Collagen is a key component to having healthy, youthful looking skin, but as we age, collagen deteriorates, and that reduction of collagen leads to reduced elasticity of the skin, loss of volume, wrinkles, and lines. In the world of facial rejuvenation injectables, Radiesse is FDA approved to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles, nasolabial folds, and deep lines around the mouth and nose. The product is made of gel and microspheres made from minerals naturally found in the body. Radiesse® is injected just under the skin, where it acts as a volumizing filler. It is designed to restore the skin’s lost volume, support the skin tissue, and stimulate production of the body’s own collagen. Radiesse® provides immediately noticeable results, and clinical studies prove that correction of wrinkles and restoration of volume through Radiesse® last for up to 12 months, and possibly longer in some patients. Because the FDA approved Radiesse® to be used in conjunction with lidocaine (a numbing medication), treatment results in little discomfort. As with any injections, there may be slight swelling, tenderness and bruising that usually resolves within 1-2 days. Unlike plastic surgery procedures, there are no incisions or sutures, and patients do not require downtime after treatment. If you are looking to restore a youthful look, but do not wish to commit to surgery, Radiesse® may be a suitable option for you.