor" Near you