Youthful skin is smooth and skin tone, color and texture are even and unblemished. Collagen, the structural support for smooth taut skin, and elastin, the substance that provides skin elasticity are abundant. After age 20, we produce about one percent less collagen in the skin every year. There is also diminished elastin production. The sun, genetics and pollution accelerate wrinkle formation as we mature. In addition, we lose some of the protective fat layer in the skin, skin elasticity and muscle tone leading to jowls.
The visible signs of facial aging are deep furrows, prominent folds and creases around the nose and mouth, and deep lines around the mouth and chin. Laugh lines and crow’s feet appear on the cheeks and the temples hollow out. Radiesse, a unique dermal filler, can restore volume and smooth lines and wrinkles without invasive surgery.
What is Radiesse?
Radiesse is a Calcium Hydroxyapatite (CaHA) gel filler that is used to smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds safely and successfully to restore and maintain the subtle contours that define youth. It is the first and only FDA-approved CaHA filler that provides immediate natural – looking results and long-term improvement in the face and hands.
How does Radiesse work?
Radiesse instantly provides volume and contouring to help smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds and restore plumpness; and integrates into the skin to create a scaffold that stimulates collagen and elastin. As the gel breaks down new collagen and elastin form smoothing lines and promoting renewed skin structure. Results visible immediately but full effects can take a week.
The benefits of Radiesse:
- Mid-face volume loss
- Deep smile lines called nasolabial folds create a tired, aged appearance
- The corners of the mouth turn downturned creating an angry and unpleasant appearance
- Marionette lines from the corners of the mouth to the chin can make you appear to be scowling
- Prejowl folds on both sides of the chin form as volume is lost and the skin sags along the jawline
- Chin wrinkles distract from your smile and age you
- Skeletal or veiny hands expose veins and bones
Radiesse is injected under the skin in a quick office procedure using fine needs. It can be done over the lunch hour because there is no downtime. Results are immediately visible. Side effects may include bruising, swelling, redness, itching and discomfort at the injection sites. These usually resolve within hours or days. Effects may last up to 24 months, depending on your metabolism and the areas treated.
Your cosmetic dermatology consultation
During your consultation with cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Zeena she will review your medical history and medications list to ensure you are a good candidate. Patients who use some medications and have certain medical conditions may not be good candidates. She will listen to your concerns and examine your skin and discuss what you can expect.
Result are technique sensitive and should be performed by a skilled and experienced, board-certified dermatologist who has a deep understanding of facial anatomy. Dr. Zeena at New Orleans Aesthetics has the knowledge and expertise to rejuvenate your appearance. Contact her office to schedule a dermatology appointment today.
At a Glance
Dr. Zeena Al-Dujaili
- Double board certified in dermatology and Mohs Surgery
- Fellowship trained in cosmetic dermatology
- Authored several chapters in clinical textbooks and peer-reviewed publications
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