WHAT IS RADIESSE?
Radiesse consists of tiny micro spheres of a synthetic material called calcium hydroxylapatite (30%) that is combined with a common hydrogel (70%) used in a vast array of products. The result is a white, creamy like substance. Since the calcium hydroxylapatite is not a foreign substance, but actually the same material as that found in our bones and teeth, no allergy testing is required. After injection, the microspheres are incorporated into the substance of the skin, resulting in a soft and even enhancement.
WHAT IS SCULPTRA ?
Sculptra is an injectable filler that contains microparticles of poly-L-lactic acid – a synthetic compound that has been shown to be non allergenic, biodegradable, stable and safe after injection into the human body for many years.
DO I NEED A SKIN TEST PRIOR TO TREATMENT ?
No. Due to the safe and compatible materials used in both Radiesse and Sculptra, no pre-testing of any kind is required. There have been no reported allergic reactions from use of Radiesse or Sculptra. None of the components of Restylane or Sculptra have animal or human tissue.
IS THE INJECTION TREATMENT PAINFUL ?
Westside Medical Spa is committed to a painless experience, no matter what the procedure. Depending on the particular patient’s preference we have local lidocaine injections, topical creams and ice to make sure that there is no discomfort whatsoever.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE PROCEDURE?
After going over your treatment goals, Dr. Rivkin will apply your chosen method of anesthesia. The injection is performed with you in a sitting position and takes about 15 to 20 minutes. A small needle is used to place the Radiesse or Sculptra just underneath the skin and it is gently massaged into place. Since results are visible immediately, you will be in complete control of how much Radiesse or Sculptra is used. Dr. Rivkin will pause throughout the procedure to show you the progress and get your input.
HOW FAST WILL I BE ABLE TO SEE RESULTS ?
Results are visible immediately.
HOW LONG DO THE BENEFITS OF RADIESSE TREAMTENT LAST ? WHAT ABOUT SCULPTRA?
Most patients report treatment with Radiesse lasting about 2 years, although many have had results last for 3 or more years. Sculptra has also been shown to last approximately 2 years.
WHERE ON THE FACE CAN RADIESSE BE USED ?
Radiesse is best at:
Smoothing the lines between the nose and mouth (otherwise known as smile lines or the nasolabial folds)
Smoothing the lines at the corners of the mouth (otherwise known as frown or marionette lines)
Smoothing wrinkles between the eyebrows
Filling depressions like acne scars.
Dr. Rivkin also uses Radiesse to:
Correct nasal bumps and deviations (Non Surgical Nose Job)
Correct dark circles under the eyes (Non Surgical Eye Lift)
Camouflage jowls and restore a youthful jaw line (Non Surgical Face Lift)
Correct a receding or disproportionally small chin (Non Surgical Chin Enhancement)
WILL I BE ABLE TO FEEL THE MATERIAL AS A HARD LUMP IN MY SKIN ?
No. Both Radiesse and Sculptra are very soft materials and are easily and quickly integrated into the skin tissues. You may feel a soft prominence in the area injected, depending on the amount of Radiesse or Sculptra used, but it will not be visible as a lump.
HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER THE INJECTIONS ? WHEN CAN I GO BACK TO WORK?
You may have some mild redness or swelling immediately after the injection, but this will usually resolve within 24 hours, especially if ice is applied to the area. This can easily be camouflaged with mineral make-up and most patients go back to work immediately. There is no pain after the treatment.
ARE THERE ANY LIMITATIONS TO MY ACTIVITIES AFTER TREATMENT ?
The only limitation is that you should avoid activities that will strain your facial features for 48 hours following treatment as much as possible. For example, avoid activities such as strenuous laughing, using a straw, singing, shouting, cheering, chewing gum, eating tough food, etc. Otherwise normal activities are fine.
HOW SAFE IS Radiesse? HAVE THERE BEEN ANY COMPLICATIONS REPORTED?
Radiesse has been safely injected in over 30,000 patients worldwide without a report of serious reaction to the product. There have been minor complications reported by some patients receiving large volume lip augmentation where some lumpiness or small nodules have occurred within several days of treatment. These nodules are not permanent. Nevertheless, this is why Dr. Rivkin does not use Radiesse in the lips.
The only adverse effects seen to date with Radiesse have been limited to bruising and, very rarely, infection at the injection site. We avoid injection into areas of skin inflammation and we counsel against the use of Radiesse in clients prone to keloid formation.