What Happens to Radiesse over the Long Haul?

I had 2 syringes of radiesse put in my cheeks and am pleased with the result. I had one put in last December(11 months) and June(5 months). I know some about radiesse but I'm curious as to why I see some sites say the effects of radiess lasts about 3 years yet injections are recommended about every year. Will my results stay at least to some degree after a year or is it just gone as if I never had it done?

Doctor Answers 7

Radiesse Duration

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Radiesse's duration depends on the location of injection with areas of high mobility (nasolabial folds) lasting significantly less than immobile areas (cheeks).  Radiesse is a stimulatory filler which is replaced and turned into collagen over time.

Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Radiesse Longevity

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As Radiesse a "stimulatory" filler, during the first 3 months after injection it will transition as it stimulates production of your own collagen. I let my patients know to tell me if they prefer the initial fuller look and to return in approximately 3 months for "touch up" injections, if desired. The length of time the results will last will vary greatly from patient to patient. I tell my patients that they should expect at least a year of nice improvement and then experience gradual fading. Of course I let them know that for some it seems shorter than one year and others longer. The beauty of Radiesse is that you can decide as you go if more is better and address specific areas that bother you in particular. Then, over time, as the results from Radiesse fade you can always have additional injections as indicated.

Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
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Radiesse increases collagen. "lasts" 12-15 months

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The volume effect of Radiesse lasts for 12-15 months as per the latest study results. For the first "half" of this effect the Radiesse is being gradually replaced by fibrous collagen tissue. When the Radiesse and the fibrous tiissue absorb,  the volume is back to the "before" volumes, and probably a bit less as there are  further losses from continued aging.

Debra Irizarry, MD
Crestone Plastic Surgeon

What happens to Radiesse over the long haul?

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Typical results of Radiesse last 6 months to a year.  In areas of less motion, the results may be longer.

Radiesse is composed of calcium hydroxylapatite suspended in a gel. The product does completely dissipate. The gel is absorbed over time, while the CaHa crystals act as a scaffold for fibroblasts to deposit new collagen.

Eventually CaHa is broken down into calcium and phosphate ions which are absorbed by the body.

Some of the longer-lasting improvement is due to the deposition of new collagen around the CaHa crystals.

As far as recommended timing of injections, that has to be judged by you and your physician.  If the areas that you had injected look full and youthful after a year, there is no need for repeat injections until you see a need for them.  It is a good idea to have the injections done before all of the Radiesse effect is gone, as you want to maintain the collagen deposition in the dermis.  How long that will take is very much dependent on the individual.

Emily Altman, MD
Short Hills Dermatologic Surgeon

How long does Radiesse Last?

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Hi jf.  Generally speaking we tell our patients that Radiesse is going to last in the neighborhood of 9-12 months.  We like to err on the side of a conservative estimate.  Better to tell a patient it will last 9 months and have it last 12-15 than vice versa. 

As for what happens to the product, it is slowly absorbed and dissipated by the body over that time.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Radiesse may last for up to a year or more after its filler is injected

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When Radiesse first came to the market the company was making claims of it lasting for much longer than it actually has proven to last. Clincially we see that many patients have Radiesse last close to a year, or slightly more, but we also see that with Restylane and Juvederm too. The best clinical effect though, dissipates sooner and further injections are often done closer to eight months rather than waiting for it to wear off completely.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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Radiesse Over Time

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Hi Jf,

I respectfully defer to Dr. Altman.  Thank you for one of the most complete and well written answers that I have seen here on RealSelf.  Thanks for the education.  Be well.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
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