Biostimulator Filler Radiesse

The ageing process: what to expect

As we age, there are numerous changes in our body processes, no matter how good our genes are. This affects how we feel, but also how we look. The ageing process of our face is an example of this.

The most important features of facial aging are:

  • The subcutaneous volume decreases. Both bone and adipose tissue structures decrease in volume, so that the skin is less well supported.
  • The skin itself deteriorates in quality, is dehydrated faster and the process of cell renewal is slower.
  • Muscle activity changes and muscle tone decreases.

This causes wrinkles and folds in our face, we distinguish the
following types of wrinkles:

  • Static wrinkles and folds:
    caused by loss of volume and reduction in the quality of the skin, these wrinkles are mild and superficial at the beginning of the aging process and deepen over time.
  • Dynamic wrinkles or mimic wrinkles:
    caused by a change in muscle activity.

The aging process is often presented as an inverse V.

  • The younger the face, the firmer the skin and the clearer the contours, the face has a V-shape.
  • During the aging process the contours fade and the skin becomes less firm, the V reverses.

How can I prevent wrinkle formation?

The previously described causes of facial ageing are also referred to as intrinsic factors, factors that everyone has to deal with and on which we ourselves have little influence.

There are also extrinsic factors that can influence the ageing process, including:

  • UV rays
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Bad eating and drinking habits
  • Poor general skin care

Through a healthy lifestyle and the right eating habits, we can thus significantly reduce the damage caused by extrinsic factors.

The following precautions can be taken to maintain a youthful appearance:

  • Use of a moisturizing facial care cream, optimal with UV protection
  • Use of solar protection
  • No smoking
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, avoid too much fat and sugar
  • Drinking sufficient water

What are the main symptoms of facial aging?

On the following pages, objective illustrations depict a number of zones in the face, each with the gradations (on the scale from 0 to 4) in the ageing process. These illustrations are called the Merz-ScalesTM and were developed by the pharmaceutical company Merz Aesthetics together with specialists in aesthetic diagnosis and medicine. For more information, please consult your doctor.

Cheekbones

An important change occurs at the level of the cheekbones. This zone is particularly subject to loss of volume. Loss of volume at the level of the cheekbones often results in wrinkles and folds on the underside of the face (e.g. the nasal lip folds).

Wangen

The cheeks, too, are subject to loss of volume due to the ageing process. As a result, wrinkles and folds can appear, causing a somewhat dissatisfied and unhealthy expression.

Nose lip folds

The wrinkles between the nose and corners of the mouth, the nasolabial folds, are often the first signs of ageing in the face. Due to loss of volume and sagging skin on the face, the fatty tissue sinks and the nasolabial fold develops. Constant muscle activities such as laughing and talking deepen these wrinkles.

Puppet lines

Puppet lines are the lines that run from the corners of the mouth to the chin. These too can arise at a fairly young age and often cause a sad look.

Jawline

A very common and well known phenomenon are the hamster cheeks that develop at the level of the jawline, due to loss of volume in the face and sagging skin.

Mouth corners

With the passage of time, the corners of your mouth can start to hang, giving you a sad expression.

Hands

For slim or very sporty women, hands can often be a problem area. Over the years, the fatty tissue under the skin of our hands becomes thinner, making veins and tendons more visible and the skin loses volume.

Possible treatment with an injectable filler such as
Radiesse®

Your doctor has advised you a treatment with Radiesse®. Below you will find the most important information about the product, its efficacy and risks. Please read this information again so that you can make an informed choice. Other injectable fillers are also available. If you would like to be informed, please consult your doctor.

What is Radiesse®?

The injectable filler Radiesse® is injected into the skin to reduce wrinkles or folds, to correct areas where volume loss has occurred or to accentuate certain facial areas.

How does Radiesse® work?

Radiesse® consists of a gel-matrix, which, thanks to fine calcium phosphate microspheres, ensures the body's own collagen formation. The gel is broken down by the body within 3 months. At the same time, the microspheres stimulate the production of own collagen, which results in a result that lasts up to 12 months in most patients. The diagram below illustrates what happens in the skin when Radiesse® is injected.

The Radiesse® range is available with and without lidocaine. Lidocaine is
a local anesthetic which makes the treatment less painful.

Before the treatment

A number of steps have to be taken before the treatment takes place, among others:

  • Your doctor will have you fill in a medical questionnaire. Fill it out as correctly as possible. Your medical condition may influence the treatment as well as the results, for example:
    • Previous treatments with fillers
    •  Previous surgical treatments
    • Certain medications you are taking or have recently taken
    • General condition of the skin
  • Your doctor will inform you about the treatment options, the expected effect, the benefits and the risks. The most common side effects are (as is often the case with any form of injection):
    • Moisture accumulation (edema)
    • Swelling
    • Pain
    • Itch
    • Discolouration and sensitivity at the injection site
      Although the side effects are usually mild and of a temporary nature, it still makes sense to think about them for a moment.
  • Possible cases to discuss prior to treatment:
    - Details on the duration of the effect of the treatment.
    - What are the costs associated with the treatment?
    - Are there other things you should take into account?

What happens during the treatment?

  • The injectable filler Radiesse® is injected into the skin using a fine needle and/or cannula to reduce wrinkles or folds, to correct areas where volume loss has occurred or to accentuate certain facial areas.
  • Treatment with injectables can cause slight discomfort or pain during the treatment, which is why a local anaesthetic is usually applied to make the treatment as comfortable as possible. You may feel this anaesthetic for some time.
  • To ensure an even result, the doctor will massage the treated area, which may cause your skin to be temporarily red or swollen.
    Your doctor will advise you what to do after treatment.
  • A treatment usually takes about 30 minutes, but it depends based on the number of zones to be treated.

What do you need to take into account after treatment?

  • Many patients continue their daily activities immediately after treatment, however, please follow the advice of your attending physician.
  • It is possible that you may feel mild to moderate burning or pain after an injection. The treated area may even be sensitive for a few days after treatment.
  • Swelling and discoloration (redness or bruising) of the injection site is a common side effect of injectables.
  • By keeping an ice or cold compress on the treated area(s) during the first hours after treatment you can reduce the extent and duration of the discoloration and swelling somewhat. If the swelling and redness persists for more than 5 days, please contact your treating physician.
  • After 24 hours you may carefully clean the treated area and wear make-up, unless the attending physician tells you otherwise.
  • Do not expose the treated area to intense heat (e.g. sun, solarium, sauna, etc.) or other intense facial treatments in the first week after treatment.
  • It is recommended to make another appointment with your doctor 6 to 12 weeks after treatment.
  • Radiesse® is gradually degraded over time. Remember that the results are only temporary.

FAQ

How long does Radiesse® last?

A correction with Radiesse® remains visible in most patients for a year or more, but the duration of the effect may vary from person to person, depending on age, skin type, lifestyle and muscle activity.

Is Radiesse® a permanent implant?

No. The product is biodegradable and is completely absorbed by the body.

Can Radiesse® be used in combination with other products?

It is possible to use Radiesse® in combination with other dermal fillers (e.g. hyaluronic acids). Radiesse® should not be injected if permanent implants are already present in the area to be treated. Report this to your doctor if this is the case.

Can Radiesse® be felt under the skin?

Stimulation of the body's own collagen increases the strength of the tissue.

What should I do if side effects occur?

In this case, contact your attending physician.

When can I have a repeat treatment?

Usually the effect of the treatment remains visible for up to a year.
Should you require additional or repeat treatment, please follow the advice of your doctor.

Rates

Radiesse 1.5 cc € 550,-

Radiesse 3.0 cc € 850,-

The ageing process: what to expect

As we age, there are numerous changes in our body processes, no matter how good our genes are. This affects how we feel, but also how we look. The ageing process of our face is an example of this.

The most important features of facial aging are:

  • The subcutaneous volume decreases. Both bone and adipose tissue structures decrease in volume, so that the skin is less well supported.
  • The skin itself deteriorates in quality, is dehydrated faster and the process of cell renewal is slower.
  • Muscle activity changes and muscle tone decreases.

This causes wrinkles and folds in our face, we distinguish the
following types of wrinkles:

  • Static wrinkles and folds:
    caused by loss of volume and reduction in the quality of the skin, these wrinkles are mild and superficial at the beginning of the aging process and deepen over time.
  • Dynamic wrinkles or mimic wrinkles:
    caused by a change in muscle activity.

The aging process is often presented as an inverse V.

  • The younger the face, the firmer the skin and the clearer the contours, the face has a V-shape.
  • During the aging process the contours fade and the skin becomes less firm, the V reverses.

How can I prevent wrinkle formation?

The previously described causes of facial ageing are also referred to as intrinsic factors, factors that everyone has to deal with and on which we ourselves have little influence.

There are also extrinsic factors that can influence the ageing process, including:

  • UV rays
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Bad eating and drinking habits
  • Poor general skin care

Through a healthy lifestyle and the right eating habits, we can thus significantly reduce the damage caused by extrinsic factors.

The following precautions can be taken to maintain a youthful appearance:

  • Use of a moisturizing facial care cream, optimal with UV protection
  • Use of solar protection
  • No smoking
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, avoid too much fat and sugar
  • Drinking sufficient water

What are the main symptoms of facial aging?

On the following pages, objective illustrations depict a number of zones in the face, each with the gradations (on the scale from 0 to 4) in the ageing process. These illustrations are called the Merz-ScalesTM and were developed by the pharmaceutical company Merz Aesthetics together with specialists in aesthetic diagnosis and medicine. For more information, please consult your doctor.

Cheekbones

An important change occurs at the level of the cheekbones. This zone is particularly subject to loss of volume. Loss of volume at the level of the cheekbones often results in wrinkles and folds on the underside of the face (e.g. the nasal lip folds).

Wangen

The cheeks, too, are subject to loss of volume due to the ageing process. As a result, wrinkles and folds can appear, causing a somewhat dissatisfied and unhealthy expression.

Nose lip folds

The wrinkles between the nose and corners of the mouth, the nasolabial folds, are often the first signs of ageing in the face. Due to loss of volume and sagging skin on the face, the fatty tissue sinks and the nasolabial fold develops. Constant muscle activities such as laughing and talking deepen these wrinkles.

Puppet lines

Puppet lines are the lines that run from the corners of the mouth to the chin. These too can arise at a fairly young age and often cause a sad look.

Jawline

A very common and well known phenomenon are the hamster cheeks that develop at the level of the jawline, due to loss of volume in the face and sagging skin.

Mouth corners

With the passage of time, the corners of your mouth can start to hang, giving you a sad expression.

Hands

For slim or very sporty women, hands can often be a problem area. Over the years, the fatty tissue under the skin of our hands becomes thinner, making veins and tendons more visible and the skin loses volume.

Possible treatment with an injectable filler such as
Radiesse®

Your doctor has advised you a treatment with Radiesse®. Below you will find the most important information about the product, its efficacy and risks. Please read this information again so that you can make an informed choice. Other injectable fillers are also available. If you would like to be informed, please consult your doctor.

What is Radiesse®?

The injectable filler Radiesse® is injected into the skin to reduce wrinkles or folds, to correct areas where volume loss has occurred or to accentuate certain facial areas.

How does Radiesse® work?

Radiesse® consists of a gel-matrix, which, thanks to fine calcium phosphate microspheres, ensures the body's own collagen formation. The gel is broken down by the body within 3 months. At the same time, the microspheres stimulate the production of own collagen, which results in a result that lasts up to 12 months in most patients. The diagram below illustrates what happens in the skin when Radiesse® is injected.

The Radiesse® range is available with and without lidocaine. Lidocaine is
a local anesthetic which makes the treatment less painful.

Before the treatment

A number of steps have to be taken before the treatment takes place, among others:

  • Your doctor will have you fill in a medical questionnaire. Fill it out as correctly as possible. Your medical condition may influence the treatment as well as the results, for example:
    • Previous treatments with fillers
    •  Previous surgical treatments
    • Certain medications you are taking or have recently taken
    • General condition of the skin
  • Your doctor will inform you about the treatment options, the expected effect, the benefits and the risks. The most common side effects are (as is often the case with any form of injection):
    • Moisture accumulation (edema)
    • Swelling
    • Pain
    • Itch
    • Discolouration and sensitivity at the injection site
      Although the side effects are usually mild and of a temporary nature, it still makes sense to think about them for a moment.
  • Possible cases to discuss prior to treatment:
    - Details on the duration of the effect of the treatment.
    - What are the costs associated with the treatment?
    - Are there other things you should take into account?

What happens during the treatment?

  • The injectable filler Radiesse® is injected into the skin using a fine needle and/or cannula to reduce wrinkles or folds, to correct areas where volume loss has occurred or to accentuate certain facial areas.
  • Treatment with injectables can cause slight discomfort or pain during the treatment, which is why a local anaesthetic is usually applied to make the treatment as comfortable as possible. You may feel this anaesthetic for some time.
  • To ensure an even result, the doctor will massage the treated area, which may cause your skin to be temporarily red or swollen.
    Your doctor will advise you what to do after treatment.
  • A treatment usually takes about 30 minutes, but it depends based on the number of zones to be treated.

What do you need to take into account after treatment?

  • Many patients continue their daily activities immediately after treatment, however, please follow the advice of your attending physician.
  • It is possible that you may feel mild to moderate burning or pain after an injection. The treated area may even be sensitive for a few days after treatment.
  • Swelling and discoloration (redness or bruising) of the injection site is a common side effect of injectables.
  • By keeping an ice or cold compress on the treated area(s) during the first hours after treatment you can reduce the extent and duration of the discoloration and swelling somewhat. If the swelling and redness persists for more than 5 days, please contact your treating physician.
  • After 24 hours you may carefully clean the treated area and wear make-up, unless the attending physician tells you otherwise.
  • Do not expose the treated area to intense heat (e.g. sun, solarium, sauna, etc.) or other intense facial treatments in the first week after treatment.
  • It is recommended to make another appointment with your doctor 6 to 12 weeks after treatment.
  • Radiesse® is gradually degraded over time. Remember that the results are only temporary.

FAQ

How long does Radiesse® last?

A correction with Radiesse® remains visible in most patients for a year or more, but the duration of the effect may vary from person to person, depending on age, skin type, lifestyle and muscle activity.

Is Radiesse® a permanent implant?

No. The product is biodegradable and is completely absorbed by the body.

Can Radiesse® be used in combination with other products?

It is possible to use Radiesse® in combination with other dermal fillers (e.g. hyaluronic acids). Radiesse® should not be injected if permanent implants are already present in the area to be treated. Report this to your doctor if this is the case.

Can Radiesse® be felt under the skin?

Stimulation of the body's own collagen increases the strength of the tissue.

What should I do if side effects occur?

In this case, contact your attending physician.

When can I have a repeat treatment?

Usually the effect of the treatment remains visible for up to a year.
Should you require additional or repeat treatment, please follow the advice of your doctor.

Rates

Radiesse 1.5 cc € 550,-

Radiesse 3.0 cc € 850,-

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