As soon as my new lenses were sitting on my nose, I noticed, in vivid detail and with complete clarity, the wrinkles on my face. Had I not been in a vision center, I would have burst into tears!
It was blatantly obvious to me that as we age, our skin apparently undergoes a number of changes affecting its texture, volume and appearance. Not that I didn’t suspect this all along but that new pair of glasses gave it validation and I started looking for the proverbial anti-aging fountain of youth.
I found that during the aging process, our own natural collagen breaks down, shrinking our facial volume and its elasticity. The loss of elasticity can result in deep folds of skin or deep wrinkles.
Fortunately, qualified dermatologists can use fillers or lasers to correct these noticeable signs of aging and can recommend skin care options with added ingredients that will repair our aging, damaged, wrinkled skin. This post will cover my research on calcium hydroxyapatite, a premium option to take years off your face.
This filler, introduced and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for facial rejuvenation called calcium hydroxylapatite (or hydroxyapatite) is its generic name. The registered trade mark and brand name for this filler is Radiesse, manufactured by Merz Aesthetics, Inc. with a US Headquarters in San Mateo, CA.
The Radiesse injectable filler is thicker in consistency than the more well known hyaluronic acid fillers (you probably recognize the trade names of Juvederm and Restylane), so less product is required in a treated area. The thicker consistency is said to present a slightly higher risk for an adverse reaction than the thinner hyaluronic fillers.
Hydroxyapatite is the heaviest of facial dermal fillers. This substance, found naturally in our bones, is a mineral-like compound.
It’s often used to fil
Because the Radiesse injectable filler is thicker in consistency than the more well known hyaluronic acid fillers (you probably recognize the trade names of Juvederm and Restylane), less product is required in a treated area.
The thicker consistency is said, however, to present a slightly higher risk for an adverse reaction than the thinner hyaluronic fillers in some people.
Calcium hydroxyapatite is formulated when calcium-based microspheres are suspended in a water-based gel. This filler was first used in dentistry and reconstructive surgery.
It can be found naturally in teeth and bones within the human body and is still commonly used as a filler to replace amputated bone or as a coating to promote bone growth into prosthetic implants.
Calcium hydroxyapatite is biosynthetically (formation of a chemical compound by a living organism) produced, which means that no animals or animal products are used in its testing or manufacture. This lowers your risk of an allergic reaction and no advance skin testing is usually required.
This filler is clinically proven to produce a very natural result, doesn’t migrate, and side effects from an injection are rare.
It is also used for HIV-positive patients who suffer from facial lipoatrophy, also known as facial wasting, which is a side effect of anti-retroviral medications.
The Radiesse procedure is performed in the doctor’s office and usually performed under local anesthesia.
As patient, you may experience minimal discomfort from the needle injection under your skin.
Depending on how intensive a treatment you have requested, the procedure can take up to 15 minutes. You may return home immediately following the procedure.
During the procedure you are injected with a compound of the calcium hydroxyapatite microspheres that are suspended in a carboxymethylcellulose gel.
The gel contains an organic compound of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, as well as glycerin and sterile water. You have thin connective tissue that forms around the microspheres so that the microspheres act as a permanent filler implanted at the injection location.
This will depend on the extend of your treatment and your geographical location.
Radiesse Calcium Hydroxyapatite usually provides up to 80 percent noticeable improvement immediately following your treatment. Since Radiesse is temporary, treatments must be repeated over the years to maintain the benefit.
If you are interested in this option for facial rejuvenation, you can see if there is a qualified Radiesse Calcium Hydroxyapatite provider in your area by follow this link click here.
Here are some tips to consider when consulting a doctor for an injectable filler:
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