Although the natural aging process is one of the few things that connects all humans, there is still a lot of misunderstanding surrounding it. For example, there’s a common belief that once wrinkles appear, there is nothing you can do to fade them — but this is simply untrue.
At Nunnally Dermatology in Baton Rouge, LA, we can help you achieve an overall younger-looking appearance with Radiesse. Read on to learn about what causes wrinkles to form in the first place and how Radiesse can help erase them.
Understanding Wrinkle Formation
Wrinkles are caused by several factors, including genetics, diet, lifestyle, smoking habits, environmental pollutants, and sun exposure. But the most common cause of wrinkle formation is collagen loss.
What Is Collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body, and it plays a huge role in the appearance of your skin. A plentiful collagen supply keeps your skin looking smooth, tight, and full of life while you are young. However, your body’s collagen production winds down as you age — by about 1% each year — starting in your 20s.
For women, menopause can cause collagen production to nose-dive. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it’s common for your skin to lose a whopping 30% of its collagen during the first five years of menopause. After that, it continues to drop at about 2% each year.
This loss in collagen deprives your skin of its main structural support unit. As a result, areas of your skin may begin to indent and wrinkle or sag. Collagen loss can also create an overall deflated or hollowed-out appearance. And the effects are not limited to your face; wrinkles from collagen loss can appear anywhere. Luckily, we have the solution.
What Is Radiesse?
Radiesse is an FDA-approved injectable cosmetic treatment that is used to minimize the appearance of creases, folds, and wrinkles on the face and hands. It can also restore lost volume around the face and on the backs of the hands.
This filler is many people’s first choice for addressing moderate to severe wrinkles and volume loss because it is versatile, non-surgical, and provides long-lasting results.
How Does Radiesse Work?
Although Radiesse is considered to be a dermal filler, it works a little differently than most. Radiesse does not rely on hyaluronic acid for its plumping abilities, as most dermal fillers do. Instead, Radiesse injections are made from a water-based gel containing calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres.
When injected, the viscous gel adds volume to the treatment area, giving it a smoother and plumper appearance immediately. However, the real magic of Radiesse is in the CaHA microspheres. As the microspheres break down, they stimulate your body’s collagen production.
Over time, this increase in collagen naturally adds volume and smooths out wrinkles in the treated areas.
Radiesse for the Face
As you age, some of the biggest changes your skin undergoes occur on your face. But there’s no need to fret when you notice a new wrinkle or crease. Radiesse is used to treat the following concerns:
- Nasolabial folds
- Volume loss in cheeks
- Marionette lines
- Sagging jowls
- Frown lines
Radiesse can help restore a youthful appearance to your face in as little as one treatment session.
Radiesse for Hand Rejuvenation
If you want an overall youthful appearance, you can’t forget about your hands. Even if your face is flawless and smooth, your hands can give away your real age. After all, the natural aging process leaves most people with significant wrinkling and creasing, increasingly thin skin, and visible blood vessels on the backs of their hands.
Many dermal fillers can only be used on the face, but Radiesse provides top-tier hand rejuvenation. Our hand rejuvenation treatment with Radiesse creates smoother, younger-looking hands by restoring lost volume to fade the appearance of wrinkles and blood vessels.
What to Expect from Radiesse Treatment
We know it can be intimidating to walk into a new setting without knowing what to expect. That’s why we’ve outlined below what you can anticipate when you come to Nunnally Dermatology in Baton Rouge, LA, for Radiesse skin rejuvenation.
Whether you’re interested in Radiesse for your face or hands, it’s necessary to come in for a consultation if it’s your first time visiting us. Most people are good candidates for treatment, but it’s still imperative that we review your medical history and discuss your expectations.
During hand rejuvenation with fillers, we use an ultra-thin, sterilized needle to gently administer the Radiesse just below the surface of your skin. The process is identical for the face, where we inject small amounts of solution into the appropriate areas.
One to two syringes of Radiesse are typically used during treatment, but we may recommend more depending on what is necessary to address your concerns.
After treatment, you don’t need to take any time off of work or even rearrange your regular schedule. There is no downtime associated with this treatment. You can expect the results of Radiesse to last anywhere from 12 to 18 months before you will need any follow-up treatments.
When Can I See Results from Hand Rejuvenation Treatment?
The initial results of hand rejuvenation with fillers can be seen immediately after treatment. The clear Radiesse gel instantly fills in the depressed areas where your body has lost collagen. As your body produces more collagen, the natural collagen takes the place of the gel to maintain the results.
Say Goodbye to Wrinkles with Radiesse
If you’re ready to erase the wrinkles and creases on your face and hands, contact Nunnally Dermatology in Baton Rouge, LA today to schedule your consultation.