Wrinkles come but, unfortunately, they don’t “go” away without some help. There are quite a few types of cosmetic surgeries that can help soften or eliminate wrinkles and bring back a more youthful appearance, but some of our Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Center patients who are not ready to undergo surgery ask us, “What is the next best solution for appearing younger through non-surgical means?” The solution that we suggest is trying dermal fillers and/or Botox or Dysport for a temporary solution.
Although this article is primarily about Radiesse, a certain type of dermal filler, we will give you a quick overview of the difference between fillers and Botox/Dysport for those who may not be familiar with either. Dysport or Botox are neuromodulators that relax the muscles causing the wrinkles. They are primarily used in the top half of the face (crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, frown lines). Dermal fillers are usually used in the lower half of the face and they add volume to the face by filling in depressions and wrinkles (for example, they can be used to fill in the nasolabial lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth to soften the deep grooves that make the face appear older).
How, exactly, can Radiesse bring back my youthful appearance?
As we age, our appearance changes because the aging process causes loss of facial volume and a decline in skin elasticity. The result is facial sagging and deepening of lines and wrinkles, which can make a person look tired and older than they really are. Radiesse, an FDA-approved dermal filler that contains calcium-based microspheres, restores fullness in your face by adding volume and smoothing out lines and wrinkles. The increased volume and decrease in deep lines and wrinkles can turn back the clock dramatically. An added benefit of Radiesse is that it has been clinically proven to stimulate production of your natural collagen for a longer lasting result. The average person sees results for 12 months, sometimes more.
Popular treatment areas for Radiesse are the oral commissures (corners of the mouth), jowl area, marionette lines, and nasolabial folds (although it can be used in other areas of the face).
There are several FDA-approved dermal fillers on the market today that we also use (Perlane, Restylane, Juvederm) and these are made from hyaluronic acid. Radiesse is the only calcium-based filler available and because it is longer-lasting, it may be a more affordable wrinkle correction option for patients.
What else do I need to know about Radiesse?
Radiesse is an injectable filler that is ideal for a broad range of patients and a great choice for those wishing to smooth out severe to moderate lines and folds. Radiesse has been FDA-approved to be mixed with lidocaine for a significantly more comfortable treatment. There is virtually no downtime with Radiesse although for best results it is recommended that no excessive sports are done after the treatment (it is okay to resume normal athletic activity the day after treatment). Radiesse is biocompatible and there is virtually no risk of an allergic reaction or rejection of Radiesse. There is the possibility of bruising, redness at the injection area, and swelling, but varies from patient to patient. To this date, over 4 million Radiesse treatments have been performed worldwide.
How do I schedule a Radiesse treatment?
Radiesse can be done by Dr. Perkins at his surgical practice, Cosmetic Surgery Center (805-563-0000), or at Evolutions Medical Spa (call for a complimentary consultation: 805-687-0212), both located in Santa Barbara. An aesthetic nurse practitioner at Evolutions Medical Spa can also perform your Radiesse treatment. All nurses at Evolutions have been extensively trained by Dr. Perkins.