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Radiesse—how’s it different

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Radiesse—how’s it different

Posted by Johns Creek Dermatology in Injectables 15 Feb 2017

Radiesse is an FDA approved dermal filler that is injected below the surface of the skin. It is a temporarily subdermal implant that adds volume to help smooth moderate to acute facial wrinkles and folds. For example, Radiesse assists with nasolabial folds, which are the creases that expand from the corner of your mouth to the corner of your nose. Radiesse also helps restore or amend signs of lipoatrophy (facial fat loss) with patients who have HIV.

According to the Radiesse manufacturer, the filler works immediately. Once injected, the production of natural collagen is greatly stimulated. The collagen stimulation lasts up to a year. In addition, not only can you see visible results in your skin immediately but the benefits can last for two or more years.

The number of treatments needed by a healthcare practitioner is largely determined by the individual needs of the patient.

What is Radiesse?

Radiesse is comprised of calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres that are suspended in a water based gel carrier. It is typically available in different syringe sizes such as 0.3, 0.8m, 1.3 and 1.5 cc. Injections are with a 25 to 27 gauge needle. It is also FDA approved for combing it with 2% lidocaine (an anesthetic) to help with any aches or discomfort during treatment for nasolabial folds. However, the effectiveness and safety of adding lidocaine for lipoatrophy in HIV patients has not yet been researched. As well, skin and allergy testing is not mandatory before treatment. Moreover, recovery time after Radiesse injections is minimal for most patients.

How is it Different than Other Fillers?

Radiesse is very popular for its long lasting results. Prime candidates for treatment are between the ages of 35 and 60. For the most part, it is known to offer up to 80 percent improvement immediately after treatment. Since it is temporary, treatments are done again in a few years to maintain the benefits.

According to WebMD, most fillers are composed of hyaluronic acid. And due to their varying consistency, they are utilized a lot differently. On the other hand, Radiesse has a firmer consistency and is best used for filling in extra deep lines. It is also perfect for modeling jawlines and cheekbones. However, some inexperienced physicians shy away from using Radiesse because it takes a long time to dissolve (typically a year) making it difficult to correct mistakes. Therefore, it is imperative to have an experienced physician perform the treatment.

Johns Creek Dermatology

For information about Radiesse, schedule an appointment at Johns Creek Dermatology with Shereen Timani, M.D. for a consultation. As well, you can contact the experienced staff for any questions.

Dr. Timani is very well-known for her expertise and treatment for various skin conditions. She is highly knowledgeable in Dermatopathology and is renowned for her expertise in anti-aging methods. Shereen Timani, M.D. is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and is recognized for her all-embracing and all-inclusive training.

As well, Shereen Timani, MD lives by high standards in order to offer compassionate and exceptional medical care. Here are just a few of her credentials:

• Board Certified American Board of Dermatology
• Board Certified American Board of Dermatology and Pathology
• Chair of Dermatology Division, Emory Johns Creek Hospital
• Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology of Emory University Hospital Midtown

Johns Creek Dermatology is located in Johns Creek, Georgia. It services the Alpharetta, Duluth, Milton, Suwanee, Cumming, Roswell, and the Dawsonville areas.

Note: This article is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have any concerns or questions about Radiesse, make an appointment with Dr. Timani for consultation.

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