Please Explain This Statement About Radiesse

What does the statement about Radiesse below mean:

"Over time the gel carrier is absorbed by the body but the structure set up with the collagen has stimulated growth, leaving the areas previously filled by gel filled with new, naturally produced tissue."

Does this mean that your face will eventually go back to its original contour?

Doctor Answers 9

Radiesse Stimilates Your Own Collagen Production

Unlike many other fillers, which consist of hyaluronic acid, Radiesse consists of synthetically produced smooth calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres suspended in a sodium carboxymethylcellulose gel carrier. The microspheres almost  like microscopic cartilage or bone, and stimulate the body to lay down more of its own collagen. The gel is inert (non-reactive) and is absorbed by the body. It is believed by the Bioform company that this process makes Radiesse last longer than other fillers.

It is important to note that Radiesse is indicated for the correction of deep lines, such as nasolabial folds where it show excellent results. It is not to be used for correction of lips or around the eyes.

Kennewick Plastic Surgeon
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Explaining the transition in Radiesse

The absorbed gel is generally replaced by a fibrous tissue reaction which compensates for the loss of volume.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Radiesse effective as a filler

Radiesse consists of synthetically produced smooth calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres suspended in a sodium carboxymethylcellulose gel carrier.  The gel carrier is absorbed leaving the micropsheres which then stimulate new collagen around them. The result is considered biostimulatory, in other words, stimulating new collagen depostition.

Anne Taylor, MD
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
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Radiesse Matrix

When the Radiesse is injected, it leaves a matrix which is filled with your body's own collagen and and new tissue growth.  Once the Radiesse is absorbed by the body, the tissue that filled the matrix remains leaving long lasting results.  

David Shafer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 77 reviews

Radiesse Helps Your Body Make Collagen

Radiesse is made up of calcium hydroxylapatitie, which is essentially an injectable form of small particles of bone.  Your body absorbs the gel carrier over time, replacing it gradually with more collagen.  All fillers due this to a certain degree, although Radiesse does this more than a hyaluronic acid derivative.  

Radiesse is considered a temporary filler.  Initially, much of what is seen is the carrier of the filler.  However, the collagen response persists giving the filler increased duration from one to three years.

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 166 reviews

How Radiesse works

Radiesse is made of small particles of calcium. Since the particles are hard, they are mixed with a gel to allow them to be injected. Once injected, your body gradually removes the gel (biodegradable) leaving the calcium particles that slowly dissolve over a couple of years. In order to remove the gel, your body "grows" into the area and new collagen is formed. The implication is that your body replaces some of the injection (the gel) with "naturally produced tissue" that results in a more permanent correction.

Randy J. Buckspan, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
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Your body will develope it's own collagen

Yes. Radiesse is not a permanent filler. It does mean though, that your face will continue to have some benefit of the treatment even after the filler is partially reabsorbed. Your body will develop its own collagen as a response to the filler’s presence and this will help augment the depression to some extent.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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How does Radiesse work?

Radiesse is composed of an innert rapidly absorbed gel which contains calcium hydroxlyapatite microspheres (The same composition as, but not derived from, human bone) After the gel has been absorbed, the microspheres stimulate the formation of new collagen (host response) which enhances and extends the duration of the correction. It is an excellent structural filler for achieving contour changes such as nasolabial folds and marrionette lines.

Stephen Mandy, MD
Miami Dermatologic Surgeon
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Radiesse Injections and Host Response over time

It been experience that using any filler often enough will lead to a fibrotic response that provides its own level of augmentation . We have seen the same thing with use of a person's own fat. With this in mind materials such as Scultra and Radiesse will create more fibrosis than hyaluronic acid fillers like Perlane but all seem to produce some response of this nature. This allows a correction to last longer and suggests that the more you do early on ensures that you will not have to do as much later!

S. Randolph Waldman, MD
Lexington Facial Plastic Surgeon
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