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What is Radiesse?

Radiesse is a collagen-stimulating filler manufactured by Merz. There is a nice video produced by Merz regarding Radiesse and its mechanism of action. Pls, follow the link to access the video –


What is Radiesse made of?

Radiesse is Calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHa) which has 30% calcium hydroxyapatite crystals along with carboxy methylcellulose (CMC) carrier. The calcium hydroxyapatite is a synthetic substance similar to that found in bones and teeth whereas the carrier cell is made of Cellulose and is soluble in water. The carrier gel itself is commonly used as an emulsifier in food products. Once the gel is injected the CMC gel gets broken down whereas calcium hydroxyapatite stimulates the fibroblasts to stimulate collagen.


Which areas are Radiesse good for?

Radiesse is suitable for deeper falls and wrinkles and should be injected deep in the skin or on the bone. It is well known to create angle contours and hence popular in men and for jaw enhancement.


Are there areas where Radiesse should not be injected?

Radiesse should not be injected in the lips/ tear troughs and superficially in the skin as it increases the chance of nodule formation.


When does Radiesse start working?

Stimulation occurs as early as four weeks and continues for 12 months after injection the feeling effect of the radius filler itself last for 12 to 18 months on an average.


Are there any risks?

Redness, bruising and pain are common as with any injections and settles within a few days. Analysis of multiple studies has shown that Radiesse has a slightly increased chance of lump formation (3%) and is treated with an injection of steroids and very rarely excision of the nodule.

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