Aging isn’t for the meek; it’s an unrelenting march, day after day. Your collagen supply drops year by year and with it your skin’s support mechanism. Volume leaves your cheeks. Your skin loses it elasticity and allows for wrinkles to find a home. Bogus.
But you don’t have to take aging as a matter of fact. At Aura Skin Spa, we help our patients fight back with Radiesse, the long-lasting, dual action volumizing filler.
While you may not have heard of Radiesse in the galaxy of popular fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, and Perlane, we love Radiesse at Aura, particularly when addressing smile and marionette lines.
How does Radiesse work?
While fillers such as Juverderm are hyaluronic acid fillers (where hyaluronic acid binds with water molecules to plump and hydrate the skin), Radiesse is different. It is comprised of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres suspended in an aqueous gel carrier.
Radiesse works two ways. First the aqueous gel instantly fills the area when injected beneath a crease or wrinkle. The body starts to absorb the gel, but the CaHA microspheres then provide structural support for the skin. But that’s only the first part of its function. The hydroxylapatite microspheres then stimulate the body to produce new collagen in the injection area. This occurs in the weeks following your injection and the results last for a year or more. So, while most fillers lose their function once the body absorbs them, Radiesse, because it initiates the building of new collagen, continues to show its effects even after the microspheres and gel are absorbed. That’s why we’re big Radiesse fans at Aura.
What does it work on?
Radiesse is a volumizing filler, meaning it is effective for replacing volume and for deeper wrinkles such as those around the mouth. Here are the areas that we treat with Radiesse.
Smile lines — Also known as nasolabial folds, these lines run from the nose down to the corners of the mouth. They are the result of decreasing facial volume and skin elasticity that comes with aging.
Marionette lines — While these lines may be necessary for ventriloquist dummies, they’re not good for you. These lines run straight downward from the corners of the mouth and can make you look unhappy. These also result from decreasing volume.
Corners of the mouth — Also known as oral commissures, the corners of your mouth can turn downward as you age and lose volume below the mouth. This phenomenon can make you look as if you’re frowning or mad.
Pre-jowl area — The areas on each side of the chin, the pre-jowl sulcus, can hollow out due to sagging in other areas of the lower face.
Chin wrinkles — Chin wrinkles form horizontally across the chin and can be distracting to a person talking to you. Volume loss in the lower face again is the culprit.
Interested in addressing the list above? Call the team at Aura Skin Spa, 415-788-3800, and ask about Radiesse.