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Radiesse is different than some of the other dermal fillers in that it can be seen on X-rays because of the calcium, and can only be used in certain areas because of its thickness. It is approved by the United States Food & Drug Administration for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds.



What is a dermal filler or skin filler?

A skin or “dermal filler” , like Radiesse, is a material that is injected under the skin’s surface to correct wrinkling or to provide volume to areas that would benefit from contouring. There are many types of fillers and each one is made with a different material and is FDA approved to last different amounts of time.

What type of dermal filler is Radiesse®?

According to the FDA, Radiesse is made from Calcium Hydroxylapatite, a biocompatible, biodegradable material similar to one of the components found in natural bone. Calcium Hydroxylapatite has been a common ingredient for years in medical products.

How long do Radiesse® treatments last?

Radiesse lasts between 12 months and 24 months depending on the area it is placed.

Is there a skin test required for a Radiesse® treatment?

Skin tests are not required with the use of Radiesse because calcium is a normal part of our body so there is little chance for an allergy to occur.

What should I expect on the day of my treatment with Radiesse®?

On the day of your appointment in our Reno office, you will have a topical numbing medication applied. After about 30-60 minutes your treatment will start.

Is Radiesse® therapy painful?

All fillers, including Radiesse, must be injected under the skin. There is a mild amount of discomfort associated with the procedure, but most is mitigated by the topical medication Dr. Janiga mixes Radiesse with lidocaine to decrease discomfort even further.

Will there be bruising or other side effects with Radiesse® injections?

A small amount of bruising is normal with any filler or injection into the face. The risk of a large amount of bruising can be decreased by not taking blood thinning medications for two weeks prior to treatment. If you are prescribed a blood thinner by your physician, whether that be an aspirin over the counter or a prescription medication like Plavix or Coumadin, please do not stop these medications without first discussing with the doctor that has prescribed this medication.

If I do get a bruise with Radiesse® dermal injections, how long will that bruise last?

Bruising can last from 3 days to 2 weeks depending on the size of the bruise and your individual rate of healing.

What can I expect after my treatment with Radiesse®?

There will be some redness and swelling for 2-3 days. There is a possibility of bruising that can last 3 days to 2 weeks. Mild discomfort in the treatment area may persist for 1-2 days and can be relieved with acetaminophen.

Are there any special instructions after a treatment with Radiesse®?

Apply cool compresses for swelling if desired. Avoid rubbing, picking, squeezing or manipulating the skin or filler underneath. Avoid vigorous exercise or activities that require being upside down for 48 hours after your procedure.

For more information or to set up a consultation with Dr. Jennifer Janiga in the comfort of our South Reno office, please send us an email or call 775-398-4600.

Jennifer J. Janiga, MD, FAAD

Dr. Janiga enjoys taking care of both adults and children. Her extensive training and years of experience in medical dermatology, lasers, and cosmetic procedures allows her to treat her patients with the comprehensive attention they deserve.

Dr. Janiga listens attentively to what patients have to say, and works with them in planning the right course of action on an individual basis. Honest talk, humility and a fresh perspective paired with years of experience and education all contribute to the effectiveness of her straightforward care.