You don’t have to settle for a one-size-fits-all approach for your injectable fillers anymore. Some fillers are hyaluronic acid-based, while others are neuromodulators that help to relax your muscles. Another category are collagen-stimulators, which is the category Radiesse falls into. So what are collagen-stimulating treatments like this used for, and how do they work? We can answer all your questions at MacMed Spa in Milford, MA.
Radiesse: The Basics
Regenerative aesthetics, like this filler, have the potential to drastically alter how people age. Until now, anti-aging solutions have mostly focused on these areas:
- Small tweaks to individual areas like botox
- Dramatic surgeries like face-lifts
- Covering up flaws using cosmetics
This filler takes a different approach by stimulating your body’s natural collagen production to refine skin texture. The results are smoother, more full skin that is so noticeable, patients in their 40s, 50s, and 60s will look years younger.
Collagen stimulators assist your body in the natural production of more collagen – in particular, Type 1 collagen, which adds structure to your skin. Type 1 collagen, together with hyaluronic acid and elastin, form a tight weave that is responsible for the skin’s firm and full texture. However, our bodies lose about 50 percent of natural collagen production by the time we’re 50 years old as processes begin to slow down.
What Are The Uses of This Treatment?
Years of proven success in replacing facial volume show the benefits of this injectable. More modern research has led to a better understanding of this treatment’s capability, giving you more benefits than a basic filler would. One example of this versatility is that when diluted and injected in the neck, this treatment can smooth folds there, too.
Any spot that receives this treatment will see a boost in collagen production of up to 30 percent. Your skin will have a renewed ‘scaffolding,’ so to speak, of collagen to build off of, giving you a stronger base for healthy skin. The microspheres made with naturally occurring minerals in your body are the secret to this solution’s success. This filler begins to work beneath your skin to push tissue upwards as soon as its injected, immediately adding volume. You’ll instantly notice more volume in your cheeks and fewer fine lines and wrinkles in the treated areas.
Along with its age-defying properties, this filler also helps your blood deliver critical nutrients to your skin. Oxygen helps to keep your skin moist and hydrated, and this filler helps your skin’s oxygen supply. You’ll also see your skin’s health improved from the toxins and impurities that are removed by this increased flow. Cell turnover is also improved through this treatment.
Your skin will look fresh and full with the dead cells swept away and replaced by new ones. You’ll also see the dull tone that is a clear sign of aging relieved, giving you a younger-looking complexion that lasts well after treatment. You’ll also notice a reduction in acne, scarring, and age spots as a result of cell turnover.
What Does This Treatment Cover?
A number of different areas can benefit from the firmer, more voluminous skin and reduction in wrinkles, including:
- Sagging cheeks by restoring contouring, volume, and lift
- Restoring plumpness of the chin
- Giving a more defined outline to the jawline
- Adding volume to temples
- Removing hand wrinkles and deflation
- Reshaping and defining your nose
- Removing folds from the sides of the chin
- Filling marionette lines that reach down from your mouth’s corners
- Smile lines going from your nose to your mouth
Candidates for Treatment
This treatment is beneficial for anyone who has started to show signs of aging in their face or hands. With very little downtime from this non-invasive procedure, this filler can help reduce the appearance of depressions in your skin and scarring. Generally, this treatment is advisable for patients anywhere between the ages of 35 and 60. However, each individual has their own unique circumstances, so our experts will work with you to figure out the best plan for you to reach your goals for treatment.
To evaluate the goals you have for your skins and alleviate any concerns you may have, we’ll start with a consultation with our team. We’ll also go over your medical history and any medications you currently use. By learning the goals you have for treatment, we’ll create a treatment plan that is personalized to you.
Getting Ready for Treatment
There are a few guidelines you’ll want to follow before coming in for treatment, including stopping certain medications and health supplements for one week before treatment. You should also avoid using tobacco or alcohol three days prior to your visit, and cease using certain facial products, including those that use retinol, three days prior.
You may have additional guidelines to follow depending on your individual circumstances. While you’re taking your initial consultation, we’ll fill you in on any directives specific to your needs. Be sure to bring up any questions during your consultation, and our professionals will be more than happy to help you.
What To Expect During Treatment
The treatment starts by simply cleansing your skin to prepare it for the injection. If possible, you should come to treatment without makeup on. However, in any case, we’ll use this time to clean any dirt, oil, or residue from the treatment area. Next, a topical anesthetic is used to numb the treatment site. That step will help to keep you comfortable throughout the treatment, reducing pain in sensitive areas such as the forehead. Be sure to tell our team if you would like more anesthetic provided before moving on.
Depending on the areas you want to be treated and your specific goals, the number of injections may vary. The process usually takes between 15 and 30 minutes, and the injections won’t hurt any worse than a slight pinch because of the anesthetic. The duration of treatment is about one hour altogether.
There is minimal downtime associated with this procedure, but you will want to follow these guidelines to maximize your results:
- Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight, heat, or sweating
- Don’t use cosmetics for 24 hours following treatment
- Avoid contact with the treatment area for the following three days
- Sleep in an elevated position following treatment
- Refrain from using certain medications and supplements as guided by our experts
Certain skincare products or regimens may also be suggested by our team of experts, along with guidelines on when you can resume full physical activity. Complete recovery from the treatment is usually achieved within two weeks. A follow-up appointment during this time can be useful for our team to see how you’re responding to treatment and if further steps are needed.
To check if additional treatment may be neccessary, we’ll schedule a follow-up after your initial injection. Everyone responds differently to treatment, so while many patients need only one session, others may require further treatment. Most patients will notice effects the same day they receive therapy. Over the next three to eight weeks, the results will continue to develop and become more significant. What you’re seeing is collagen production in your body ramping up. Depending on your treatment area and how your skin responds to treatment, these results typically last between one and two years.
Which Filler Is Right for You?
Collagen stimulators such as this treatment have earned FDA approval as an anti-aging solution. This treatment helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles for smoother skin, but you’ll also enjoy other benefits. The most obvious additional benefit is the increased production of collagen. Taking advantage of a natural process already in your body, this game-changing factor helps results look much more natural. This filler is also notable for how long the impressive effects last. For example, patients often show a 40% improvement in marionette lines as long as 30 months after treatment.
Advantages of This Treatment
This filler has benefits that surpass popular treatments like Juvederm by more effectively addressing deeper lines in your skin. Radiesse is also more effective for treating nasolabial folds and larger areas like your cheeks. Because it adds volume to your skin, you’ll notice more pronounced effects on your face.
The results have pleased patients everywhere, and around 89% of those surveyed would repeat treatment. Juvederm is more useful for filling in more shallow wrinkles and finer lines. You can also add volume to your lips and erase fine lines around your mouth using this family of fillers.
Benefits of Treatment
One benefit patients love is how immediate results are. While some treatments make you wait weeks before seeing the results of your efforts, Results are noticeable in just weeks, with no swelling or bruising during the downtime. You’ll see noticeable effects within the same day you receive your injection. The results are subtle enough to look perfectly natural, but dramatic enough that you’ll look years younger than you did prior to treatment.
You’ll also find this filler is highly safe. Over 250,000 patients have already enjoyed this exact treatment since the FDA approved it for use in 2006. Made with nontoxic, nonallergenic ingredients, it is safe for most patients and for both men and women alike. The only patients who may not make ideal candidates are those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or suffer from bleeding disorders.
Some anti-aging solutions require repeat visits to maintain results, but this injectable’s long-lasting effects mean easier maintenance. The stimulation of your body’s natural collagen production causes effects to improve over time. More than four out of five patients reported smoother skin over a six-month period after treatment.
A Youthful Appearance
Understandably, wrinkles are often the focus when it comes to anti-aging solutions. However, another common problem is sunken areas of the skin around the eyes, nose, and jowls. This can lead to the appearance of looking more tired or older than you are.
Former contours of your face can be restored by this injectible, giving you a youthful look. Many use this treatment as an alternative to facial implants. The result is something that looks completely natural, providing targeted results that look worlds better than more unnatural cosmetic treatments of the past.
Look and Feel Younger
All of these reasons make Radiesse a strong choice for many seeking an anti-aging solution. It is one of the most proven products on the market that is both healthy for your skin and provides long-lasting results. Schedule your consultation at MacMed Spa in Milford, MA today, and get back to a younger you!