If you’ve been trying to treat your smile lines with anti-aging treatments and products but still aren’t seeing results, we want to introduce you to a dermal filler that can change everything. At Veda Medical in Live Oak, TX, we offer a collagen-stimulating filler called Radiesse that can help restore your natural collagen and smooth those lines and wrinkles that have been affecting your self image and your confidence.
Who Is a Candidate for Radiesse?
If you are over the age of 21 and want to address fine lines and wrinkles, skin laxity, or volume loss in the lower half of your face, you may be the perfect good candidate for this anti-aging injectable. Women who are pregnant or nursing will not qualify for the treatment and those who are allergic to the filler formula.
Patients of All Different Ages
Men and women of all different ages make good candidates for this anti-aging injectable. Typically, men and women between the ages of 30 and 60 schedule this treatment to restore volume to their faces, but that doesn’t mean that those in their 20s are excluded from the treatment process.
Sometimes lifestyle factors and genetics can cause premature aging, so as long as you are over the age of 21, are in good health, and are not allergic to any of the injectable ingredients, you can enjoy the anti-aging benefits of this injectable.
Patients With Moderate to Severe Signs of Aging
If you’ve noticed that your lines and wrinkles are beginning to worsen and now appear moderate or even deeper than they used to, you may be a good candidate for this particular injectable. Radiesse can visibly reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles by restoring collagen in the deeper layers of the skin. Once you receive injectables in your planned treatment area, you can rest assured knowing that you will see some incredible results.
Determining Your Candidacy
You can read about the characteristics that make you a good candidate for Radiesse, but when it comes down to it, a consultation at our office is the best way to determine whether you qualify for this injectable.
At this consultation, we will discuss your concerns and evaluate your primary problem areas in person. We will also review your medical history and ensure that you aren’t allergic to any of the ingredients in this filler. Then, we will confirm that this injectable is right for you and design your treatment plan.
What Is Radiesse?
Radiesse is an anti-aging cosmetic injectable that contains a primary ingredient designed to stimulate collagen production in your problem areas. Unlike most dermal fillers made of a synthetic hyaluronic acid gel formulation, this filler can restore facial volume, improve the appearance of loose skin, and smooth facial lines, creases, and wrinkles with CaHA, the main ingredient.
What Is CaHA?
CaHA stands for calcium hydroxyapatite. This ingredient forces the body to create more collagen when injected into the deeper layers of the skin. This primary ingredient is the active ingredient held within a gel formulation, and once injected into the skin, it delivers some immediate plumping effects.
However, this plumping effect will diminish in the days following your treatment as your body absorbs the saline solution, but your body will react to the CaHA by increasing collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin.
A Different Kind of Filler
If you’ve never heard of a collagen-stimulating filler like Radiesse before, you may be wondering how it compares to hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers like Juvéderm or Restylane. It depends on your ultimate goals and what you want to address. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers are not better than collagen-stimulating fillers; some are better suited for some patients over others.
However, this collagen-stimulating injectable has been shown to increase collagen production in the deeper layer of the skin by up to 30%. Patients who want to increase their body’s natural filler, collagen, can do so using this injectable. The results are natural and noticeable, and will help you treat the signs of aging without compromising your appearance.
What Can It Treat?
This dermal filler is designed to treat some very specific areas of the face and body. It can be used to inject volume and restore collagen in the areas around the mouth and in the mid to lower half of the face. It can also be used to increase collagen production on the back of the hands that often exhibit the signs of aging.
Treating Smile Lines
Smile lines are some of the most common signs of aging, and they form with varying degrees of severity. Smile lines often take the form of nasolabial folds, marionette lines, or a downturned smile. Most patients begin to notice these lines in their 30s, but they can form as early as their 20s. This collagen-stimulating injectable can restore collagen to the area around your mouth while smoothing those lines and wrinkles to help you look and feel younger.
Treating a Downturned Smile
As you age, your skin loses elasticity as your body creates less collagen and elastin, and as a result, it can affect the area around your mouth and cause you to appear as if you have a downturned smile. This collagen-stimulating filler can help lift your smile and restore youth to your appearance.
Treating Marionette Lines
Marionette lines are the lines that run from the outer corners of the mouth down towards the chin. They’re often referred to as chin wrinkles, but they can easily be treated with this filler.
Treating Aging Hands
Not only does your face exhibit the signs of aging, but so too do your hands. If you’ve noticed that your hands look older than you would like, and you can see bony protrusions, veins, and tendons, it’s most likely due to volume loss. This collagen-stimulating filler can inject volume into the hands and increase collagen production to deliver noticeable and long-lasting results.
Elasticity loss can also lead to the formation of jowls along the jawline. If you miss your defined jawline, this collagen-stimulating filler can help restore definition along your jawline and contour your profile so that you can look and feel more like your younger self again, maybe even better.
What Happens During the Treatment Process?
Once you schedule your appointment, you’ll be provided with a list of pre-treatment preparation instructions. You may be asked to avoid some specific anti-aging skin care treatments for one to two weeks before your scheduled treatment.
Additionally, you may be asked to avoid blood-thinning medications or supplements for several days before your treatment. If at any point you develop a skin infection or skin irritation in the planned treatment area, let our office know so that we can reschedule your treatment once your skin has healed.
The Injection Process
The Radiesse treatment process is quick and simple. The entire appointment should take less than 30 minutes to complete, even if you want to treat multiple areas of your face or your hands. Before beginning the treatment process, an injector will apply a topical numbing solution to help maintain comfort throughout the treatment.
Then, a series of quick and virtually painless injections will be made with an injectable fitted with a very thin needle. You’ll see an initial plumping effect post-treatment that will fade in the days that follow your appointment, but know that incredible results are well on their way.
There is no downtime associated with this cosmetic injectable, but you will be asked to avoid some specific environments and activities to help ensure the best results. Be prepared to:
- Avoid hot environments or settings
- Avoid excessive sun exposure
- Avoid touching or massaging your treatment area
- Temporary avoid the use of retinol and other chemical exfoliating treatments
- Avoid strenuous workouts for 24 hours
Once you achieve your desired results, you can expect them to last anywhere from 12 to 18 months. We can perform touchup treatments as necessary to ensure that your body is making adequate amounts of collagen in your problem areas to help smooth lines and wrinkles, restore volume, and help you look and feel your best.
Increase Your Body’s Collagen Production
If you want to experience an anti-aging injectable that can deliver natural and long-lasting results, you can’t go wrong with Radiesse. Contact us today at Veda Medical in Live Oak, TX, to find more information about this treatment and schedule your initial consultation with an experienced injector.