One of the main causes of the wrinkles, creases, and sagging skin that occur over time is that skin tissue naturally produces less and less collagen and elastin. These components are responsible for adding volume and elasticity to the skin, which is what makes young skin supple and vibrant. Additional factors, such as sun exposure, smoking, and genetics can exacerbate the appearance of aging in the hands and face. However, it is possible to stimulate the body’s natural collagen production once again with a cutting-edge treatment called Radiesse. 

To learn more about the dermal filler Radiesse and its age-defying benefits, please contact Dr. Kitagawa and his team at Kitagawa Dermatology in Honolulu. As a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Kitagawa has extensive training and experience administering cosmetic facial treatments with dermal fillers and can help you achieve the beautiful, natural-looking results you want. Call (808) 533-4434 or contact us online today!Continue Reading

What is Radiesse?

Radiesse is an FDA-approved injectable dermal filler that acts as a collagen booster, stimulating the body’s natural production of collagen while supplying calcium-based microspheres to add an immediate lift to the skin. Radiesse effectively smooths wrinkles and creases while ensuring that, once the gel has dissolved, your body will regain longer lasting collagen in the treated areas. Radiesse treatment is often used to augment the chin or nose for subtle changes to the proportions of the face and can be strategically placed in different areas of the face for a liquid facelift effect.

Radiesse is a breakthrough technology that works with the body’s healing process rather than simply injecting a short-term filler under the skin. While Radiesse does use an aqueous gel to provide immediate results, which is eventually absorbed and eliminated by the body, the natural collagen will eventually remain in its place. Essentially, the gel helps support the skin while also stimulating the growth of additional skin-plumping collagen.

What Areas Can Dermal Fillers Treat?

This FDA approved dermal filler is relatively versatile, compared to traditional fillers, and can be used to treat various areas of the face and even the hands. Radiesse is proven effective for the following:

  • Sagging cheeks or jawline
  • Pre-jowls
  • Smile lines (nasolabial folds)
  • Asymmetrical nose or dorsal hump
  • Chin wrinkles
  • Marionette lines along the sides of the mouth
  • Restoration of facial fat loss (lipoatrophy)
  • Wrinkles and loose skin on the back of the hands

The injections have been clinically proven to provide full results for six months to a whole year for some patients in Hawaii. However, it is important to note that the duration of the Radiesse results can vary from one patient to another. A talented dermatologist, such as Dr. Kitagawa can combine Radiesse treatment with other dermal filler, laser, or injectable treatments in order to get the best results possible. As a permanent filler, Radiesse serves as a great support for additional injectables that provide temporary results.

Smoother, Younger-Looking Hands

Radiesse is clinically tested, FDA-approved to restore youthful plumpness to the back of the hands. Just as volume loss, sun damage, and thinning tissue can make a person’s face look significantly older, the hands can also make a person appear decades older than they truly are. Even the hands lose volume over time, emphasizing the veins, tendons, and knuckles. Radiesse helps fill in the sunken areas and wrinkles along the back of the hands that cause the veins to bulge prominently. When skillfully injected by a Honolulu dermatologist, Radiesse treatment can erase the signs of age and reveal smooth, younger-looking hands with just one treatment.

For more information on wrinkle filler treatment, visit WebMD.com.

What to Expect During and After the Radiesse Treatment

Each Radiesse session typically takes no more than half an hour, depending on the number of areas that are being treated. While the injections are virtually painless, some patients may receive local anesthesia to relieve any worry about discomfort. The Radiesse filler is carefully injected into the skin, beneath the dermis and subcutis layer, where the gel will form a connective tissue that allows it to remain under the skin permanently.

Following the injections, it is not uncommon for patients to experience bruising, swelling, and redness in the treated areas, but these side effects are usually minor and will go away within a few hours to a few days. Pain medication can help manage any discomfort. It is recommended that patients avoid sunlight immediately following the Radiesse treatment in order to protect the skin, however, patients can safely return to their normal activities. The results should become visible within a week.

Schedule a Dermal Filler Consultation in Honolulu!

If you’re ready to replenish the lost volume and elasticity in your face or hands, Radiesse may be the solution for you! Let the skilled dermatology treatments available at Kitagawa Dermatology provide the beautiful, natural-looking results you want with a series of quick Radiesse treatments. Contact us online or give our Honolulu office a call at (808) 533-4434 today!

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