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Q. What is Radiesse®?

Radiesse® is a cosmetic dermal filler made of calcium based microspheres suspended in a natural gel. Radiesse® is completely biocompatible humans which means that Radiesse® injections are very safe. No pretesting for allergies is required with Radiesse®.

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Q. What areas and problems can be treated with Radiesse®?

Radiesse® can be used to fill the nasolabial folds (the crease between the corner of the nose and the corner of the mouth). Radiesse® can also be used to enhance cheekbones, enhance the chin and hide the bump on the bridge of the nose. Radiesse® can be used to fill in hollow cheeks. Although there are exceptions, Radiesse® should NOT be used to enhance the size or shape of the lips.

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Q. How long do the results of Radiesse® treatments last?

Improvements with Radiesse® last about 12-18 months, sometimes longer. Because Radiesse® stimulates collagen formation, the area that was treated with Radiesse® usually looks improved even after the Radiesse® has disappeared.

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Q. What kind of side effects can I get from Radiesse® injections?

Radiesse® injections, just like any other injection, can cause some bruising and swelling. The swelling and bruising usually lasts for a few days. We have some special techniques that we use to minimize the swelling and bruising associated with Radiesse® injections. More serious side effects such are possible but very rare.

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Q. Can I get a discount if I need less than the whole syringe of Radiesse?

Radiesse® comes in 1.3 cc tubes or syringes. Unfortunately, there is no safe way to "give" your unused Radiesse® to anyone else. If we know in advance that you only need a very small amount of Radiesse®, we can order a special "touch up" syringe of Radiesse® which is smaller and costs less.

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Q. Can Radieese be used in place of Botox?

Radiesse® is intened to be used in the lower face and to enhance cheekbones. Botox is intended to be used in the upper face. Although there are exceptions, it is usually not a good idea to try to use Radiesse® in the upper face, especially in the area between the eyebrows.

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Q. Do I need to do anything differently before I get injected with Radiesse?

Radiesse® requires no pretesting, but you should take a few precautions before being treated. Avoid using St. John's Wort, high doses of Vitamin E supplements, aspirin, and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen prior to treatment with Radiesse, because these may increase bruising or bleeding at the injection site. Also, if you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, discuss this with your physician. He or she may consider prescribing a medication to minimize recurrence.

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