Radiesse is biocompatible and non – allergenic volumizing dermal filler manufactured by Merz Pharma, which is injected into the skin in order to relieve facial folds like wrinkle lines. It contains microspheres of calcium hydroxylapatite, which are suspended in water based gel.

Dermal fillers are substances, which are non – toxic, and are injected in the body in order to smooth deep wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars and nasolabial folds.



Radiesse is a great choice for correcting facial asymmetries and for facial contouring, as it can help soften the lines of the nasolabial folds and marionette lines as well. However, it is even more effective in contouring of the jaw line, the cheeks and the chin.

This amazing product is perfect for patients that are looking a fast way to re- contour different areas of their face. Besides its power to replace lost volume, it also stimulates the production of collagen, in order to promote a long lasting improvement.

Candidates for Radiesse cosmetic treatment are usually between 32 and 60 years old and experiencing mild to moderate facial aging. This cosmetic filler is an amazing treatment that can address many facial corrective needs, as it fills and volumizes the skin in order to restore a youthful, natural look.


Nasolabial Folds

Marionette Lines

Frown Lines

Smile Lines

Lip Augmentation

Cheek Enhancement

Chin Reshaping

Bridge or Nasal Augmentation

Jaw Line Contouring

Vocal Cord Correction

Facial Lipoatrophy

Nasal Obstruction

So, this is a very useful treatment for anyone with deep lines or wrinkles around the cheeks or mouth. It can also be used for patients with scars or skin depressions, as well as for patients who want to enhance the shape and size of their lips.



This amazing product does more than just temporarily fill in facial wrinkles and lines. It totally rebuilds your skin’s foundation.

Radiesse aims to give your skin a smooth appearance by minimizing wrinkles and creating volume. It works by improving the structure of the skin from the inside, trough stimulating your body’s natural production of collagen.

Collagen is a key structural element of the skin, which actually provides flexibility, volume and strength. It is lost as a part of the natural ageing process. As a result to this process, the skin begins to sag into wrinkles and lines. By restoring collagen, Radiesse is able to drastically improve the appearance of facial wrinkles and lines.

Radiesse gel contains calcium hydroxylapatite, which is naturally found in teeth and bones. Once injected under the skin, collagen starts forming around each sphere increasing the volume on the wanted area. Over time, the gel is absorbed and the body metabolizes the CaHA (calcium hydroxylapatite) microspheres, leaving only your natural collagen behind. This method improves the skin’s structure and strength, while making it smoother and natural looking.



This procedure is performed by a licensed and previously trained doctor, and it can take up to 15 minutes. It is most often preformed with local anesthesia, in order to avoid discomfort and pain from the needle injection.

First of all, the doctor determines and marks the targeted areas of the face, and the procedure continues by injecting small amounts of Radiesse under the skin with a thin needle. Several injections may be required depending on the size of the treatment area.

Because this product is made up of elements that are naturally found in the body, so no skin testing is required before the treatment.


As a result of the unique way that Radiesse works, it is one of the lasting injectable fillers that are currently on the market. So, on average, results can last between 12 and 15 months. At the beginning, for the first few months, it works just like any other dermal filler, plumping up areas of volume loss by virtue of its existence beneath the skin.

After a few months, the microspheres of this product encourage the development of your own natural collagen. The body harmlessly absorbs the microspheres, but the new collagen remains, and as a result it provides a long – lasting rejuvenating effect.


Radiesse is a totally safe product, as it is FDA (food and drug administration) approved, which means that is been thoroughly tested and studied. There is no need for any prior allergy tests, since the microspheres that the product is made of, are comprised of calcium hydroxylapatite, which is a substance that is naturally found in the body.


Almost all cosmetic procedures have some risks and side effects, but when it comes to this amazing product, they are very minimal. Usually, there is a risk of allergies, but not with Radiesse, as it is made mainly of calcium hydroxylapatite, which is a substance that naturally occurs in our body, so the risk of allergy is close to zero.

However, there are some common side effects that can occur after the Radiesse treatment, but are minimal and temporary. Below you can find out about which side effects are we talking about:


Temporary headache

Minor swelling around the injection area

Minor bruising around the injection area

Mild numbness or tingling in the injection area

Temporary nausea

No improvement after undergoing treatment

Please note that biggest risk associated with this product is allowing a doctor that has no previous training and license do the procedure.



Radiesse must not be used if pregnant or breastfeeding.


Sculptra vs. Radiesse: The Difference in Mechanism of Action

Sculptra uses an inflammatory response in order to trigger the body's natural production of collagen. Upon injection, the body's immune system responds by creating fibroblasts (connective tissue cells) to surround the "foreign body," the filler, the result being firmer, thicker skin.

Radiesse is non-inflammatory. The hydrogen, oxygen and carbon in the gel create a structure that mimics connective tissue and acts as a scaffold that supports the growth of new tissue surrounding the injection site. In addition to its role in stimulating collagen production, Radiesse creates volume due to its thick, elastic and adhesive nature. Due to this nature, Radiesse needs to be injected more deeply into the skin than Sculptra.


Sculptra vs. Radiesse: The Difference in Results

Sculptra results in a very natural looking increase in volume that develops over a period of time. Collagen is not formed overnight, and Sculptra results depend on the natural production. You may not begin to see results for up to six weeks. The pay off for your patience, though, is an extremely natural and youthful appearance that can last for more than two years.

Radiesse provides immediate volumizing effects, somewhat similar to what an implant would. It will last from a year to 18 months. The downside of the immediate improvement is that Radiesse cannot be easily removed if you are unhappy with the results. You will need to wait until it takes its normal course. Beginners may want to start out with Sculptra.

Note: Duration for any dermal filler is difficult to determine, because several factors are involved in addition to the formulation of the filler, such as the area of the face injected, the amount of filler injected, and an individual's rate of metabolism.


Sculptra vs. Radiesse: What Areas They Treat

Sculptra is used to diminish marionette lines, smile lines, wrinkles and scars. It can also define the jawline and add volume to hollow temples and cheeks. It is not recommended for use under the eyes or on the lips.

Radiesse is used for the folds and wrinkles around the mouth and nose. It is ideal for plumping the skin on the hands and for people who have lost fat in the facial area.

Radiesse should not be used in areas with thin skin.

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