These days, there are several injectable wrinkle treatments available for you to choose from for facial rejuvenation. The Radiesse dermal filler offered by Albuquerque, NM board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Miguel Gallegos is wonderful for mild-to-moderate wrinkles and lines on the face, and it can also be used for improving volume loss in the hands. Patients who don't have time for frequent touch-ups prefer the lasting results of Radiesse, which can often last up to or over a year. With microspheres of calcium hydroxyapatite in a flexible gel, Radiesse fills and smooths the appearance of your face via a minimally invasive injection. Radiesse is approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to effectively and safely add missing volume to your face. It may be used with other injectable treatments (wrinkle fillers and relaxers) for a personalized procedure to rejuvenate your appearance. Look younger and enhance your self-image with Radiesse dermal fillers at Hermosa Plastic Surgery in Albuquerque, NM.
Adults who are in good overall health and concerned about mild to moderate lines and wrinkles are the best patients for Radiesse treatments. These treatments can address marionette lines, smile lines, chin wrinkles, pre-jowl folds, and fine lines that form in the sides of the lips (however, this product is not to be used in the lips themselves). Radiesse is also approved to correct volume that is often lost with age in the hands to help them look smoother and more youthful. You shouldn't receive this treatment if you have an allergy to lidocaine or other ingredients in Radiesse. It is important to provide full disclosure to Dr. Gallegos regarding any health concerns you may have so be sure to talk to him if you have any allergies (whether mild or severe) and be prepared to discuss your medical history. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, might be pregnant, or are trying to conceive in the next several years, you shouldn't receive Radiesse injections.
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"I had scheduled a consultation with Dr. Gallegos a month ago and didn’t really know much about him or his staff! So as I was waiting for my appointment I did read some reviews, many were five start and occasionally I would come across negative ones saying he was rude and what not!? I went in for my consultation today with my sister in-law and from the moment we walked into the office everyone was nothing but nice to us!! And Dr Gallegos himself was awesome!! He was very honest and stayed in the room for almost an hour answering all our questions and concerns! I was very nervous going in! But after meeting with him I felt totally confident and comfortable that he’s the surgeon for me!! I made sure to put a deposit to insure I’m definitely going to be having my surgery done at Hermosa Plastic Surgery!! Thank you so much to the whole office for making us feel welcome we both look forward to having our procedures done soon!!"- P.K. / Google / Jun 11, 2019
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"I love love love this place! Everyone is friendly & knowledgeable! I've had the greatest experience here from my consultation to months after my surgery! I can not thank Dr. Gallegos & the staff enough for everything! I highly recommend Hermosa Plastic Surgery to anyone who is looking to get anything done! I'm so happy with my results & get compliments all the time! So much that 2 family members have now started their surgery journeys here as well! Thank you all again!"- S.S. / Google / Mar 22, 2019
Once you have completed your consultation, Radiesse dermal injections are performed in a treatment room at Hermosa Plastic Surgery in around 30 – 60 minutes. To begin the treatment, you will sit in a relaxed position as the injection sites are cleaned and marked. Some patients feel mild discomfort at the first prick, but if requested, a numbing cream can be used on the treatment sites. The Radiesse dose, chosen during your consultation, will be placed in a fine needle. The pre-marked site of injection will help guide the injector to carefully administer Radiesse into the face. Once the treatment is finished, a compress may be held to the treated areas to minimize bruising and swelling.
What to Expect
Following your Radiesse treatment, you may have slight swelling, bruising, and redness. This is normal and should only last for around a week. These side effects can typically be covered with cosmetics. If the bruising, swelling, or redness lasts longer than ten days or if you are concerned, please contact our Albuquerque, NM office. Many patients have visible results right away with final results appearing in a month or so. In a few weeks, your face should look softer, younger, and more radiant. Radiesse typically lasts longer compared to other dermal fillers — up to 1 – 2 years. You can talk to Dr. Gallegos at your appointment and discuss how soon to receive your next injection to touch up your results.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does Radiesse cost?
The cost of your Radiesse treatment will depend on the number of injections required to reach your goals and suit your face. Dr. Gallegos will discuss your expected results and determine the amount needed to achieve them during your private consultation at his plastic surgery office, as well as the potential out-of-pocket costs for the service. We also have specials for our dermal fillers for you to take advantage of during the year.
How does Radiesse compare to other fillers?
Although the results of your Radiesse injections can last up to a year or more, they are considered a temporary treatment. While most fillers contain collagen, calcium hydroxyapatite, polylactic and hyaluronic acid, and for the heaviest of fillers, PMMA, Radiesse is the only dermal filler on the market that is made up of calcium-based microspheres. These calcium-based microspheres can be compared to hyaluronic acid injectable fillers because of their natural ability to stimulate the production of collagen. Dr. Gallegos can discuss the various fillers he offers during your private consultation and determine the filler that best matches your needs by examining your volume levels and facial tone laxity.
What are the possible side effects of Radiesse?
The most common side effects of this procedure include redness, swelling, bruising, mild pain, and itching. Rarely, more serious side effects that can occur are vision problems, stroke-like symptoms, and allergic reactions. Side effects should dissipate after several days.
What other procedures can I combine with Radiesse?
Radiesse can be combined with a variety of other procedures, such as BOTOX or other muscle relaxants, for an overall more youthful finish. Combining Radiesse with another injectable or treatment may be beneficial, depending on your goals. Talk to Dr. Gallegos during your private consultation to discuss the various options you have.
Are Radiesse injections painful?
Most commonly, patients only experience mild discomfort during their injections, such as a slight pinch or a feeling of pressure. A numbing cream is not typically needed for Radiesse injections, but a topical anesthetic can be administered if requested. Dr. Gallegos values your comfort and will do his best to ensure that you are at ease while receiving your treatment.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- Average Procedure Time
- 30 – 60 minutes
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 – 2 years
- Procedure Recovery Location
Find Your RADIANCE in RADIESSE
As an injectable dermal filler, Radiesse receives outstanding reviews from patients for providing wonderful outcomes. If you want to learn more about Radiesse wrinkle treatments, please contact Hermosa Plastic Surgery in Albuquerque, NM today to schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Gallegos. Our team strives to provide thorough, high-quality cosmetic treatments to every one of our patients.