Radiesse is an FDA-approved injectable dermal filler formulated to treat moderate to severe wrinkles in the hands and face. Its key ingredient is calcium hydroxyapatite, a unique formula best suited for treating high-mobility areas around the lower cheeks and mouth. This treatment is safe, effective, and convenient with proven results. Let our qualified medical team at H-MD Medical Spa in Oklahoma City, OK develop the perfect treatment plan for you.
How Can I Fix My Wrinkles? 5 Benefits of Radiesse
Calcium hydroxyapatite is the same substance found in our bones and teeth, so it is already recognized and well-tolerated by the body. This biocompatibility gives this treatment a very low rate of allergic or other reactions. Calcium hydroxyapatite has over 20 years of use in medicine, so it has proven results as a safe and effective treatment.
Most dermal filler treatments require the patient to undergo allergy testing, but one of the benefits of Radiesse is that you can skip this part. Due to the high biocompatibility of its key ingredients, there is little to no allergy risk for most people. Because of this, the process from start to finish is quick and easy.
This treatment is an outpatient service and is completed in the office. Most sessions last from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on how much product is used and which areas are being treated. There is little to no downtime, and most people can return to their normal activities immediately after the session. Many people turn to dermal fillers when they do not wish (or are not good candidates for) cosmetic surgery, so Radiesse offers a welcome and convenient alternative.
Despite consisting of a series of small injections, the ultrafine needles used to deliver Radiesse increase accuracy over a small area. They also reduce the treatment area, making the process minimally invasive. During the session, patients are offered a topical anesthetic that will minimize any discomfort.
With continued use, calcium hydroxyapatite stimulates collagen production to help the body correct areas of the skin where collagen has been lost. Collagen replacement treatments of decades past typically lasted less than six months. This gel is thick enough that it doesn’t break down as quickly and stays put, yielding results that can last up to a year or longer.
Calcium hydroxyapatite both encourages the body’s own collagen production and smooths fine lines and wrinkles at the same time. This makes it a versatile agent for skin renewal. While it has traditionally been used to treat the lower face, including the mouth, marionette lines, and chin, it has also been FDA-approved for the hands as well.
Your Skin: An Overview
In order to understand how calcium hydroxyapatite improves your skin, it’s important to know a little about anatomy and physiology. Our skin is made up of layers, each one having its own unique, important job to do. When we age, men and women alike experience changes such as hormonal imbalances that impair our skin’s ability to renew and restore itself like it did when we were younger.
As the skin’s functions become weaker, we notice more delicate skin that is prone to damage. Blood vessels become less efficient and we may bruise more easily. Age spots begin to appear, and scars don’t heal as well. Sebaceous glands produce less oil, depleting the skin of hydration and nutrients, causing our skin to dry out and stretch thin. These are many of the reasons why people turn to dermal fillers.
The Dermis and Epidermis
Called the epidermis, the outermost layer of skin protects us from harmful microorganisms, radiation exposure, and harsh environmental conditions. It takes the most wear and tear over the years, and acts as a waterproof barrier that has the amazing ability to regenerate itself with ease (unlike many other types of cells in our body).
Just below the epidermis is the dermis. This layer is responsible for sensation, housing nerve endings, and receptors that are responsible for feeling pressure, pain, and touch. It also contains the sebaceous and sweat glands, which produce the oil and water that keeps our skin hydrated and elastic. This layer is where most injectable dermal fillers are delivered.
The Function of the Subcutaneous Layer
The third, deeper layer of skin is called the subcutaneous. The thickest dermal fillers are injected into this layer since they are less spreadable and break down less quickly in the body. The subcutaneous is made up of connective tissue and fats that cushion the body from stress and help regulate temperature. It also houses the largest blood vessels that are important for transporting nutrients.
What Causes Wrinkles?
The Aging Epidermis
As the epidermis begins to lose its strength and elasticity over time, causing folds to form in the skin that deepen as this layer of skin becomes less able to repair itself. In addition, the continuous activity of muscle movements when we smile or make other facial expressions breaks down the skin over time. As cells thin out, age spots and scarring become more prominent.
The Aging Dermis
Since this layer is held together by collagen, it weakens with time as collagen production decreases. Areas that lose collagen become more hollow. Blood vessels become more prone to damage, which causes an increased risk of bleeding and bruising.
The Aging Subcutaneous
The fat and connective tissues within this layer become less supportive of the two layers of skin above it, especially in the face. This causes the skin to sag and droop, becoming less resilient. Areas most affected by this are the nasolabial folds (lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth), cheeks, chin, and surrounding areas.
How Does Radiesse Help?
This gel is administered via ultrafine needles into the dermis of the face and hands. Initially, the product fills in volume for the desired smoothing effect, but the true benefit of this product is its ability to stimulate the body’s own collagen production. The organic compounds in the gel (including carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen) help create a structure that mimics connective tissue.
Are You a Good Candidate for Treatment?
People of all ages and skin types can experience dry, sagging skin due to lost collagen. Even younger people can become dissatisfied with the condition of their skin due to weight loss, hormone imbalances, and heredity. Therefore, nearly anyone over the age of 21 who is dissatisfied with the appearance and texture of their skin can benefit from this treatment.
Your Treatment Session: What To Expect
In the consultation, our doctors will examine your skin in-person and ask about your skincare routine and any other treatments you may be receiving (such as chemical peels or cosmetic surgery). It is a good idea to come prepared with any medications you may be taking, including over-the-counter drugs, since many of these can affect your skin quality. All of this information will help our qualified team develop an individualized treatment plan to achieve your desired results.
Preparation and Pre-Treatment
In preparation for your session, you may want to spend some time writing down any questions or concerns you have. Our compassionate staff will make your comfort a top priority. In the weeks leading up to your appointment, our doctors may recommend a few guidelines and precautions.
Taking special care of your skin during this time is critical to achieving optimal results. Protecting your skin from harsh environmental conditions, wearing sunscreen, and avoiding activities that could increase skin sensitivity (such as tanning, bleaching, or waxing) will ensure your skin is in the best condition possible to receive treatment. In addition, avoiding alcohol, retinol products, and any other agents that may cause dehydration will increase your chances of success.
During Your Session
At your appointment, you may be offered a topical analgesic to maximize your comfort, but your treatment should be quick and painless. The calcium hydroxyapatite gel will be delivered via tiny, ultrafine needles. Because they are so small, they increase accuracy over a small surface area. You will be able to go home directly after your appointment with little to no downtime.
It is a good idea to continue following the same guidelines as in the pre-treatment stage, including avoiding skin irritants, alcohol, and intense heat. Be sure to drink lots of water and prioritize a consistent skincare routine to enhance and extend the effectiveness of your treatment. Taking good care of your skin and protecting it from harsh elements is necessary for lengthening the longevity of your results.
How Long Will My Results Last?
There are many variables influencing the duration of your results. Things like the location of treatment, age, health, skin condition, and lifestyle all play a role in how long your results will last. However, our doctors are experts at finding a solution to nearly every skin challenge.
Don’t despair if your skin has suffered severe collagen loss. While it may take more product (and more office visits) to achieve maximum treatment results, you are likely also to see the most dramatic improvement. You may need a more specialized treatment plan and more maintenance, but your patience will pay off greatly.
It’s no secret that unhealthy habits such as smoking and tanning can accelerate the aging process. Constant stress is also damaging, as it affects the hormones and chemicals produced by the body, which in turn affects skin condition. Unfortunately, other factors such as genetics and skin type can also affect skin condition, but observing your lifestyle choices and making positive changes can greatly increase your chances of success.
Location of Treatment
High mobility areas such as the hands and mouth will absorb the calcium hydroxyapatite more quickly than lower-mobility areas. Similarly, areas that receive more product will retain smoothness longer than areas that receive less. Our medical team will work with you to determine what amount of injection volume is right for you and your skin.
It stands to reason that the more damaged your skin, the more product and treatment sessions you will need. Damaged skin is less resilient than healthy skin, so it is imperative to take especially good care of your skin before, during, and after your sessions. Of course, Radiesse remains a the top of the list of recommendations by doctors everywhere because of its proven efficacy, safety profile, and convenience.
It goes without saying that choosing the most experienced and qualified professionals is just as important as the treatment itself. Inexperienced administration of dermal fillers can lead to asymmetry and tight, restricted facial expressions. Our talented and educated team at H-MD Medical Spa have substantial experience and training in administering Radiesse.
Get Better Skin Today
You deserve to have the healthiest, most resilient skin possible. Radiesse is an effective and convenient way to restore your confidence and skin quality. Call our qualified professionals at H-MD Medical Spa in Oklahoma City, OK for a consultation today.