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What is RADIESSE dermal filler?

RADIESSE dermal filler is an injectable for facial folds and wrinkles that contains calcium
hydroxylapatite, which is also used in otology (ears), laryngeal (vocal chords), and dental and orthopedic applications.

Meet Our Doctors

Our board-certified dermatologists have the training and credentials to address your skincare concerns. Learn more about their backgrounds.

Kathleen M. Welsh, MD
Andrea M. Hui, MD

Meet Our Doctors

Our board-certified dermatologists have the training and credentials to address your skincare concerns. Learn more about their backgrounds.

Kathleen M. Welsh, MD
Andrea M. Hui, MD

What is RADIESSE dermal filler used for?

RADIESSE dermal filler is used to fill moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds,
such as nasolabial folds—the creases that extend from the corner of your nose to the
corner of your mouth. RADIESSE filler will not correct the underlying causes.

Can RADIESSE dermal filler work for me?

Talk to your doctor about your medical history when deciding on treatment
options. You should not use RADIESSE dermal filler if you are allergic to any of
its ingredients. You should also not choose RADIESSE filler if you desire only
short-term results.

How does RADIESSE dermal filler work?

Once injected, RADIESSE dermal filler immediately adds fullness to your face giving
you a visible result at the first treatment session. RADIESSE filler contains microspheres
made of a natural material called calcium hydroxylapatite in a water based gel carrier.


Before & After RADIESSE Injection*
*Your results may vary

How long do treatment effects last?

Although treatment effects will differ for each person, improvements from RADIESSE
dermal filler typically last up to six months.

Do injections of RADIESSE dermal filler hurt?

As with any injection, injections with RADIESSE dermal filler may hurt. RADIESSE
filler is injected in small amounts using a very fine needle. Your doctor may apply a
topical or local anesthetic.

Are skin tests needed before treatment with RADIESSE dermal filler?

No skin testing is required prior to use.

Should I tell my healthcare provider what medications I am taking?

Yes. You should tell your doctor about all the medicines you are taking, even over the
counter medicines or treatments. If you are taking blood thinners or medications that
may interfere with clotting of the blood, such as aspirin, you might be more likely to
have bruising or bleeding at the injection site. There have been no studies of possible interactions between RADIESSE dermal filler and drugs or other substances or implants.

What can I expect to happen at a treatment session?

• Your doctor will answer all of your questions and prepare you for the treatment.
• The area where the injections will be given will be cleaned with an antiseptic.
• You and your doctor will determine if an anesthetic is needed.
• RADIESSE dermal filler will be injected in small amounts into the skin using a
very fine needle.
• An ice pack may be applied to the treatment area before or after treatment to help
reduce swelling.

*Your results may vary.

What are the possible side effects of treatment with RADIESSE dermal filler?

Talk to your doctor about the possible side effects of RADIESSE dermal filler. The most
common side effects are redness, bruising, or swelling. These side effects generally last
for a short time and are mild in nature. As with all procedures that involve an injection
through the skin, there is a risk of infection. However, no infections have been reported
in the clinical study of RADIESSE filler. Report any side effects you may experience to
your doctor.

What can I expect after treatment?

Immediately following a treatment session with RADIESSE dermal filler redness,
bruising or swelling may occur in the treatment area. These signs usually go away
in a short period and are generally mild in nature. An ice pack may be applied
to the treatment area to help reduce swelling. Your health care provider will give
you specific post-treatment care instructions.

For approximately 24 hours after treatment:

• Avoid significant movement or massage of the treated area.
• Do not apply makeup.
• Avoid extensive sun or heat exposure.

After you leave the office, you may experience redness, bruising or swelling for a
few days. Not all patients experience these, but please note that such effects can
occur and are not out of the ordinary for such a treatment.

You may be able to feel the area where RADIESSE dermal filler was injected for
some period after injection. Over time, the injected area will feel more and more
like your own tissue.

How quickly can I get back to my daily activities?

Most patients feel comfortable going back to their normal activities immediately
after treatment with RADIESSE dermal filler.

How many treatments are required?

Your doctor will decide with you the number of treatment sessions and the
amount of RADIESSE dermal filler you will need at each treatment session. Generally, significant changes may be achieved in a first treatment. A touch-up may be required to achieve optimal results.

Without touch-up injections, how will my skin look?

Your skin will begin to gradually look like it did before treatment as you near the
end of the time period RADIESSE dermal filler usually lasts. Periodic touch up
injections will help you maintain the look you have after treatment.

What other things do I need to know?

The microspheres in RADIESSE filler can be seen in X-rays and CT Scans. It is very
important that you inform your doctor and other health care professionals that you
have RADIESSE filler injected in your face. Even though RADIESSE filler can be seen
in X-rays and CT Scans, there is not a high risk that it would cause your doctor concern, as long as s/he knows that you have had RADIESSE filler injected in your face.

To learn more about Radiesse® and to find out if treatment is right for you, please Contact Us today to schedule a consultation.

Please visit the Radiesse website for more information.

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Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology is a cosmetic dermatology clinic serving the San Francisco metro area. The board-certified dermatologists, Dr. Kathleen M. Welsh, Dr. Andrea M. Hui, and their staff perform BOTOX® Cosmetic, JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, CoolSculpting®, vascular laser treatments, and intense pulsed light (IPL) for San Francisco, Bay Area, Belvedere, Greenbrae, Mill Valley, and Oakland-area men and women.