Cosmetic Fillers: Radiesse, Juvederm, Restylane

Radiesse™, Juvederm™, Restylane…Cosmetic dermal fillers are used throughout the world to diminish the appearance of wrinkles, lines, and facial folds. In addition to the long-lasting results it provides as a cosmetic filler, Radiesse™ is also FDA-approved in the United States to treat oral and maxillofacial defects, vocal cord deficiencies, and is used in the treatment of facial lipoatrophy (facial wasting) in patients with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

What is Radiesse™?
Radiesse™ (or Radiance™) is a next-generation cosmetic filler used in the treatment of deep lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth – including smile lines, marionette lines, and nasolabial folds. Similar to the makeup of ArteFill®, Radiesse™ cosmetic filler has small microspheres (particles) suspended in a gel-like solution. There is no need for an allergy test prior to Radiesse™ filler injections since the microspheres are comprised of calcium hydroxylapatite, a substance naturally found in the body.

For the first three months after Radiesse™ treatment, it acts as a cosmetic filler, plumping up the skin and diminishing age lines. Then, Radiesse™ microspheres stimulate natural collagen growth, actually causing new tissue development for extended results (up to two years). In addition, Radiesse™ is useful in the treatment of facial lipoatrophy (a stigmatizing effect of HIV), vocal cord deficiencies, oral and maxillofacial defects, as well as scars and chin dimples.

Candidates for Cosmetic Filler Treatment

Candidates for cosmetic filler treatment include patients showing obvious signs of facial aging. Cosmetic Filler candidates commonly seek treatment for prominent smile lines, marionette lines, and other facial wrinkles. Cosmetic Fillers can also be used as an alternative to implant surgery, providing augmentation to a patient’s nose, cheeks, or chin.. Because cosmetic filler is made of a natural substance that occurs in the body, no allergy testing is needed.

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