Volumizers can be used alone or in conjunction with fillers and Botox for facial rejuvenation. As we age, we all lose volume from our faces, often over the cheeks, along the nasolabial fold, and on the chin. Each individual loses volume differently; that volume can be replaced with a filler such as Radiesse. Immediately after the injection, some visible correction may take place, however this fades as swelling diminishes over a period of two days. It takes approximately four weeks for your own collagen to rebuild around the volumizing agent. Typically, two to five treatments are needed to achieve the desired level of correction.
Radiesse has been around for nearly 4 years. It is composed of calcium hydroxylapatite in a gel carrier. It can be injected into wrinkles similar to Restylane and collagen. It is also used for facial sculpting and contouring in areas such as the cheek, nose, and jowls. Radiesse is an FDA approved injectable agent for correction of facial wrinkels and restoration of normal facial volume. Radiesse lasts 6-12 months. Four to six weeks after injection is the best time to judge improvement. Radiesse works by laying down a matrix under the skin into which your own collagen grows, thereby decreasing the wrinkles and increasing tissue volume.