Posts Tagged ‘Radiesse’

THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT FILLERS!

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Over the last few years’ facial fillers have grown in popularity. This is primarily because they are safer and less invasive than traditional plastic surgery. Even if you are a facial filler virgin, you probably know a few seasoned veterans.  Here are several things you might not know about dermal fillers.

More People Get Filled Than You Think: Fillers are the second most popular cosmetic procedure, with only botulinum toxin procedures like Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin, surpassing them in popularity.  According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in 2016, more than 2.5 million filler procedures were performed.

All Fillers Fill, But Some Also Build: There are two main types of fillers: hyaluronic acid (like Belotero, Restylane, Juvederm) and collagen-producing biostimulators (like Radiesse and Bellafill). Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a sugar molecule which is normally found in our skin and bodies; as we age, it begins to dissipate. Fillers can be used for everything from replacing lost volume to smoothing over dynamic lines and tightening the jawline.

All Fillers Are Not Created Equally: FDA-approved HA fillers differ in color, cohesivity, and viscosity. There is no one injectable that is the best. It should be all about what is the best for the patient. One filler which works well in the eyes might not be the best for use in the lips or cheeks; so it is important to find a doctor who is facile with several injectables, so she can choose the appropriate filler with properties which best suit the intended area. (more…)

TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME!

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

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*Unretouched photos of subject, age 47

In spite of our anti-aging regimens, hands often betray us, revealing the truth about our chronological ages.  Like the face, hands gradually lose their volume over time, resulting in thin and wrinkled skin as well as unsightly veins and tendons (chords).  While injecting a dermal filler is an obvious treatment for restoring volume to our hands and faces, which filler is best?  We recently discovered that only one has been approved by the FDA for hands:  Radiesse.

Radiesse is different from traditional hyaluronic fillers, as it contains calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA), a substance that is identical to what’s naturally found in the body. When injected into the skin, these unique, patented, microspheres initially perform as a filler and, ultimately, stimulate new collagen production.  Over time, though, the body gradually absorbs the Radiesse itself, leaving behind one’s own collagen.  Los Angeles dermatologist, Dr. Helen Fincher, chooses it for her patients’ hands because, “Radiesse is a quick-fix for those bony veiny hands that were hard to treat in the past.  It provides a nearly instant natural result with minimal pain and downtime.”

Radiesse lasts up to twelve months in most patients and is relatively less-expensive than other dermal fillers.  Typically a single treatment costs $800; however, this varies based on provider’s location and the quantity needed.