Radiesse, a popular product among cosmetic surgeons, is made with small calcium microspheres suspended in gel, a substance that is very easy to use, biocompatible and long lasting. If you’re looking for a treatment that can provide a long-term wrinkle correction, Radiesse may be the right solution.


Why undergo a Radiesse treatment? While there are many possible uses, Radiesse is FDA approved for the treatment of moderate to severe facial wrinkles or folds. The nasolabial folds, or NLFs, are the most common indication. Also known as smile lines, these distinct lines travel from each side of your nose to the sides of your mouth. For women as well as men, the nasolabial folds are a common, age-related condition. Many people are dissatisfied with these wrinkles and wish to correct them through cosmetic surgery or another medical treatment.

Aside from the nasolabial folds, Radiesse has been used for a variety of treatments in facial contouring and augmentation. Cosmetic surgeons have used Radiesse to augment the nose, restore volume to the cheeks and for many other treatments.


Before treatment, your cosmetic surgeon cleans the areas targeted for wrinkle correction. A small amount of anesthetic or ice may be used prior to injection, which helps to control discomfort. Radiesse is injected into the subdermal plane of the tissue, providing an immediate correction. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Melanie Petro may massage the treated area briefly to blend it in with the adjacent skin. Beneath your skin, Radiesse acts like a scaffolding, stimulating new collagen deposition for a long lasting improvement.


Your body slowly metabolizes the filler, eventually clearing it away. Studies have shown that Radiesse lasts 10 – 14 months on average, but most patients return for another treatment after about 12 – 18 months.

Few side effects have been reported with Radiesse, with minor irritation, edema, swelling, itching, discoloration or tenderness at the injection site being the most common adverse events. If you do experience a side effect such as redness, bruising, or swelling, you may be advised to elevate your head and apply ice. Side effects typically resolve within two days.


What do you need to know about Radiesse dermal filler? Contact Petro Facial Plastic Surgery to learn more about our non-surgical cosmetic treatments including Radiesse.

For more information please call our office at (205) 420-8043.