Radiesse Filler Injections to the Hand
Radiesse is the only FDA approved injectable filler in the US for hand rejuvenation. Radiesse is also FDA approved for correction of the nasolabial folds also known as laugh lines. I also like to use radiesse filler for cheek augmentation where I feel it offers beautiful and very volumizing results.
Radiesse consists of Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaOH). Except for the volumizing effect offered by the filler, the calcium acts to stimulate collagen production. It is used as a dermal or subdermal filler.
Radiesse behaves well as deep dermal and subdermal filler. Also it is thick and volumizing. This makes it great to use in the hands because it allows me to inject at different levels.
I prefer to inject the radiesse filler in the subcutaneous tissue first and then deep into the metacaral spaces. Then I inject radiesse filler in the deep dermis of the skin. Finally I inject the skin of the knuckles in order to improve the wrinkles at that level.
Extreme care and attention must be paid to avoid injecting any of the veins.
Radiesse filler injections to the hand have the advantage and simplicity that it can be in the office. It is an office-based procedure. Does not have the requirement of an operating room and anesthesia. Fat transfer to the hands on the other hand requires an operating room.
Radiesse syringes contain lidocaine, which help with local anesthesia and make the procedure comfortable. In order to alleviate the discomfort I apply a very potent topical anesthetic cream that I make myself with the help of a compounding pharmacy. In some other cases I may give local anesthesia to block the hand completely and make the process painless.
Radiesse injections to the hand offer a great way to restore youthfulness to the hands fast and without downtime. The edema caused by the injections settles down within 48-72 hours and icing after the procedure helps with that.