As years go by and we age, we lose the healthy fat and tissue volume in our faces and bodies; our natural collagen breaks down. As a result, we are left with an older looking skin, fine lines and wrinkles. Although the process of aging is unavoidable, scientific advances in cosmetic medicine and dermatology have made it possible to rejuvenate the skin through different practices, reversing the signs of aging, e.g. loss of volume, formation of wrinkles, and improving the overall appearance of the skin with the help of dermal fillers. The use of derma fillers is quite common, as it is a safe, effective and minimally invasive treatment. Radiesse is one of the most popular dermal fillers used for the purpose of rejuvenation. It is a calcium based microsphere that corrects wrinkles, adds volume, and rejuvenates specific areas of the face, neck, and hands. As for invasive plastic surgeries, e.g. face lifts, they are already slowly becoming out of date, with minimally and non-invasive facial rejuvenation increasing its popularity. The field of cosmetic medicine is beginning to be taken over by dermal fillers, such as Radiesse, which rejuvenates the skin, replaces lost volume, eliminates and prevents common signs of aging. Dermal fillers are designed not only for the face but also for other parts of the body, like hands.

If you are looking for ways to fight the signs of aging, Dr. Schwarzburg is here to help you with his extensive experience, knowledge and expertise in minimally invasive cosmetic surgeries, injectables, and laser treatments.

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May 16, 2017

Radiesse injections

What is Radiesse?

Radiesse is an injectable dermal filler made of calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHA). It stimulates the body’s own collagen production, giving volume to the injected area. This process is called collagenosis. Apart from boosting collagen production which results in volume increase, the physical filler itself gives an immediate volumizing effect. Radiesse works for a number of treatment areas, such as the nasolabial folds, marionette lines, Radiesse for neck, buttocks, and the dorsal surface of the hands. Most of the patients observe notable differences with Radiesse filler before and after their treatment, leaving the clinic with rejuvenated and refreshed skin.

Does Radiesse Treatment Build Collagen?

After the treatment area is injected with Radiesse, the skin starts growing cells around the hydroxyapatite particles and your own collagen production is stimulated through collagenosis. This process goes on after the initial treatment. And the results last as long as 9-12 months or longer.

Who Is the Manufacturer of Radiesse Cosmetic Filler?

Radiesse NYC got an FDA approval in 2006 for treating moderate to severe facial wrinkles. And in 2015 it was approved to rejuvenate the hands. Merz Aesthetics, also known for its production of Xeomin, Belotero, and Ultherapy, is the manufacturer of Radiesse. And only those doctors who have board certification can order radiesse for treatment.

What Is Radiesse Used for?

Radiesse has been approved by FDA for fine line and wrinkle treatment, as well as hand rejuvenation. For smoother results and additional Radiesse skin tightening, Radiesse is mostly hyper diluted with saline solution and lidocaine. Hyper Diluted Radiesse is usually applied to hands, neck, jaw, and temples. So what is Radiesse best for? Radiesse can actually be used in other areas of the face, however it is not dissolvable as it is not based on hyaluronic acid. This means that it cannot be reversed until the results wear off on their own. When it comes to facial fillers, hyaluronic acid based fillers are more advisable. As for hands, undiluted Radiesse is used for skin rejuvenation and lost volume replacement purposes. Hands give away one’s age and are worn and torn from daily tasks, thus Radiesse is a great solution to bring back the youthfulness of our hands.

The face part that is most commonly treated by Radiesse is the area around the jawline. Radiesse being a slightly denser and “harder” filler, works perfectly to imitate the appearance of a jawline. Radiesse for a cheek filler or Radiesse for under eyes can also be used, however this is not the most optimal option for the mentioned areas. Hyaluronic acid based fillers fit better for those areas of the face. Radiesse before and after results for under eyes usually are not as good as the ones with hyaluronic acid based filler. If you are interested to know “do cheek fillers stretch skin?”, it depends, but the general answer is “no”. The purpose of cheek fillers is replacing the lost volume; they only fill out the volume that had previously been there. It is rarely possible for the skin to stretch – only when radiesse injections in cheeks are totally overfilled; this is not common, though. Radiesse for cellulite can also be effective in some cases, mainly conditioned by the severity of the case.

As for wrinkles, stretch marks, crepiness, and fine lines, collagen production is stimulated by hyper diluted Radiesse, perfecting the overall quality and appearance of the skin in the Radiesse neck, decollage, and buttocks.

Radiesse for Butt Enhancement

Radiesse can be used as a non surgical Brazilian Butt Lift as it is injected into the buttocks not only for volume increase but also for the purpose of skin tightening and smoothing, as well as for lifting and shaping the buttocks. Another common application of Radiesse is filling in hip dips – a wide-spread “problem-area” among patients. As the procedure is minimally invasive it is mostly given preference over a traditional invasive Brazilian Butt Lift. The regular invasive butt lift involves going under the knife and going through several weeks of recovery. As for the Radiesse butt lift, it is a subtle treatment and results in an immediate butt lift after the initial procedure. Moreover, the results continue to develop in the course of several weeks after the treatment due to the stimulation of the body’s own collagen production. Often parallels are drawn between Radiesse and Sculptra. The latter is a more popular non surgical butt lift that works through a Poly-L-lactic acid injection into the buttocks. The results of Scupltra are not immediate; they begin to show after a month. However it provides a more superior butt lift outcome. Both Scupltra and Radiesse stimulate collagen production, and yet the results achieved by Scupltra go far beyond those of a Radiesse butt lift.

Radiesse butt injections

Additional Benefits of Radiesse

With Radiesse the risk of side effects, e.g. allergic reactions, is really low, as calcium hydroxyapatite is naturally present in the body. No downtime is required after Sculptra injections, which means the patients can go back to their daily activities without having to postpone anything or take time off from work. Mostly, there is no tendency of adverse side effects among patients, proven by Radiesse fillers before and after results.

How Does Radiesse Treatment Work?

The overall process of Radiesse face filler treatment takes a short time and is relatively painless. Prior to your treatment you will have a scheduled one on one consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg with a chance to raise your questions and concerns, discuss the problem areas and treatment options. During the personalized consultation Dr. Schwarzburg will get introduced to your medical history and other decisive factors, like your physical anatomy and current skincare regimen. This information will help him determine the best treatment plan for you. The details discussed during the consultation are of high importance, serving as the basis for Dr. Schwarzburg to establish which filler and injection technique will be the most optimal to achieve your desired results.

In order to reduce the risk of bruising, it is highly recommended to stop using blood thinners, e.g. aspirin, before the treatment. As a rule, the treatment area is cleaned and properly sanitized before administering the injections, to avoid any possible risk of infection. Afterwards, Dr. Schwarzburg injects the Radiesse underneath the surface of your skin. To lessen any discomfort or pain, topical numbing cream containing lidocaine may be applied on the treatment area 15 minutes prior to the treatment. However, this mainly depends on the treatment area. Radiesse itself contains a small amount of lidocaine which makes the overall experience more tolerable compared to that of other dermal fillers not containing lidocaine. After the procedure you will be given an ice pack that helps with swelling, allowing you to resume your regular activities if necessary. If there are any bruises observed the following day of the treatment, it is advised to apply a warm compress on the area of treatment to reduce the bruising and quicken the healing process. And lastly, make sure to avoid vigorous workout and too much exposure to sun during the first two days after the treatment.

What Shall I Expect after Radiesse Treatment

Once your Radiesse treatment is completed, you should be able to notice the increase in volume right away. However, several weeks will be needed for the full and final result to take shape and form as the volume continues to grow after the treatment. The final effect lasts for about 9-12 months. The results achieved by Hyperdilute Radiesse are soft and very natural-looking, giving you a more rejuvenated and refreshed appearance. All dermal fillers, including Radiesse, pose the possible risk of swelling and bruising after the treatment, which however subside in a matter of 3 – 7 days. On the first day after the procedure it is advised to continue applying an ice pack, followed by hot compress the next day to reduce swelling and any signs of bruising.

Are the Results of Radiesse Permanent?

The results of Radiesse treatment are temporary and last anywhere from 9 months to a year. For maintenance purposes, Dr. Schwarzburg recommends continuing with annual follow up sessions to touch up the filler already metabolized by the body. The results will remain until the filler is naturally metabolized by the body as Radiesse is not a hyaluronic acid based filler.

How Long Do the Radiesse Results Last?

If you are interested in the longevity of Radiesse filler, how long it lasts, please be aware that the results typically last from 9 months up to a year and sometimes even more than a year. Dr. Schwarzburg’s general recommendation is keeping the consistency of annual follow up appointments every 9 – 12 months for touch up sessions. This will allow you to maintain your results, not letting them fully fade.

How Long Is Radiesse Moldable?

After administering the injections, Dr. Schwarzburg massages the treatment area to mold the filler and to prevent uneven accumulation of the filler causing bumps and lumps in the area of treatment. As a result of swelling the treatment area may feel hard. This is not a reason to worry as the hardness will go away in a matter of a couple of days after the treatment. Experience has proven that Radiesse softens during the first few weeks after the initial treatment.

Is Radiesse Filler Dissolvable?

Most dermal fillers are based on hyaluronic acid and can be dissolved by hyaluronidase injections. However, Radiesse is not hyaluronic acid based filler; it is made of calcium hydroxyapatite, the latter not being dissolvable. Radiesse does not only result in a filler based volume, it also boosts collagen production, hence it cannot be dissolved. With hyaluronic acid fillers filler removal is not uncommon, which is not the case with Radiesse as it is not based on hyaluronic acid. This is why it is so important to get your treatment from a highly qualified doctor. Make sure to have your Radiesse injections administered by a well-experienced and board certified medical professional, like Dr. Schwarzburg. Along with his years of experience in the field of cosmetic medicine, injectables, and lasers, Dr. Schwarzburg highly prioritizes the individual needs and comfort of his patients. He is for revealing and emphasizing the natural beauty of his patients by reducing and eliminating the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, folds and rejuvenating the overall look on the skin. In case you have any Radiesse problems, Dr. Schwarzburg will surely identify the issue and treat you accordingly.

Is Radiesse Better than Juvederm?

It won’t be correct to call one of the fillers better than the other. Both of the fillers wonderfully serve their mission, which is rejuvenating and refreshing the face, reducing and eliminating fine lines, wrinkles, and folds, as well as replacing fat and tissue volume loss. However, Radiesse and Juvederm are totally different and are used for different purposes. Juvederm is based on hyaluronic acid and comes in different types. It basically addresses fine lines, wrinkles, and volume loss mostly in the face. It is a great tool to add volume under the eyes and cheeks, to give a touch of youthfulness and refreshment to one’s appearance. It can also be used in such areas as the forehead, temples, nasolabial folds, lips, jawline, and chin. There are cases when Juvederm is used in the area of the neck for rejuvenation purposes. It can also treat deep scars.

When it comes to Radiesse, patients usually see noticeable improvement with Radiesse acne scars before and after the treatment. The acne scars are commonly inverted which makes them easier to fill in.  Radiesse for scars can be a success if carried out by a well-trained medical professional with a lot of experience. Radiesse tear trough fillers are typically not advisable, unless Dr. Schwarzburg is absolutely sure that it would be beneficial for his patient. Dr. Schwarzburg determines which one to use: Juvederm or Radiesse, mainly based on the area of treatment. Radiesse is more commonly used in such areas as the hands, as it has got a specific FDA approval for hand rejuvenation.

Side effects/ Problems Associated with Radiesse

Radiesse may have some mild side effects typical to any other dermal filler, e.g. swelling, redness, and bruising around the overall area of treatment and injection sites. The mentioned side effects usually subside in a matter of a week after the treatment. The patients of Dr. Schwarzburg are provided with an ice pack to be applied to the treatment area right after the procedure. On the following day of the initial procedure you could apply a warm compress to the treatment regions that are bruised because of injections; this will help reduce the bruising and will facilitate the healing process.

If you are interested to know if “Radiesse is safe”, then you can be assured the answer is “yes”. Radiesse has the approval of FDA to treat fine lines, wrinkles, and folds in the face, as well as rejuvenate the hands. Provided your Radiesse treatment is performed by a board certified and experienced medical professional, you can avoid or reduce the possibility of those side effects that are associated with all dermal filler injections, in general.

When the filler is injected by an inexperienced practitioner into a blood vessel, the side effects can be severe, like an increased risk for cellulitis, submucosal nodules, or necrosis, that is death of tissue. To have a clearer notion on what some of the side effects can look like you can look up radiesse complications photos.

Having a rich medical background and extensive experience in the field of cosmetic medicine, Dr. Schwarzburg is known to be one of the most prominent injectors in New York. Above everything else he prioritizes the safety and comfort of his patients. This is why Miracle Face is deemed one of the best NYC medical spas to visit.

Can Radiesse Be Paired with Other Treatments?

Radiesse can be both administered on its own and complemented by other treatments. Dr. Schwarzburg can combine Radiesse injections with Botox for fine line and wrinkle smoothing, if that’s the goal of the patient. By the way, this is a common practice. It can also be combined with medical grade skin tightening treatments such as Secret RF microneedling and Fraxel laser. This will help enhance collagen production and improve the quality of the skin. There are no negative side effects associated with Radiesse being combined with other treatments. Thus, the matter of combinations is basically determined by the individual needs of the patients. Taking this as a baseline, Dr. Schwarzburg creates customized treatment plans for each of his patients.

What Is the Price of Radiesse?

The price of Radiesse depends on the amount of filler needed, the treatment region, and the qualifications and skill level of the practitioner. Geographical location of the clinic can also affect the price, e.g. a board certified cosmetic surgeon in NYC will probably set a higher price for the procedure than a nurse working in Upstate New York. The average cost of one Radiesse syringe varies from $800 – $1200.

The common application of Radiesse is rejuvenation of the skin in the face, neck, and hands by addressing wrinkles and folds. It also has the capacity of increasing the volume in certain areas of the body, and is proven to be safe and effective, being approved by FDA. It is of high importance to have your Radiesse treatment carried out by a well-trained, skilled and experienced medical professional, who is board certified, like Dr. Schwarzburg. His boutique medical spa is located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York. Dr. Schwarzburg himself has an experience of several years and has worked with multiple patients with different needs and goals. He has both the skills and the knowledge to successfully and safely deliver the Radiesse treatment to his patients. Doctor takes his time before, during, and after the procedure to go into details and discuss all the nuances of the procedure with his patients. This way he ensures optimal and satisfactory results. In case you want to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Schwarzburg, please contact us at Miracle Face visiting 212-920-7790, or call or text us at info@miraclefacemedspanyc.com.