Radiesse Product summary
Initially launched in the US in 2000 as Radiance FN, this dermal filler was introduced in Europe in June 2004 under the name Radiesse™.
Radiesse™ is a medical device designed for the correction of small and large soft tissue deficits, but can also be used for facial shaping and contouring.
In general, calcium hydroxylapatite, the functional component of Radiesse™, has been safely used in the human body for over 25 years in several indications.
Radiesse™ is becoming an increasingly popular treatment for facial aesthetics in the UK and is marketed as a volumising product.
What does it contain?
Radiesse™ is approximately 30% CaHA and 70% gel carrier by volume.
Radiesse™ is made up of synthetic Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres suspended in a gel carrier, which is an aqueous gel that contains sodiumcarboxymethylcellulose, glycerin and high purity water.
The CaHA spheres are composed of calcium and phosphate ions which occur naturally in human tissue. It does not contain any animal or human derived components.
Is a skin test required before treatment?
No. Radiesse™ has a biocompatible formulation. The manufacturers state that it will not produce a toxic or allergic response.
Is it temporary or permanent?
Radiesse™ is not a permanent filler. It is a long lasting, resorbable filler – with the effect claimed to last at least 18 months depending on the patient and the area treated.
Once injected into your skin, the smooth and spherical CaHA particles form a ‘scaffold’ which your own tissue grows new collagen cells between. The gel carrier dissolves within a few months and over time, the CaHA particles gradually break down and are completely metabolised by the body, leaving only the new collagen structure.
Radiesse treatment indications
Radiesse™ can be used for the treatment of:
- Nasolabial Folds: between the nose and mouth
- Marionette lines: The so-called “smile lines” in corners of mouth
- Radial lip lines: lines above the upper lip
- Depressions and blemishes: like acne scars
- Shallow cheeks: caused by fat atrophy
- Nose and Chin: correcting indentations, tips, bumps and unevenness.
- Jaw: Improving the contours of this area
- Hand: To reduce the appearance of veins and bones in aged hands
Not to be used in
Pregnancy or lactation and people with pre-existing infections.
If you’re taking aspirin or other medications, please consult your physician.
Radiesse™ should not be injected over permanent injectable implants. If you have other implants or filler materials still in place, please notify and consult your physician.
Duration of effect
When injected in soft tissue, fibrous encapsulation of the microspheres creates volume in the treatment area.
Radiesse appears to provide a longer term result than pure Hyaluronic acid based fillers as it is gradually replaced by the body`s own tissue, and slowly dissolves away over a 18 month or longer period.
Reported side effects
There are few reported side effects from clinical trials and actual usage data. However, some common injection-related reactions may occur, such as swelling, pain, itching, discoloration and tenderness at the injection site.
Radiesse™has been tested extensively in clinical trials for over 8 years, with excellent safety and efficacy results.