What is Radiesse and How Does It Work?

Radiesse by La Bella Medical Aesthetics in Worcester, MA

In the world of aesthetic treatments, dermal fillers have become a popular choice for those seeking to enhance their natural beauty and combat the signs of aging. Among the various fillers available, Radiesse stands out for its unique composition and long-lasting results. At La Bella Medical Aesthetics, we offer Radiesse as part of our comprehensive treatments for a youthful, rejuvenated look. In this blog, we will delve into what Radiesse is, how it works, its benefits, and what to expect from the treatment process.

Understanding Radiesse

Radiesse smooths moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds, and restores volume in areas that have lost their youthful fullness with age. Unlike other dermal fillers made of hyaluronic acid, Radiesse is made of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres. Calcium hydroxylapatite is a biocompatible substance that is naturally found in the human body, primarily in bones.

The unique composition of Radiesse not only provides immediate volume and correction and stimulates natural collagen production over time. This dual-action mechanism sets Radiesse apart from other fillers, making it a preferred choice for many patients and practitioners.

How Radiesse Works

The effectiveness of Radiesse lies in its dual-action mechanism:

  1. Immediate Volume and Lift: When Radiesse is injected into the skin, the gel carrier provides instant volume and smoothing of wrinkles and folds. This immediate effect helps contour the face and restore a youthful appearance right after the treatment.
  2. Stimulation of Collagen Production: Over time, Radiesse’s calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres stimulate the body’s natural collagen production. The collagen in the skin provides strength, elasticity, and youthful firmness. As collagen production increases, it helps to maintain the volume and lift provided by the initial injection, resulting in long-lasting improvement.

Benefits of Radiesse

Choosing Radiesse at La Bella Medical Aesthetics offers numerous benefits:

  1. Long-Lasting Results: One of Radiesse’s most significant advantages is its long-lasting effects. Depending on the treatment area and individual factors, the results can last up to a year or more. This makes Radiesse a cost-effective option for maintaining a youthful appearance.
  2. Natural-Looking Enhancement: Radiesse provides a natural-looking enhancement by restoring volume and stimulating collagen production. The treatment results in a smooth, contoured appearance that looks and feels natural.
  3. Immediate Improvement: Patients can see immediate improvement in the treated areas after the injection. This instant volume and lift provide immediate satisfaction, which continues to improve as collagen production is stimulated over time.
  4. Minimal Downtime: Radiesse is a minimally invasive treatment with little downtime. Patients can typically return to normal routines shortly after the procedure, making it a convenient option for busy individuals.
  5. Versatility: Radiesse is versatile and can treat various areas of the face, including nasolabial folds, marionette lines, cheeks, jawline, and even hands. This versatility allows for comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

What to Expect During Radiesse Treatment

If you are considering Radiesse at La Bella Medical Aesthetics, it’s essential to understand the treatment process and what to expect:

  1. Consultation: Your journey begins with a thorough consultation with one of our experienced practitioners. During this consultation, we assess your facial structure, discuss your aesthetic goals, and determine if Radiesse is right for you. We will also review your medical history to ensure the treatment is safe and appropriate for your needs.
  2. Preparation: On the day of your treatment, the targeted areas may be cleansed, and a topical numbing cream may be applied to minimize discomfort. In some cases, Radiesse is mixed with lidocaine (a local anesthetic) to enhance comfort.
  3. Injection: The practitioner will inject Radiesse into the predetermined areas using a fine needle or cannula. The injection process is relatively quick, typically taking about 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of areas being treated.
  4. Post-Treatment Care: After the injections, mild swelling, redness, or bruising may occur. These side effects usually subside in a few days. Following your treatment, your practitioner will provide detailed aftercare instructions to help you maximize your results.
  5. Follow-Up: At a follow-up appointment, your progress may be monitored, and your treatment results may be evaluated. Additional treatments may be necessary to maintain and enhance the results according to your aesthetic goals.

Areas Treated with Radiesse

Radiesse is a versatile filler that can be used to treat various areas of the face and hands:

  1. Nasolabial Folds: Lines that run from the nose’s sides to the mouth’s corners. Radiesse effectively smooths these folds, creating a more youthful appearance.
  2. Marionette Lines: These lines run from the corners of the mouth to the chin. Treating marionette lines with Radiesse helps to lift and smooth the area, reducing the appearance of sagging and wrinkles.
  3. Cheeks: Radiesse adds volume to cheeks, enhancing the face’s natural contours and providing a lifted youthful appearance.
  4. Jawline: Enhancing the jawline with Radiesse helps to create a more defined and contoured lower face, improving overall facial harmony.
  5. Hands: Radiesse is also FDA-approved for hand rejuvenation. It can restore volume and reduce the appearance of veins and tendons, giving the hands a youthful look.

Who is a Good Candidate for Radiesse?

Radiesse is suitable for many individuals seeking to enhance their appearance. Good candidates include those who:

  • Have moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds
  • Are looking to restore volume and enhance facial contours
  • Are in good overall health and have no significant medical conditions that could affect the procedure
  • Have realistic expectations about the results of the treatment

During your consultation at La Bella Medical Aesthetics, our practitioners will evaluate your suitability for Radiesse according to your goals and expectations.

Combining Radiesse with Other Treatments

To enhance the benefits of Radiesse, many clients choose to combine it with other aesthetic treatments. Here are some popular combinations:

  1. Botox: Combining Radiesse with Botox can address dynamic wrinkles (caused by muscle movement) and static wrinkles (caused by volume loss). This combination provides comprehensive facial rejuvenation.
  2. Dermal Fillers: Other dermal fillers, such as hyaluronic acid-based fillers, can be combined with Radiesse to target different areas of the face and achieve a more balanced and harmonious result.
  3. Laser Treatments: Laser treatments can improve the texture, tone, and overall skin quality. Combining Radiesse with laser treatments can enhance the skin’s overall appearance and provide more dramatic results.
  4. Microneedling: Microneedling stimulates collagen production and improves skin texture. Combining microneedling with Radiesse can further enhance the rejuvenation effects and promote healthier, more youthful-looking skin.


Radiesse is a highly effective and versatile dermal filler that offers immediate and long-lasting results. At La Bella Medical Aesthetics, we are dedicated to providing our clients with the best aesthetic solutions tailored to their needs. Whether you want to smooth wrinkles, restore volume, or enhance facial contours, Radiesse can help you achieve your aesthetic goals and boost your confidence.

If you are interested in experiencing Radiesse’s benefits, schedule a consultation with La Bella Medical Aesthetics today. Our experienced team is here to guide you through the process and help you achieve a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. Contact us to take the first step towards radiant, beautiful skin with the transformative power of Radiesse.


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