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Fine lines, wrinkles, and a lack of volume in key areas of the face can result in an aged appearance, causing patients to look older than they feel. While many patients wish to resolve these common signs of aging, they also want to avoid the side effects and downtime associated with surgery. Detroit area patients have many options when it comes to injectables to reduce signs of aging. At Birmingham Cosmetic Surgery, our master injections often recommend Radiesse.

What is Radiesse?

Radiesse is a unique dermal filler option that works using biocompatible ingredients that stimulate natural collagen. The active ingredient in Radiesse is calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHA), which works immediately upon injection and is naturally occurring within the body, making it non-toxic. Radiesse is also a long-lasting option thanks to the production of natural collagen. The treatment is best for areas such as the nose and mouth.

Who is a Candidate for Radiesse?

Patients who have noticeable volume loss resulting in lines and wrinkles in the mid-face are often good candidates for Radiesse. In addition, the treatment can be used to non-surgically adjust the contours of the face. Some concerns that can be treated using Radiesse include:

  • Smile lines
  • Parentheses lines
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Marionette lines
  • Low cheekbones
  • Facial hollows
  • Moderate facial scars

Before receiving treatment with Radiesse, your injector will review your concerns and goals for the procedure as well as your health history. Patients who have severe allergies or certain medical conditions, such as active infections, should not receive Radiesse injections.

What is the Radiesse Injection Process Like?

After completing a consultation, Radiesse injections can often take place the same day. First, a numbing treatment may be administered. However, often, a local anesthetic is typically combined with Radiesse in the syringe. After marking the appropriate injection sites, a small needle is then used to administer Radiesse. Discomfort during this process is minimal. On average, Radiesse injections can be completed within just about 15 minutes.

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Meet Dr. Rifai

Board-Certified Cosmetic Surgeon

A talented, board-certified cosmetic surgeon with more than forty years of experience, Dr. Rifai uses only the finest equipment in our clean, state-of-the-art facility. Dr. Rifai knows that taking time to listen and learn about your expectations is essential to giving you the results you want. He will answer your questions and explain the treatment options in detail. Dr. Rifai is devoted to improving the way you look, the way you perceive yourself, and the way others see you.

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After Radiesse Injections

Radiesse results are often immediately noticeable after receiving injections. No downtime is required, though some minor side effects may be present. These include redness, slight swelling, some sensitivity, and bruising. Patients should take care to follow aftercare instructions, but can typically apply makeup to the injection sites to disguise any redness or bruising. Visible side effects should last no more than 24-36 hours.

Full results from Radiesse can be seen about a week after injections as collagen production takes place. While these results are long-lasting, they are not permanent. For most patients, results can be seen for about a year, but this can vary anywhere between six months and two years. During a consultation, you can discuss reasonable expectations with your injector.

After Radiesse has subsided, you can receive routine maintenance injections to keep up your results.

What Our Patients Say

“I just love my visits at Birmingham Cosmetic Surgery for all my skin care needs. It’s nice to walk in and be greeted by Megan. She is very friendly and she makes you feel welcome with all of your skin care needs. Dr. Fadi Is friendly and patient when it comes to listening to my skin care. He’s truly one of the best in the business! I would highly recommended booking an appointment as soon as they become available. They have special packages every few months and the results last a long time.”

- ML

“I had 2 surgeries with Dr rafai (December 2022 and March 2023) both went very smoothly and both he and his staff were available and able to answer questions I had throughout my recovery. I’m happy with the results and will use Dr rafai again if I decide to proceed with future surgeries. (I previously had bariatric surgery and have a lot of excess skin but chose to only address my torso/abdomen at this time.)”

- LB

“Fadi Mayta did my Botox & Juvaderm which I bought on Groupon. He did a fantastic job & I’m thinking of getting a procedure to eliminate the bags under my eyes.”

- EW

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about Radiesse and find out whether you are a suitable candidate, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rifai or our master injectors. Call Birmingham Cosmetic Surgery at (248) 723-9370 or contact us online.

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