Radiesse® and Radiesse®(+) are dermal fillers manufactured by Merz Aesthetics®. These products are FDA-approved for correction of moderate-to-severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the nasolabial folds. Radiesse® also has an FDA approval to correct volume loss in the back of the hands. Both products are composed of CaHA (calcium hydroxylapatite) microspheres suspended in an aqueous gel carrier. Radiesse®(+) contains 0.3% lidocaine and Radiesse® is FDA approved to mix with lidocaine.
What are the Aesthetic Goals of Radiesse® at Total Aesthetics™?
As one of the most experienced and sought after injectors in New England, Dr. O’Connell’s goal with all relaxers and fillers is to achieve a confident, natural and rested look without the artificial, overdone appearance. We believe that fillers require injectors with great experience and skill in the area of facial aesthetics, to obtain a natural, “untreated” appearance – that’s why we feel that board certified plastic surgeons are uniquely qualified in this regard. Correction of volume loss in the hand is especially challenging and, because of their training in hand surgery, plastic surgeons are the most qualified practitioners for this activity.
Mechanism of Action
- RADIESSE is comprised of Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres suspended in an aqueous gel carrier.1
- Once injected, it provides immediate volume and correction but continues to work by stimulating the body to produce its own natural collagen.1
- Over time, the gel is absorbed and the body metabolizes the CaHA microspheres leaving behind only your own natural collagen.1
How Long does Radiesse® Last?
According to the manufacturer, the results can last a year or more in many patients.
How does Radiesse® Work?
Radiesse® is stated to have a two-fold mechanism of action. Lost volume is immediately replaced by injection of the product which subsequently stimulates the body’s own collagen production. According to the manufacturer, natural collagen is left behind as both the gel and the CaHA microspheres are absorbed by the body.
Why your Radiesse® Experience will be different at Total Aesthetics™
- Unlike facilities that utilize ancillary providers like “nurse injectors,” physician assistants, etc. to administer injectables like Radiesse®, at Total Aesthetics™ you’ll never have to wonder who will be performing your injections – it’s always Dr. O’Connell, an, Ivy-educated and trained plastic surgeon who has been certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, practicing in Fairfield County for over 30 years.
- Only legitimate, US FDA-approved products like Radiesse® are used. All products are sourced directly from the manufacturer and no illegally re-imported, so called “parallel imported,” or even counterfeit products are ever used at Total Aesthetics™ – we’ll even show you the packaging.
- We believe that when it comes to relaxers and fillers, one size does not fit all. We will carefully review your facial anatomy as well as your aesthetic goals and help you navigate through the many available neurotoxin and filler choices to help you choose the product that will likely provide you with the best result for a particular application.
- Correction of volume loss on the back of the hand is a high-skill procedure best performed by experienced and well-trained injectors. Remember that during their residencies, all plastic surgeons receive training in surgery of the hand, and because of this, they are the best qualified to perform aesthetic enhancement of the hand.
Three month result following dorsal hand augmentation with Radiesse.