These days, there are several injectable wrinkle treatments available for you to choose from for facial rejuvenation. The Radiesse dermal filler offered by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John J. O'Brien Jr. is wonderful for mild and moderate wrinkles and lines on the face, and for reversing volume loss in the hands. Patients who don't have time for frequent touch-ups prefer the lasting results (over a year in many cases) of Radiesse. With microspheres of calcium hydroxyapatite in a flexible gel, Radiesse fills and smoothes the appearance of your face with a minimally invasive treatment. Radiesse is approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to effectively and safely volumize your face. It may be used with other injectable treatments (wrinkle fillers and relaxers) for a personalized procedure to rejuvenate your appearance. Look younger and improve your self-image with Radiesse dermal fillers at St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery in St. Petersburg, FL.
Ideal Candidates for Radiesse
Adults who are in good overall health and concerned about mild to moderate lines and wrinkles are the best patients for Radiesse treatments. It can address marionette lines, smile lines, chin wrinkles, pre-jowl folds, and fine lines that form in the sides of the lips. Radiesse is also approved to correct volume that is often lost with age in the hands to help them look smoother and more youthful. You shouldn't receive this treatment if you have an allergy to lidocaine or other ingredients in Radiesse. Be sure to talk to Dr. O'Brien if you have any allergies (whether mild or severe) and your medical history. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, might be pregnant, or are trying to conceive in the next several years, you shouldn't get Radiesse injections.
"Sagging Face and Spirits to Go with It - Saint Petersburg, FL - After having a lower facelift by a different doctor with none of the result I was promised, I went to Dr. O'Brien to see if fillers could be used to improve the 'parentheses' that still framed my mouth. Dr. O'Brien gave me all the options, and I decided to start with Radiesse for the nasolabial folds. Filling in this area has definitely helped distract from the sag in my lower face. I will..."- R. / RealSelf / Dec 29, 2016
"Sagging Face and Spirits to Go with It - Saint Petersburg, FL - After having a lower facelift by a different doctor with none of the result I was promised, I went to Dr. O'Brien to see if fillers could be used to improve the 'parentheses' that still framed my mouth. Dr. O'Brien gave me all the options, and I decided to start with Radiesse for the nasolabial folds. Filling in this area has definitely helped distract from the sag in my lower face. I will still need other fillers, but at least now I don't look at myself and cry in disappointment. Now I just cry because I didn't go to Dr. O'Brien in the first place!!"- R. / RealSelf / Sep 25, 2017
"Dermal fillers cheek and lip injections - Dr. O’Brien was wonderful. He listened to my concerns and resolved them. I went in for lip injections and cheek fillers to fix under eye bags/lines that extended into my cheek area. He was even helpful enough and saved me quite a bit of money from the original quote. About $500. He did such a good job filling my lips. He didn’t just fill them, he really shaped them out. I couldn’t be happi..."- T. / RealSelf / Oct 09, 2017
"The office staff was very kind, informative and thorough. They let me know of upcoming specials when I called to schedule my appointment, so I could get the best possible price for botox and filler. Once at the office, the receptionist were kind, thorough and efficient. His nurse was very empathic, careful, compassionate and ensured my comfort. The doctor was friendly, thorough, kind, and down to earth. He explained his procedure efficiently, while answering all questions. Their goal was to ensure my comfort and satisfaction throughout the entire appointment and procedure. While receiving the injections, he was quick, efficient and confident. They made sure I was comfortable and gave me time to catch my breath when needed. Awesome experience with results that surpassed any other doctor I have seen for botox and filler."- G.P. / Yelp / Jan 24, 2013
"A+ Doctor - Saint Petersburg, FL - Doctor O'Brien is very kind, caring and knowledgeable. He is a great listener and knows exactly what he's doing! He has superior skills injecting Botox and using fillers! I have been to other doctors and they couldn't seem to get it just right. Then I found Dr. O'Brien, and I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER! If you are looking for a fantastic Plastic surgeon, he's your man!"- D. / RealSelf / Aug 08, 2016
Procedure Technique for Radiesse
Radiesse dermal injections are performed in a treatment room at St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery in around 30 minutes once you have completed your consultation. To begin the treatment, you will sit in a relaxed position as the injection sites are cleaned and marked. Many patients feel mild discomfort throughout the procedure at the first prick, but if requested, a numbing cream can be used on the treatment sites. The Radiesse dose, chosen during your consultation, will be placed in a fine needle. The pre-marked site of injection will help guide the injector to carefully administer Radiesse into the face. Once the treatment is finished, a compress may be held to the treated areas to minimize bruising and swelling.
What to Expect from Radiesse
Following your Radiesse treatment, you may have slight swelling, bruising, and redness. This is normal and should last for around a week. These side effects may typically be covered with cosmetics. If the bruising, swelling, or redness lasts longer than ten days or if you are concerned, please contact our office. Many patients have visible results right away with final results appearing in a month or so. Your face will look softer, younger, and more radiant. Radiesse typically lasts longer compared to other dermal fillers — up to 1 – 2 years. You can talk to Dr. O'Brien at your appointment about how soon to get your next injection to touch up your results.
Frequently Asked Questions for Radiesse
How much does Radiesse cost?
Your cost for a Radiesse treatment will depend how much is needed to reach your goals. In your consult at St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery, your injector will ask about your concerns and goals, then they can develop your personalized treatment plan. After this, they will talk about your potential costs and payment options.
How does Radiesse compare to other fillers?
Dermal fillers each have different properties and formulas to fit different issues. Common ingredients in fillers include HA (hyaluronic acid), CaHa (calcium hydroxyapatite), poly-L-lactic acid, and PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate). Radiesse is made with calcium-based microspheres, which are similar to HA dermal fillers the way it helps to increase the natural production of collagen. In your consult, we will review the different brands and assess your skin's laxity, tone, and volume to determine which one matches your needs.
Are Radiesse injections painful?
Generally, patients don't need local anesthesia before their injections. However, numbing cream is available to make you feel more comfortable. Many patients may have minor and brief discomfort when the needle pierces the skin.
What are the side effects of Radiesse?
Treatments with Radiesse have a low risk of abnormal side effects if done by a skilled injector, like our team at St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery. In your consult, talk to your injector about your medical history and any allergies to avoid problems. Right after your injection, you might have mild bruising, redness, itching, or numbness. This is temporary and will generally fade in 1 – 2 days.
What other procedures can I combine with Radiesse?
Injections of Radiesse may be done along with other injectables for a liquid facelift to deliver your optimal results. Some patients use wrinkle fillers, like Radiesse, with BOTOX or another wrinkle relaxer to produce more dramatic improvements. Speak to your injector during before your treatment to find out about treatments that complement the results of Radiesse injections.
Look Radiant with Radiesse
As an injectable dermal filler, Radiesse receives outstanding reviews from patients for providing wonderful outcomes. If you want to learn more about Radiesse wrinkle treatments, please contact St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery in St. Petersburg, FL today to schedule a consultation with Dr. O'Brien. Our team strives to provide thorough, high-quality cosmetic treatment to every one of our patients.