Radiesse® is best used to volumize and add structure to cheeks, jawlines and temples. It is a unique, calcium-based product that over a period of months gets re-absorbed into your body leaving behind a natural scaffold for new collagen growth.
Natural collagen is what gives skin a smooth, supple, youthful appearance. As you age, natural collagen breaks down resulting in formation of facial lines and wrinkles and loss of facial volume.
Radiesse® is one of only two fillers included in the MerzAesthetics portfolio, but don’t let this small showing put you off using their products. Merz is also the company who has created Xeomin – the “green” neuromodulator, Ultherapy – the only skin tightening device on the market that harnesses the power of sound, Asclera – the only product BMD uses to destroy spider veins, and the Neocutis line of clinical skin care that has proprietary collagen-stimulating properties and is a client-favorite.
Radiesse® is unique! It is the first and only non-hyaluronic acid based dermal filler on the market. It’s structure is composed of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres suspended in a water-based gel carrier that helps evenly distribute the filler once injected. As a potential Radiesse® patient, this means that this novel filler has an impressive capacity for lifting, line filling, volumizing, contouring and skin tightening due to its composition. It also causes long term volume restoration secondary to its ability to invigorate one’s own body’s collagen production. Radiesse® has been tested rigorously and studies have shown that it is one of the longest lasting fillers on the market, with aesthetic results that last 18-24 months.
Radiesse® may not be the first tool we think about when looking to add shape and volume to your facial anatomy, but oftentimes is the only product that will suffice for a particular individual. The unique structure of Radiesse® enables it to provide an extreme amount of volume restoration to the nasolabial folds, marionette lines, cheek hollows, cheekbone, jawline, oral commissures, chin, temple, bridge of the nose, and hands. It was originally tested on individuals who required moderate to severe correction for depletion of the bony structure and loss of fatty tissue due to illness. What additional studies and providers in our office have found, is that Radiesse® is able to restore the fullness of the face that is lost due to significant facial aging, weight loss or make modifications to facial structures that contribute to a lack of harmony of the face. This calcium-based filler can also be a solution for patients who metabolize hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers faster than average and are disappointed in the longevity of their HA filler treatments.
Getting your best result from dermal fillers is as much about where you put the product as it is about volume and product selection. The anatomy of the face is surprisingly complex, and being too shallow or too deep by only millimeters can dramatically affect your results.
Belotero Balance® is a natural, gel-based HA filler that is best used to smooth superficial lines located just beneath the skin. Areas like vertical lip lines, smoker’s lines, under eye crepiness, and acne scarring can all benefit from the second filler in the Merz portfolio: Belotero Balance®. As we age, the skin becomes less firm and less taught due to many factors including the reduction in synthesis of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is essential in the skin’s ability to retain moisture and appear healthy and hydrated. Having a dermal injection specialist use HA fillers to replace some of this lost HA results in an instant improvement in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Belotero is specially designed with a low density and high water concentration in order to allow it to spread easily under the skin, resulting in natural, even results. It is often Bryn Mawr Dermatolgy’s choice of fillers when it comes to putting the final touch on a volumizing filler treatment since it blends seamlessly into the skin without significant risk of noticeable accumulation of product where it doesn’t belong.
Over time, we have shifted our aesthetic rejuvenation focus from a two-dimensional approach that addresses improving skin tone and texture to a three-dimensional one. A keen aesthetic artist will look for the signs of facial aging from the front, sides, top and bottom to discern where the patient is lacking symmetry, balance and proportion and devise a plan to restore these for the most pleasing aesthetic outcome.
Using a combination of products, including dermal fillers like Radiesse® and Belotero®, allows us to focus on revitalizing your facial topography. Any good cosmetic dermatologist will consider the options for the ideal approach to each individual’s anti-aging goals, but a superb cosmetic dermatologist, like the ones at Bryn Mawr Dermatology, will have thousands of hours of experience using all the available products and be able to think outside the box when it is time for a unique plan of attack.
The specialists at Bryn Mawr Dermatology are always happy to consult with you about the many options we offer and answer any questions that might arise. Our aesthetic artists thrive on problem-solving and delivering quality results that are as singular as you are.
We welcome you to learn more about what this popular and effective cosmetic filler can do to meet your cosmetic goals. Call 610.525.7800 to learn more about the Merz fillers today.
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