Radiesse®: An Effective Treatment Option for Wrinkles

Kelly Gallego, MD, FACS
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Yuba City Plastic Surgeon

Sooner or later it happens to each one of us.  We look at our face in the mirror, and start to see lines that did not used to be there.  Obviously, no one is fan of wrinkles.  Luckily, for those who are concerned or even discouraged with facial wrinkles, fine lines, and deep folds, there are good treatment options.  Some of the more common treatments are non-invasive, and require minimal downtime.

Currently, one of the more effective and most popular treatments is that of dermal fillers.  Dermal fillers are substances injected into or under the skin to correct wrinkles and deep folds, and to add volume.  In recent years, the use of dermal fillers has become increasingly more popular.  The American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimates that dermal filler treatments were performed roughly 1.7 million times in 2009.  That was a 7% increase from 2008 and a 164% increase from 2000.  Dermal fillers are less expensive and less invasive than surgery, require minimal down time, and can be quite effective.

As a board certified plastic surgeon, I administer dermal fillers in my office quite frequently.  Patients undergo a thorough assessment of their facial lines, wrinkles and folds.  Most patients receive local anesthesia prior to the treatment.  The total treatment time is roughly 30 minutes.  After treatment patients should avoid strenuous exercise, alcohol, and heat exposure for the first 24 hours.  Patients are instructed to apply ice during the first day or so to help decrease the swelling.  Patients can expect their results to last anywhere from six to 18 months depending on the type of filler used and the location treated.  Adverse reactions are typically rare and short lived.  They include redness, pain, swelling, firmness, bruising, bumpiness, and itching.

One particular dermal filler used in my practice is Radiesse®.  Radiesse® is long lasting, and is composed of synthetically produced smooth microspheres of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA), a mineral found in bone.  Radiesse® is FDA approved for the treatment of prominent nasolabial folds and marionette lines. In many patients it has been shown to last up to 18 months.

To find out if you are a good candidate for treatment with a dermal filler, please contact our office to set up your complimentary cosmetic consultation.