Friday, February 27, 2009

The most underrated dermal filler - Radiesse

Quick thought of the day on practical matters....

I continue to be impressed with the dermal filler, Radiesse. It's nowhere near as popular as the Hyaluronic Acid fillers (like Juvederm and Restylane), but it has some very useful properties.

Radiesse is made of calcium-based "microspheres" suspended in a water-based carrier gel. The gel degrades after injection, but the calcium spheres persist and cause an inflammation that stimulates collagen deposition.
Results like below (which I found on the net)are pretty striking when you direct this product into the cheek and deep nasolabial folds and "marionette lines" under the mouth.

Why do I like this so much? In two words, it's effective and efficient. One syringe of Radiesse is worth the effect of 2 of the hyaluronic acid fillers syringes and lasts up to two years to boot! In general, I think this is a much better deal for most patients even though it probably generates less revenue for me because patients don't need as many injections (due to the length of duration).


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