Skin Structure and Care: Part 3: Radiesse and Collagen
On May 17, this space discussed skin structure – the three layers and what they each do. On May 21, we discussed BOTOX® Cosmetic and how it works. Today let’s consider one of the facial fillers called Radiesse®.
As the name implies, facial fillers rejuvenate the skin by filling it with something. Unlike BOTOX® Cosmetic, which is injected past all skin layers and into a specific muscle, facial fillers are injected into the skin’s second layer, the dermis.
The Collagen Matrix
Among many other structures, the dermis contains a network of protein fibers that give support to the skin surface. One type of fiber is collagen and the other is elastin. Together, they give the skin strength and elasticity, but as we age, the body produces less of these proteins.
That weakens the fiber network, creating little gaps in it. The skin sinks into them and now you have some wrinkles or fine lines. Of course, there are other contributing causes for wrinkles, such as sun damage, dryness and tobacco use. No facial filler can change a person’s lifestyle.
But Radiesse® is designed according to the reasoning that if we reinforce the collagen matrix, the skin surface will be smoother. Better yet, if we can stimulate the skin to produce more collagen, the youthful results could last longer.
How Radiesse® Works
Radiesse® consists of a water-based gel with tiny microspheres made of calcium hydroxyapatite (CAHA). Its volume gives immediate results, plumping up the treated area, and as the body gradually absorbs the gel, the microspheres remain and fill gaps in the collagen matrix.
Radiesse® also causes the skin to create more collagen to continue filling gaps. In this way, Radiesse results last significantly longer than results from other fillers – as long as a year or more. That means you need fewer repeat treatments for ongoing results.
Please watch this space for the next part of this series on other dermal fillers and how they work. You can also refer to our page on Facial Fillers for more information.
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