In all areas of the face besides the lips and tear troughs, San Francisco, CA board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Leonard Gray, uses the dermal filler, Radiesse. Radiesse is a filler that is comprised of tiny calcium-based microspheres that are similar in consistency to the natural calcium in your bones. Injecting it into specific areas like the cheeks and deep lines between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds), instantly restores fullness and structure to your face by lifting sagging skin and stimulating your natural collagen production over time. Radiesse restores volume in a natural way without looking “puffy” or “overdone.” Results may last a year or more in many patients.
Radiesse is a quick procedure normally completed within 30 to 45 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated. The face will be thoroughly cleansed and then marked with ink so that the practitioner can conduct the injections with precision. A numbing cream is usually applied before the injection occurs. The gel is delivered using a fine needle into pockets just underneath the skin until the right volume is achieved.
"Was Very Skeptical of Radiesse- Glad I Did It :) - San Francisco, CA - Great bedside manner, very personable, and very knowledgeable. He was also very honest & made sure I was comfortable with Radiesse."- A. / RealSelf / Jan 22, 2014
"Dr. Gray is wonderful, he is gental w injections and great work. trust him with my face."- S.G. / Yelp / Oct 16, 2017
"Dr. Gray is wonderful, he is gental w injections and great work. trust him with my face."- S.G. / Yahoo / Oct 16, 2017
"Puffy Dark Under Eye Bags - San Francisco, CA - To start... I've never had anything done on my face before and went through lots of doctors to pick one who's a perfectionist as much as I am. He has a great personality and amazing skills, his staff as well. They're so welcoming and friendly. I've had bags since I can remember, Dr. Gray helped make my face symmetrical by filling in my left side where my eye went deeper than my right and I no longer have bags. The picture is different angles, and the after picture on the right I was still a bit swollen. (He also did my lips!!) he's amazing and if your looking for someone who can pinpoint exactly what you want, call Bay Area plastic surgery."- T. / RealSelf / Mar 28, 2017
What to Expect
After treatment, there may be redness, swelling and even bruising around the injection sites, but these go away after several hours. Patients will be able to resume their normal routine; although strenuous exercise should be limited for the first 24 hours. Patients will see their results immediately, and the results will continue to improve because Radiesse stimulates natural collagen growth, which is an agent for healthy skin.
Radiesse vs. Other Fillers?
There is an extensive selection of derma fillers available. Each filler has its own specific treatment to match the patient’s cosmetic issues. Whether naturally or artificially derived, these are all FDA approved, which means they are proven to be safe and effective. The one highlight of a Radiesse treatment is that aside from its volumizing capability it can function as a collagen stimulator. When collagen multiplies, it greatly benefits the skin tone. During the initial consultation, the face will be assessed and the appropriate filler will be recommended.
Is Radiesse Right For Me?
Several other derma fillers are manufactured using hyaluronic acid. Popular examples are Juvederm or Restylane. While these are great in adding volume back to facial depressions, Radiesse stands out as the only filler made of calcium-based microspheres, which have the ability to integrate with skin tissues and promote collagen growth. Every patient is unique and a treatment plan will be tailored to them that may include Radiesse, or another filler if the practitioner feels it will best benefit the patient.
Is It Risky?
Radiesse is FDA approved and backed by comprehensive testing. As it is derived from a substance that naturally occurs in the body, it poses no toxic risk. Temporary side effects may include redness, swelling, bruising, numbness or itching, which all subsides after a few days.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $700
- Recovery Time
- 2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 Hour
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location