Radiesse is an injectable dermal filler designed to restore facial volume and augment contours of the face. It is composed of calcium based micro-spheres suspended in water based gel.
The substances present in Radiesse are not derived from animal or human components, but they are biologically compatible with the natural substances in the body, meaning they are "virtually identical."
When injected, effects of Radiesse can be witnessed immediately. Volume is restored, the appearance of facial wrinkles, folds and lines is greatly reduced (if not eradicated) and eventually, a resulting process called "collagenesis" stimulates new collagen growth for a prolonged effect.
The results of Radiesse are not permanent. Typical patients see effects that last about a year, which is longer than many comparable offerings on the market. The added benefit of collagen stimulation might play a role in the endurance of Radiesse, which has led some people to believe it is more cost-effective.
Before the procedure, areas that will be treated are cleansed and sometimes a topical anesthetic will be applied for comfort. The filler is then injected in specific areas and sometimes carefully massaged into place. You might experience mild swelling or bruising, but should be able to return to your normal routine on the same day.