If your smile has been your favorite feature for your whole life, then it may be difficult to contend with fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth. Wrinkles have a way of capturing our attention in a negative way. If you’ve tried over-the-counter anti-aging products but you haven’t had much luck with your visible signs of aging, then it may be time to try an injectable treatment. At Bala Aesthetics & Medispa in Bel Air, MD we know that Radiesse is a highly effective dermal filler that can help you rewind the clock.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Radiesse?
Adult women and men who have visible signs of aging around the mouth are generally good candidates for this filler. This treatment is a long-lasting solution that produces natural-looking results for people who want to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity. Women who are currently pregnant or breastfeeding are not good candidates for this treatment. If you have a history of severe allergies or skin reactions, then you may not be qualified for this treatment.
Do Candidates Need to Be a Certain Age?
No, there is no ideal age for this treatment. Although many people who use this filler are over the age of 50, this treatment is an ideal solution for anyone who has noticed visible signs of aging around the mouth. We frequently see patients in their late 30s to early 40s using this treatment. As long as you are medically qualified and your age-related concerns can be resolved with this treatment, then your age doesn’t matter.
Do Candidates Have to Have Severe Concerns?
This treatment is ideal to address moderate to severe signs of aging, which usually means deeper wrinkles. For those who have milder age-related concerns, different dermal fillers or aesthetic treatments may be more appropriate to help you achieve your desired aesthetic goals. That said, this treatment is not only reserved for the most severe signs of aging.
Do Candidates Need a Consultation?
Yes, candidates for this treatment will need to attend a consultation appointment to assess how appropriate this treatment is for their needs. A consultation will consist of an examination of your age-related concerns and an overview of your medical history, including medications, supplements, and previous cosmetic treatments you have tried in the past. We may also discuss your lifestyle habits and your skin routine to determine if this treatment is right for you.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
1. What Is Radiesse?
Radiesse is a minimally-invasive dermal filler that is specially formulated to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Like other dermal fillers, Radiesse is frequently used to restore skin volume and correct skin laxity on the face. While most dermal fillers are made with hyaluronic acid, this particular filler uses a unique active ingredient called CaHA, which happens to be the key to this treatment.
What Does Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) Do?
CaHA is the main active compound in this dermal filler. The solution for the filler is a water-based gel with suspended CaHA microspheres that are absorbed by the body and used to stimulate the natural production of collagen within the skin. While most people are not allergic to this calcium-based compound, you may still need to complete a simple allergy test before your treatment.
2. Is Radiesse Better Than Other Fillers?
While most other dermal fillers are made with hyaluronic acid, this filler stands apart by using a unique formula. The microspheres in this gel-like filler have been scientifically proven to increase the production of collagen in the skin, which creates additional volume over time. The amount of skin support produced by this filler typically means that results appear firmer and long-lasting. This is why this filler is marketed toward patients who have moderate to severe concerns and why this filler may be a better option for you if you have more advanced age-related concerns.
3. Where Can This Filler Be Used?
This FDA-approved filler can be used in a variety of areas, both on the face and on the body. In fact, the fact that this treatment can also be successfully used on non-facial areas is incredibly unique; there is currently no other filler that can replicate this function. Some of the most common areas of treatment include:
The hands are one of the first areas of the body where the visible signs of aging appear. Many believe this is because the hands are regularly exposed to sunlight, which can speed up the aging process and create more skin laxity compared to other areas of the body that may have less sun exposure. But the repeated and constant movement of the hands over time may also mean that decreased elasticity as we age becomes more apparent more quickly than other areas of the body.
This filler can be used to restore skin volume on the backs of the hands. Using this filler in this area can reduce loose skin and also cover the appearance of bony hands or visible tendons, both of which can shake years off your visible age.
This filler is primarily used to target three visible signs of aging on the mouth: smile lines, mouth corners, and marionette lines. Smile lines are also called nasolabial lines and stretch from the bottom of the nose to the mouth. Smile lines tend to deepen over time and generally start to show up around the age of 30.
The corners of the mouth can begin to turn down as a result of the aging process. Downturned mouth corners can make you appear worried or severe and can be difficult to treat with other fillers. Similarly, marionette lines from the bottom lip to the chin can also make you appear sterner. Marionette lines, also called chin wrinkles, can be challenging to treat without the right filler.
As a result of the natural aging process, the skin right above the jaw can begin to droop as fat in the cheeks decreases and skin laxity increases. Sagging jowls is caused primarily by loss of skin volume and can add significant years to your overall appearance. Using a filler that can restore cheek volume and redefine your shape, enhance your jaw, and even correct a double chin.
4. What Can You Expect From Your Treatment?
Your treatment will be very simple overall. As a “lunchtime” appointment, you can expect your treatment to take about 30 minutes to complete, even if you have multiple areas of treatment. The treatment is very comfortable thanks to the topical numbing cream that will be applied before your injections. Because this is a non-surgical treatment, you will be able to go back to your activities after your appointment.
As with other dermal fillers, you will need to do a few things to ensure that your treatment is as successful as possible. The cardinal rule for dermal filler preparation is to discontinue any blood-thinning medications or supplements, which can include aspirin, ginkgo, and prescription medications. If you are prescribed a blood-thinner by your physician, then you will need to discuss the best approach to using your medication before your appointment.
You should avoid chemical peels and laser treatments at least two weeks before your appointment. It’s also important to reschedule your appointment if you have a cold sore, fever blister, or eczema outbreak at least one to two weeks before your scheduled appointment.
After your appointment, it’s critical that you follow any post-treatment instructions that are given to you. Following these instructions will ensure that you get the results you are looking for. Some of these instructions will include how to take care of your skin for the first 48 hours of your appointment. Other instructions will include:
- Do not touch or massage your skin
- Avoid hot water and steam
- Stay out of direct sunlight
- Wear SPF outside
- Avoid retinoids and chemical exfoliants
We may give you additional directions, such as the best position to sleep in or how soon you can wear make-up after your appointment. Please be sure to ask about any additional aftercare instructions after your treatment.
5. How Soon Will You See Results?
You can expect to see the results of this treatment within at least 12 to 24 hours after your appointment. In fact, many patients can enjoy instant results thanks to the way the gel-like filler immediately infuses your skin with volume. The results of your treatment are expected to improve over the next five to seven days as the filler is absorbed by your body and new collagen is produced. Because it takes about four weeks for collagen to mature, you may not see the final results of your treatment until a month after your appointment.
6. How Long Do Results Last?
Most patients will be able to enjoy the final results of their treatment for 12 to 18 months at a time, making this filler one of the longest-lasting on the market. Some people may experience longer results based on their skin type, their age, the areas treated, and how well you take care of your skin after your treatment.
7. How Can You Maintain Your Results?
Maintaining the results of your filler is easy. The most important part of your maintenance plan is attending regular touch-up appointments. Most patients can expect to have a touch-up once a year. Other things you can do to ensure that your results last for as long as possible include:
Using the right skincare products for your aesthetic goals is key to helping your results last longer. For example, using products that contain collagen or hyaluronic acid can help support the collagen production in your skin. Using certain other aesthetic treatments, such as a chemical peel or some facials, may also help manage the health of your skin and maintain your results. The most important skincare tip is to always wear SPF during the daytime.
Lifestyle factors such as drinking enough water and smoking tobacco or drinking alcohol will affect how long your results will last. Eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and imaging your stress can also protect your results. If you are an avid athlete, then you should also factor in how much your exercise may cause your filler to break down more quickly.
Find Out If You’re a Good Candidate Today
Radiesse is a unique dermal filler that can reverse the visible signs of aging and restore skin volume on both the face and the hands. If you believe you may be a good candidate for this treatment, please contact Bala Aesthetics & Medispa in Bel Air, MD to schedule your first appointment today.