Radiesse™ differs from RESTYLANE® in its basic composition. Rather than using hyaluronic acid, Radiesse™ behaves like a semi-solid soft tissue implant. The principle component of Radiesse™ is synthetic calcium hydroxylapatite, a biomaterial with more than twenty years of use in other surgical specialties. Once injected, the calcium hydroxylapatite remains stable long after its gel carrier is reabsorbed, resulting in long-term restoration and augmentation of the soft tissue.
Radiesse™ has considerably longer-lasting results than hyaluronic acid-based fillers, with results typically lasting over a year. Radiesse™ is most suitable for deeper soft tissue augmentation in the nasolabial folds, cheeks, and the frown lines of the forehead. It is often used in combination with a “softer” filler such as RESTYLANE® to combine long-lasting deeper tissue augmentation with a smooth surface.
If you live in the greater San Francisco area and would like to learn more about hyaluronic acid and other skin fillers, contact the Behmand Institute of Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Behmand.