Radiesse – Hydroxyl Appetite Filler

Radiesse is in the category of injectable dermal fillers known as hydroxyl appetite fillers. Another odd sounding substance, these fillers go deeper and last longer than Juvederm and Restylane.

What Does Radiesse Do?

Radiesse is excellent for shaping the upper cheek, the lower cheek and jaw line as well as shaping the nose (divots, surgical correction). It is not, however, recommended for lips. On occasion, Denver plastic surgeon Dr. Nick Slenkovich has injected Radiesse into the bridge of the nose for patients who desire a more proportional nose, but do not wish to undergo a rhinoplasty. In general, Radiesse is ideal when we know we want a long-lasting correction in these areas.

What Is Radiesse and How Does It Work?

Radiesse is a calcium-based, natural biological substance that we already have in our bodies making it completely safe. Known as a hydroxyl appetite compound, it has been used for decades in bone repair and bone surgeries. The substance is injected into problem areas to fill creases, line, wrinkles and folds.

How Long Does It Last?

Radiesse is considered semi-permanent and commonly lasts from 18-24 months.

What Are Treatment and Recovery Like?

Injections are deeper than with Restylane and Juvederm. There may be slightly more discomfort and there’s more likely to be noticeable bruising. Recovery can take a week. Because of the possibility of bruising, we require our patients to discontinue all vitamins, minerals, supplements, aspirin, ibuprofen, all NSAIDS, and all medications (especially blood thinners) for at least two weeks prior to treatment in order to minimize bruising.

To learn if you are a candidate for Radiesse, contact us to schedule a consultation.