Radiesse™, also known as Radiance, is another injectable dermal filler used to rid patients of facial wrinkles and to enhance facial tissues that are exhibiting fat loss. Like BOTOX® Cosmetic, Radiesse is primarily known for eliminating forehead creases, crow's feet, frown lines, scars and deep wrinkles. However, unlike Botox injections, Radiesse or Radiance can be used for lip augmentation, cheek enhancement, and recontouring of the chin and jaw as well. So how else do these injectables differ?
Firstly and most importantly, Botox is not a dermal filler like Radiesse. Botox injections use the botulinum toxin type A to relax facial muscles by inhibiting their response to acetylcholine, a chemical that triggers muscle movement. Conversely, Radiesse uses an injectable gel solution containing microspheres of calcium hydroxylapatite, a naturally occurring substance in the body. The microspheres bond to weak tissues and enhance the appearance of aging skin.
Perhaps because Radiesse's microspheres are said to not only plump the skin, but also encourage new collagen production, results are proven to be some of the longest-lasting among all dermal fillers. Most patients report their Radiesse results lasting anywhere from 2-5 years after treatment! By contrast, the effects of Botox injections can wear off in 3-8 months.
When comparing the cost of Radiesse versus the cost of Botox, Radiesse is considerably more expensive. Cost averages can vary depending on where patients receive treatment, but Radiesse is consistently more expensive than Botox and even than Restylane and Juvederm. This is probably due to its effective treatments achieving results that are closest to being permanent.
Like Botox injections, Radiesse injections are very low-risk. Because Radiesse uses the naturally occurring human substance of calcium hydroxylapatite, which is non-toxic and biodegradable, there is virtually no risk of an allergic reaction in patients. To ensure that you choose a dermal injectable that is not only safe, but will also help you achieve your cosmetic goals, it's best to consult with a professional cosmetic provider in your area.