Karen Nichols, ARNP - Aging Gracefully & Living Happily
(located in the Avondale area of Everett, WA)

Radiesse®  - Look how you feel inside!

Radiesse® is the best dermal filler for adding volume, lifting and correcting deep nasolabial folds.  It instantly corrects facial wrinkles and folds to give you a natural, younger look that lasts.

Radiesse® contains tiny microspheres that create a scaffolding around which your own collagen will grow.  The body eventually breaks down the microspheres, however the collagen your body produces in response to Radiesse® remains.  The results of this filler can last 12-18 months.  Radiesse® is cost effective compared to other injectables.  Patients have expressed a high level of satisfaction after being treated with Radiesse®.

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 What is Radiesse®?
Radiesse® is a volumizing filler, FDA approved for subdermal implantation for correction of facial wrinkles and folds (most commonly known as nasolabial folds) and to shape facial contours and add facial volume.

What is Radiesse® used for?
Radiesse® is used to fill moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds — the creases that extend from the corner of your nose to the corner of your mouth.  It can be used as a volumizer to shape and sculpt an aging face to give a more youthful appearance and to fill in and even out atrophic scars.

What is Radiesse® made of?
Radiesse® contains microspheres made of a natural material called Calcium Hydroxylapatite (a substance that occurs naturally In human bones and teeth) in a water-based gel carrier.  It is not tested on animals, and includes no animal products.  Calcium Hydroxylapatite has a history of safe use in otology (ears), laryngeal (vocal chords), and dental and orthopedic applications.
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How does Radiesse® work?
Radiesse® is injected below the surface of the skin, in the area of fat and collagen loss, thereby improving appearance.  Radiesse®  will not correct the underlying cause of the fat and collagen loss, but once injected, Radiesse® immediately adds fullness to that particular area of the face. Visible results appear with the first treatment.  It also provides an increase in skin thickness in the treated area.  Radiesse® ’s hydrogel carries the particles of Calcium Hydroxylapatite and holds them in place under the skin.   The effects of Radiesse® are immediately apparent.  Radiesse® is also a collagen-stimulating filler that plumps skin from within to create new collagen.  As the filler is broken down, new collagen grows at or around the injection site to keep the area firm and line free.

 Who is a candidate for Radiesse® injections?
Individuals who are displeased with deep wrinkles around the mouth and cheeks, the volume  of their cheeks or temples, scarring or skin depressions, or from lines are good candidates for Radiesse® treatment.  Radiesse® can make a marked difference in all of these situations.  Talk to your injectors about your medical history when deciding on treatment options.

 Who should NOT use Radiesse®? 
If you have a bleeding disorder or severe allergies manifested by a history of anaphylaxis, a history or presence of multiple severe allergies or a history of hypersensitivity to the components of RADIESSE Volumizing Filler,  Radiesse® is not for you!  

How long do treatment effects last?
Radiesse® is a stable material that is not easily broken down by the body, and it is therefore long-lasting.  Although treatment duration varies for each person, clinical studies indicate that for many Radiesse® lasts more than a year.

Do injections of Radiesse® hurt?
As with any injection, injections with Radiesse® may hurt.  Radiesse® is injected in small amounts using a very fine needle.  Depending upon the area to be treated, your injector may apply a topical or local anesthetic to ease any discomfort.

Should I tell my injector what medications I am taking?  
Yes.  You should tell your provider about all the medicines you are taking, even over the counter medicines or treatments.  If you are taking blood thinners or medications that may interfere with clotting of blood, such as aspirin or fish oil, you may be more likely to have bruising or bleeding at the injection site.  There have been no studies of possible interactions between Radiesse® and drugs or other substances or implants.

Is there any downtime following Radiesse® injections?
Not really.  There will be some slight swelling after your Radiesse® treatment, typically lasting from one to two days. Applying cool packs to the treated area will help the swelling go down more quickly.  After several hours, you should be able to resume all of your normal activities. You should minimize exposure of the treated area to extensive sun or heat exposure for approximately 24 hours after treatment or until any initial swelling and redness has resolved.  Also, for the first 48 hours after Radiesse® injections, any activity that cause facial muscles to move excessively or dramatically, such as drinking through straws, laughing, chewing gum, etc. should be minimized. 

Are skin tests needed before treatment with Radiesse®?
No skin testing is required prior to use.  Because the material found in Radiesse® is also found in the human body, Radiesse® causes no allergic reaction and pre-testing is not required.  This is one of the advantages of Radiesse® over other dermal fillers.

What are the risks of Radiesse® treatment?
Because the material contained in Radiesse® naturally occurs in the human body, there is little to no risk of an allergic reaction.  Radiesse® has been used safely with thousands of patients.  Swelling is a naturally occurring side effect that occurs after treatment and should dissipate in 48 hours or less.  More side effects may include bruising that lasts longer, unevenness or firmness in the area injected, and — as with any injection — there may be the risk of infection.  If you have a history of herpetic eruption, you may experience reactivation of herpes.  Tell your provider about your history; you could start a preventive course of medication.