Many of the visible signs of facial aging are due to the loss of volume and elasticity that comes with the breakdown of collagen. Thankfully, our experienced and skilled team can offer solutions to help combat the natural signs of aging to help patients look and feel more confident. Chicago patients of Northwestern Specialists in Plastic Surgery can achieve beautiful, natural-looking correction of wrinkles, lines, and folds by replacing lost volume with injectable dermal fillers. At our plastic surgery practice in Chicago, lost collagen can be replaced with any of the major dermal fillers, including RADIESSE®
RADIESSE® is a highly sought-after dermal filler that is primarily indicated for use around the cheek, mouth and chin. RADIESSE® is composed of calcium hydroxyapatite microspheres suspended in a gel carrier. This unique formulation allows RADIESSE® to stimulate the production of your body’s own natural collagen. Once the gel carrier is broken down by the body, the calcium microspheres remain, and the body creates a network of collagen fibers around them. Eventually, the microspheres dissolve, but the network of collagen fibers remains, adding volume at the treatment site.
Typically, patients seek Radiesse to help fill in sunken-in facial areas, including around the nose, mouth, and cheeks where the skin is often wrinkled or folded. It can be used to treat laugh lines that have developed over the years and can even help improve deep scars. Ideal candidates for Radiesse injections are 35-60 years old.
Results from RADIESSE are seen immediately and they may last up to a year or more in some patients. Some patients even experience benefits that last up to two years depending on the individual and how their body reacts. Over time, the calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHA) gel absorbs back into your body and leaves your natural collagen in its place.