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"The Triangle of Beauty is defined by full volume in the upper face, a defined jaw-line, and an unshadowed chin."

Photo of woman's face with areas treatable by dermal fillers highlightedThe advantage of RADIESSE® as a dermal filler is that it can last from 6 months to one year. We use RADIESSE® at our Minneapolis-St. Paul-area practice for deeper corrections near the nasolabial folds and to define the cheekbones and jaw-line. RADIESSE® in not used as a lip filler nor for the correction of finer lines or creases.

RADIESSE® is called a particle-filler because the dermal filler is made up of tiny, precisely sized particles of calcium hydroxyapatite mixed in a suspension. The gel suspension gives some temporary correction as the particles settle into the surrounding tissue.

The most common use for RADIESSE® is for the correction of bony (skeletal) elements of the face responsible for viewers’ perception of beauty: the cheeks, jaw line and chin. RADIESSE® would be considered for the longer-term correction of facial volume with an implantable filler.


RADIESSE® is a robust, durable dermal filler used for the correction of deep nasolabial folds and marionette lines from the corners of the mouth to the chin, as well as for skeletal contouring for added volume. RADIESSE® is a filler com- posed of tiny particles of calcium hydroxyapatite suspended in a watery gel. Calcium hydroxyapatite normally occurs in the body and, when placed under the skin as tiny particles, provides long-term correction for difficult contours.

The initial correction starts with the watery gel which suspends the particles. As the gel goes away, the particles anchor into the surrounding tissue, providing long-term correction. The particles do not shift or move from the injection site, but remain in place as the particles become integrated into the tissue. Gradually over 9 months to one year the particles do break down, and a repeat treatment is necessary to maintain the correction. RADIESSE® is not indicated to add volume to the lips or to be placed too superficially under the skin.

Procedure for RADIESSE®

RADIESSE® is an in-office procedure that often provides an immediate correction to the treated area. The most common sites of injection are: deep nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and skeletal augmentation of the cheeks, jaw-line and chin.

  • A local anesthetic, lidocaine, is added to the RADIESSE® for your comfort.
  • Topical numbing cream, ice, or a dental block may be given for your comfort.
  • RADIESSE® is slowly injected deeply beneath a fold or crease, or along the bony prominences, to add contour.
  • The result is immediate, but some of the initial fullness will settle out over the next 24-48 hours.
  • You can put on makeup and resume normal activities immediately after the procedure.

Candidates for RADIESSE®

RADIESSE® is a longer-acting filler useful to correct deep folds and grooves and to restore skeletal volume to the face. Dr. Szachowicz will evaluate your concerns to determine whether RADIESSE® is right for you and will work closely with you to develop your customized treatment plan. RADIESSE® treatments are equally popular for men as well as women. The procedure is simple, quick, and is usually accompanied by little bruising or swelling. RADIESSE® is well-suited to correct the loss of mid-facial volume that adds to enhancing the perception of youthful aging.

Before and after radiesse photosThe most common sites of treatments are:

  • The nasolabial folds
  • Marionette lines extending from the corners of the mouth to the chin
  • Chin and jaw-line contouring
  • Augmentation of the cheek

Understanding the Benefits of RADIESSE® Treatment

  • RADIESSE® has a nine month to one year duration.
  • RADIESSE® can be used for areas which are deep
  • The procedure is quick and comfortable.
  • The product is made of calcium hydroxyapatite which occurs naturally in your body.
  • It may be combined with hyaluronic acid or other dermal fillers such as Sculptra®.
  • It can treat folds and creases as well as enhance skeletal deficits on the chin, jaw-line and cheeks, in the same visit.

Risks of RADIESSE®

RADIESSE® is not indicated for correction of volume in the lips and is not recommended for superficial injection under the skin. The most frequent adverse effects have to do with sites of injection: redness or bruising. Avoidance of fish and plant oil supplements, aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (Advil, Motrin, etc.) helps to minimize any bruising. Rare immune reactions and circulatory problems after injection are possible. Nodules or bumps can occur which may take a year or longer to resolve. Infection is a rare occurrence.

Learn More about RADIESSE®

To learn if RADIESSE® can define your chin and jaw line, as well as develop new cheeks, contact Dr. Szachowicz at Facial Plastic Surgery in Edina, Minnesota. We are pleased to be able to offer our Minneapolis and St. Paul-area patients RADIESSE® - it's a highly effective and safe cosmetic treatment.

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