Before it was approved for aesthetic use, Radiesse went by the name Radiance, which was used primarily to treat vocal chord problems. Now, after the hyaluronic acid craze of the past few years, Radiesse has found its niche in the cosmetic injectables market.
Initially Radiesse’s smooth microspheres of calcium hydroxyapatite (a substance found naturally in the body) act as a filler, but over the next few months, they prompt the skin to produce collagen. Over time, the microspheres disintegrate, but the wrinkle correction provided by the new collagen stays.
Because of its density, Radiesse is most appropriate for the nasiolabial folds and smile lines on the cheeks, but some doctors have started using it off-label to treat a bony appearance and loss of volume in the hands.
Since there’s no need for an allergy test, one visit to your dermatologist or plastic surgeon can yield results that last for more than two years.
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