When you look in the mirror, you should be comfortable, happy and familiar with what you see, no matter what stage of life you’re in. If aging is changing the way you look and therefore the way you see yourself, or if you’ve always had a few things about your appearance you’d like to enhance, solutions exist. Call the office of Dr. Park Avenue in Franklin Lakes, NJ to discuss the transformative option of Radiesse.
What Is Radiesse?
Radiesse belongs to a family of injectables called dermal fillers. These treatments are designed to be injected into areas of the face where volume has been lost, like wrinkles and folds. Most are made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar in the skin that lubricates and hydrates the tissue. Most dermal fillers are injected just below the surface of the skin. Within six to nine months, the acid is absorbed back into the body, making frequent follow-up appointments necessary to maintain results.
Radiesse is different in that it’s made of synthetic calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHa) and is similar to the calcium that makes up your teeth and bones. In Radiesse, this compound is suspended in an injectable gel. Once it has been injected into deeper layers of the skin, it not only plumps and adds volume to areas where it’s been lost, but it also promotes your body’s natural production of collagen. Collagen is the foundation of skin’s structure and is what gives youthful skin its volume, stability, and smooth structure.
As we age, our production of collagen slows, which leads to various areas of volume loss. Wherever our skin tissue loses volume, our skin falls to fill those voids. This collapsing of skin causes wrinkles, lines, and folds and can create hollow areas like those in the cheek or temporal regions.
How Does Radiesse Work?
The differentiating factor that sets this dermal filler apart from the rest on the market is its key ingredient—CaHa. When expertly injected into areas that have lost volume, it gives clients immediate results by adding volume to deep wrinkles and folds and filling in those voids. Unlike other fillers, which simply disappear without a trace when they’re absorbed by the body, this treatment leaves behind microspheres of its powerhouse, CaHa.
These residual microspheres act as a newly formed scaffold to support the skin structures that has been weakened over time. This new strength triggers your body’s production of collagen, and this newly formed collagen builds on top of the CaHa. Over the course of a few years, your body absorbs what’s left of the treatment as it’s replaced by the new growth of collagen.
Your body has now rebuilt the foundation of your underlying layers of skin. This leads to longer-lasting results that continuously look soft and natural.
What Are the Common Treatment Areas?
Radiesse will work on any skin type and tone. It’s the ideal solution for clients wanting to add a significant amount of volume to certain areas. Line, folds, and wrinkles are the most common areas of concern clients want to be addressed.
One of the common areas of concern is the corners of the mouth. Over time, gravity may pull at the corners, causing a down-turned effect. This small detail may give the impression you’re unhappy or even angry when you’re not. A skilled hand can manipulate this filler to upturn those corners, giving you a more pleasing and positive appearance. This small change can open your expression up to better reflect how you actually feel.
You don’t have to wait until jowls fully form to address them. You’ll see pre-jowl folds form on either side of your chin as your face loses volume and your skin sags. Addressing this early with this treatment can lessen the dreaded jowl look and restore a youthful surface to that area of the face. Other areas that can be successfully treated with this dermal filler include:
- Smile lines or nasolabial folds that run from the corners of your mouth to the corners of your nose
- Marionette lines that run down from the corners of your mouth to your chin
- Horizontal chin wrinkles that can distract from your smile
Lost Volume in Hands
Another place on our bodies that can shout our age to people is the back of the hands. Our hands are exposed to the elements, unprotected more than any other part of our body, making the breakdown of collagen expedited. If you look down at your hands and see less volume, making your tendons, bones, and veins more prevalent, there’s a solution.
You don’t have to live with the bony appearance time can bring to your hands. Radiesse has been shown to add volume to the back of the hands, allowing clients to enjoy the youthful appearance they used to have. This treatment will restore lost volume, softening the look of bones, veins, and ligaments.
Next to your face and neck, your hands are also the most visible part of the body, so if you have volume replaced in your face, you’ll want your hands to match that same level of volume. Sometimes clients will ignore their aging hands while turning back the hands of time on their faces. One look at their hands can betray their age and all the positive enhancements they’ve made to their faces.
What to Expect
Once you and your provider have decided this long-term solution is the right treatment for you, there isn’t any preparation on your part required before your session. A local numbing cream may be applied to the treatment area, ensuring you’re as comfortable as possible. Your provider will then administer small injections to the treatment site until they achieve the desired effect.
Because results are immediate, your provider will monitor their progress as they go, making adjustments where necessary to achieve the ideal results for your areas of concern. Appointment times can last between 10-30 minutes, including the time it takes the numbing cream to work.
Once your treatment session is over, that’s it. There is zero downtime associated with this treatment. If your schedule is busy, you can even have your appointment during your workday and return to your job immediately after. The sessions are easy, quick and convenient.
Because the goal is to restore your lost volume with the volume of the filler, results are immediate. You will walk out of the office with the results you and your provider agreed on. You’ll notice areas that were hollow, where the skin had fallen to create wrinkles and folds, are now restored to a more voluminous, youthful position.
Because this treatment does more than simply replace volume with volume, your results will last longer than with other fillers. That’s because this filler actually gets your body to build more collagen. Just because the filler is being absorbed by your body doesn’t mean your results will dissipate too.
Although each client’s results are different depending on their treatment areas and the amount of filler used, most people see results for a year or more. Your provider will recommend an ideal schedule for follow-up or maintenance sessions so you can maximize your results and enjoy nearly seamless and consistent aesthetic effects.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Most healthy adults who are concerned with the appearance of moderate or severe facial lines and folds, pockets of lost volume or bony and aging hands are good candidates for this treatment. Only your provider can determine if this is the right solution for you, so an in-depth consultation is necessary to discuss your treatment options.
Other Anti-Aging Treatments
Once you’ve addressed the loss of volume that’s causing lines, wrinkles, and folds on your skin and hands, you might want to consider other treatments that can help you reverse some other signs of aging.
PRP, or platelet rich plasma, is an innovative way cosmetic medicine uses to harness the healing power of each client’s body to restore a youthful appearance. Platelets are responsible for our body’s ability to form blood clots. These very same platelets, when activated for this treatment, release growth proteins that increase collagen and connective tissue formation, encourage skin tightening and help skin regenerate and rejuvenate.
A sample of the patient’s blood is taken and separated by being spun in a centrifuge. Those platelets are then activated by adding calcium to create a rich serum. That serum is injected into areas of concern on the face and neck using very small needles similar to what they use for BOTOX injections. Because your body will start producing more collagen, results will gradually appear over the next two to three weeks. Skin concerns that are addressed with PRP therapy include:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Acne scarring
- An overall dull appearance
- Tired skin
- Uneven skin tone and texture
While many clients will see the results they desire after just one session, others may opt for multiple sessions in order to maximize their results and have a more dramatic outcome.
Dermal fillers don’t address all wrinkles or the cause of them. The most popular wrinkle relaxer, BOTOX, is the leading cosmetic procedure performed in the world and is appropriate for almost anyone concerned with wrinkles caused by repeated facial expressions. Throughout our lives, we use specific muscles to make the same facial expressions. Over time, the skin over those muscles becomes etched because of years of movement.
When a wrinkle relaxer is strategically injected into targeted muscles, it acts as a neuromodulator, meaning it can disrupt the signal from the nerve telling the muscle to move. When the muscle’s ability to move is disrupted or stopped, that specific muscle relaxes, allowing the skin over it smooth out. Not only will the wrinkle soften, but the treatment will prevent the wrinkle from getting any deeper.
Results from wrinkle relaxers can take between 2-5 days to appear and can last up to four months. Following your provider’s recommended schedule for follow-up or maintenance appointments can give you continuous results, and the longer the skin is smoothed, the better your long-term results will be. This treatment is a good solution for:
- Frown lines between the eyebrows
- Forehead line, wrinkles, and creases
- Crow’s feet
- Bunny lines on the sides of the nose
Call for a Consultation
Making sure you choose the right provider is the most important step once you’ve decided to take control of your appearance. You don’t have to live with the unwelcome signs of aging. Call the office of Dr. Park Avenue in Franklin Lakes, NJ to discuss options for rejuvenating your look and restoring some of the youthful appearance you’ve lost over the years. We’re dedicated to partnering with each of our clients to develop a personalized treatment plan designed to help each one achieve their aesthetic goals and live a happier, more vibrant life.