What is “Hyperdilute” Radiesse?
While it sounds complicated, hyperdiluted Radiesse is simply Radiesse that has been thinned out with a mixture of saline solution and Lidocaine. This diluted mixture is injected into areas where the skin is showing sagging and looseness. The calcium hydroxyapatite molecules in Radiesse then stimulate the body to build new collagen. This naturally firms and improves the area, adding volume to the sagging area and improving the skin texture.
What can Hyperdilute Radiesse help with?
All areas can be done, but some new interesting areas to consider are the decolletage (chest wall), necklines for thinning skin around the neck, cellulitic dimples of the thighs and buttocks, giving minor volume to the buttock for better shape, knee lines from lax skin with aging, stretch marks, and laxity around the arms.
What are the benefits of Hyperdilute Radiesse with the cannula method?
Cannulas are beneficial to apply fillers in general, but with hyperdilute Radiesse you can go safely, effectively, and automatically into thinner areas for volumizing.
Who is an ideal candidate for Hyperdilute Radiesse?
With hyperdiluted Radiesse, Dr. Bertolino is able to gradually tighten and thicken targeted areas of skin, creating smoother, firmer, younger-looking skin on treatment areas across the face and body. It’s an exciting new treatment that can correct a wider range of aesthetic problems, including crepe-like skin, skin laxity, and even areas of cellulite. It does this naturally through the body’s own collagen production.
How many treatments will I need?
Dr. Bertolino has found that from one to three initial treatment sessions are needed to achieve the aesthetic effects desired. These are spaced one month apart. From there, it’s only maintenance, with one hyperdilute Radiesse treatment every 12-18 months.
What kinds of results can I expect with these hyperdilute Radiesse treatments?
When Radiesse is diluted in this fashion and is then injected into areas of collagen (and subsequent volume) loss it triggers the body to produce new collagen. But the difference is the type of collagen produced. There are three forms of collagen, Type I, Type II, and Type III. The original collagen in our bodies that is produced to provide the structural latticework that supports our skin is Type I collagen. That’s where the problem with aging occurs, as the production of this original form of collagen drops by one additional percentage point every year after our 20th birthday. That means by the age of 45, our skin is supported by 25 percent less collagen; that’s why it’s about that time when wrinkles, lines, and areas of volume loss start to show up.
Hyperdiluted Radiesse has now been shown to stimulate new production of Type I collagen. Type II and Type III collagen are inferior strains without the longevity and strength of the original form. That’s why hyperdiluted Radiesse is such a great new treatment option.
Any area that is sagging or is showing crepe-like skin can be changed with these treatments. You’ll see smoother, plump, firmer skin in all of the areas Dr. Bertolino injects hyperdilute Radiesse. From there, occasional maintenance every year or so maintains your plump, younger-looking skin.
Hyperdilute Radiesse Before & After
Where is hyperdilute Radiesse used?
When Dr. Bertolino injects hyperdilute Radiesse into an area, the calcium hydroxyapatite triggers the production of the new Type I collagen. These are the areas we’re having great success with at Smooth Solutions:
- Upper inner arms
- Mid and lower face
Are Radiesse treatments safe?
Radiesse was approved by the FDA as a facial filler at the end of 2006. This new use of hyperdiluted Radiesse is technically “off label,” but because of the dilution, there isn’t any risk of reaction. There isn’t any downtime, and because Dr. Bertolino uses a cannula there typically is little to no bruising. Calcium hydroxyapatite, which is the mechanism by which Radiesse triggers collagen production, is a naturally occurring form of the mineral calcium apatite. It makes up most of our bone structure, builds tooth enamel, and exists in tiny amounts in the brain. It isn’t a foreign, manufactured substance, and it has proven to be safe.
How is Radiesse different from Juvéderm?
Radiesse is made from calcium hydroxyapatite particles suspended in a water gel. It doesn’t “fill” in the area of volume loss as typical hyaluronic acid fillers do. Instead, the calcium hydroxyapatite molecules stimulate the body to produce new amounts of collagen. This then firms and plumps the skin over time, filling in areas of volume loss and pushing back up wrinkles and lines. This is really a natural solution to regain volume. These results from the traditional use of Radiesse last over one year.
Juvéderm (and other hyaluronic acid fillers like Restylane) are different. Juvéderm is made basically from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the human body that is responsible for hydrating, plumping, and firming the skin. When injected beneath a wrinkle or into an area of volume loss, Juvéderm simply fills in space as the hyaluronic acid binds with nearby water molecules. These results usually last 6-9 months, depending upon the amount of movement in the skin of the area (more movement shortens the duration of the results).
Hyperdilute Radiesse lasts even longer than regular Radiesse. After three injection sessions, patients are seeing long-term volume return accomplished with only a single maintenance session once every year or so.
How are hyperdilute Radiesse sessions done?
To create the hyperdiluted material, Radiesse is combined with a simple saline solution and Lidocaine. Dr. Bertolino then injects the solution with a cannula. This enables him to place the hyperdilute Radiesse into thinner areas where the skin is crepe-like and saggy. These injections are quick, 30-minute in-office treatments.
Is there any downtime after having hyperdilute Radiesse?
There is no downtime. There can be some slight bruising at the injection sites, but this is minimal thanks to the use of the cannula. Patients can get right back to their normal activities immediately after their session.
Can I combine hyperdilute Radiesse with other treatments at Smooth Solutions?
These new treatments make a perfect complement to just about anything else we do at Smooth Solutions. For instance, you could have hyperdilute Radiesse fill the backs of your hands and we could add a microdermabrasion session or a chemical peel. Really, just about any treatment, we provide (as long as the treatment area is not the same) would be a good complement to these new Radiesse offerings.
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