Radiesse® differs from other injectable materials in that it is comprised of very tiny, smooth calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres. CaHA is a biomaterial with over twenty years of use in orthopedics, neurosurgery, dentistry, and ophthalmology, and is the primary mineral constituent of bone and teeth. Radiesse® is synthetic CaHA that has similar characteristics to bone and teeth, and is naturally compatible with the body.
The CaHA microspheres (particles) form a scaffold through which your body’s own collagen grows, and is reputed to produce a longer lasting effect. Over time, your body absorbs the gel carrier while collagen has started to grow and infiltrate the area, replacing the gel with your own, natural tissue.
The Radiesse® microspheres continue to provide the support and structure for your body to grow new tissue and collagen until the microspheres are also safely and naturally absorbed into your body. Radiesse® is appropriate for use in the nasolabial folds and can be used to enhance one’s cheekbones (malar augmentation).