Radiesse Collegen Production true?

I get all sorts of different answers from doctors. Radiesse stimulates the production of collagen, so why would all of the results wear off after the filler is dissolved? Wouldn't this new collagen that is produced by the filler stay and keep the skin plumped?

Doctor Answers 2

Do fillers produce new collagen

All fillers produce some "new collagen". However, the amount of actual collagen production is very small. Most people would never even know the new collagen was there, but it can be seen in intense microscropes. So, that is why you need to have fillers re-done. It's not a 1:1 ratio of filler to new collagen.

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Las Vegas Dermatologist
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Does Radiesse Help Produce New Collagen

Hi Jaq.  Thanks for your question.  All dermal fillers can help the body stimulate the production of new collagen.  These fillers create a void (space) in the skin tissue that is "repaired" or reconnected as the product is metabolized by the body over time.  So, during this time, the body can create some new collagen in closing this void.  But the amount of collagen created during this process would be very small in comparison to the volume of the dermal filler itself, which would explain why you don't really see the difference after the product is gone.

An alternative to traditional hyaluronic acid based fillers and Radiesse is Sculptra.  Sculptra is not a typical filler in that the volume of product injected is very small compared to traditional products like Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane or Radiesse.  The product works by creating a thin layer deep in the skin of microfine particles made out dissolvable stiches.  This body surrounds this layer with new collagen to yield a very natural and significant plumping of the cheeks and frame of the face.  It's actually called the Liquid Facelift because the product is so good at restoring your natural collagen.

So, if producing the body's own collagen is your goal, then you may want to consider Sculptra as your next filler choice.  Check the link below for before and after photos.  

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

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