Radiesse® is an injectable filler that is made up of a synthetic calcium hydroxylapatite suspended in a gel carrier. The natural aging process causes your collagen to break down. Radiesse not only instantly restores volume but it keeps working by stimulating the body to produce more collagen. This restores fullness to the skin while correcting wrinkles, nasolabial folds ("parentheses"), tear troughs (hollowing under the eyes) and areas of facial depression. Patients are asked to apply a numbing cream to the area one hour prior to treatment or they can receive a local nerve block injection in the office to minimize any potential discomfort. Radiesse filler is injected beneath the skin where it produces a gentle swelling beneath facial lines and wrinkles. Again, Dr. Taylor makes detailed notes and diagrams on the individualized treatment pattern for future reference. Radiesse fills out the wrinkles or restores areas of lost volume, producing a smooth skin surface. Results last for 9-12 months as the Radiesse molecules are naturally absorbed by the body. Patients are encouraged to return to the office for evaluation of the results and to ensure patient satisfaction. Restoring volume to the face and softening the lines of aging, results in a beautiful youthful appearance. This subdermal implantation is also highly effective in restoring volume and a youthful appearance to hands. Since Radiesse is made up of inert substances, there is virtually no risk of allergy and does not necessitate any prior allergy testing.