Radiesse is an injectable dermal filler that features the active ingredient calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA). It is used to provide a volume boost to the face or the backs of the hands. Today, our beauty experts at Doctors Med Spa in Little Rock, AR are answering some of the most frequently asked questions about this revolutionary volumizing treatment, including how it works. Here’s what you need to know.
How Does Radiesse Work?
Initially, Radiesse works by filling in your wrinkles thanks to the CaHA molecules. However, this initial benefit is small and won’t erase deep wrinkles completely. The real benefits of this treatment are enjoyed once your skin produces its own filler, collagen.
How Quickly Does This Treatment Work?
You will be able to see some volumization in the treatment area as soon as the injections are complete. As for the final results, you will have to wait for up to two weeks, but a lot of people report seeing their final results after only waiting for 10 days.
How Long Do the Results of This Treatment Last?
The results of this treatment can last for 12 to 18 months. However, the longevity of your results is heavily dependent on several factors, including where the injectable was administered, the dosage of the administered injectable, and how well you care for your skin health after your treatment. Here are some tips for helping the results of your treatment last for as long as possible.
Moisturizing your skin once or twice daily depending on the type of skin you have is great for your skin health. However, a solid moisturizing routine isn’t enough to extend the longevity of your treatment. Moisturizers hydrate the outside of your skin, but the inside of your skin needs to be hydrated, too. Therefore, you should try to drink at least 64 ounces of water, tea, and coffee daily. If you’re hydrated, your skin will be hydrated from the inside out.
Abstaining from nicotine will also go a long way in helping your results last for as long as possible. Cigarettes, as well as other tobacco products, contain a chemical compound called nicotine. This chemical compound seriously damages your collagen and even slows down your skin’s ability to produce more collagen.
Drink Alcohol Only in Moderation
If you drink alcohol, only drink it in moderation. Your body views alcohol as a toxin, and it will flush it out along with water and micronutrients that are crucial for your skin health.
How Long Will My Treatment Take?
Depending on the number of injections you need, your treatment session may take up to 15 minutes. Your appointment may take closer to 30 minutes if you are also receiving other anti-aging treatments at the same time.
Is There Any Downtime Required Following This Treatment?
No, there is not any downtime required following Radiesse injections. You are free to return to work or school once we have reviewed your post-treatment care guidelines with you. Alternatively, you may drive yourself home and spend the rest of your day relaxing. Just make sure you adhere to all of your post-treatment instructions, including only sleeping on your back for the first few days after treatment.
How Else Should I Care for Myself After Treatment?
It is of the utmost importance that you don’t elevate your blood pressure once your injections are complete. Therefore, you should minimize your caffeine and sodium consumption and refrain from eating excessively spicy foods. Also, it is very important that you do not get too hot after your treatment, so you shouldn’t take a steaming hot shower, sit in a hot tub, relax in a dry sauna, or unwind in a steam room.
It is also highly advisable to drink plenty of water and eat nutritious foods once your treatment is complete. Your skin needs water, vitamin C, and amino acids to produce collagen in response to the extra calcium molecules. If you don’t eat enough protein in the two weeks following your treatment, your results may not be satisfactory.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
You may qualify for Radiesse injections if you are at least 21 years old and concerned about moderate-to-severe volume loss in your face or the backs of your hands. However, after thoroughly reviewing several independent clinical trials, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined that this treatment is not right for everyone.
To determine definitively whether you qualify for these volumizing injections, you need to come in for an initial consultation. The CaHA microspheres contain biocompatible ingredients that will not irritate your skin or put your health at risk. However, we still need to discuss all of your known allergies, including dermal allergies and allergies to medications, to determine whether this treatment is a good fit for you.
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Radiesse works by encouraging your skin to make its own filler. The results of this treatment can be enjoyed just a couple of weeks after injections and last for several months. To find out whether this highly effective anti-aging treatment is right for you, contact us today at Doctors Med Spa in Little Rock, AR to schedule an appointment. We’ll see you soon.