Radiesse is an injectable, cosmetic skin treatment used to fill specific areas of the face and hands. It stimulates your body’s natural collagen, filling in wrinkles long term and helping your skin develop new collagen in the process. This treatment is intended for wrinkles and folds around the mouth and nose, and areas of fat loss in the face. It’s also for the backs of hands where volume has been lost.

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Most people who receive Radiesse treatments are 35 to 60 years old. While Radiesse is considered nontoxic and hypoallergenic, there are still risks to treatment. Some side effects include swelling, pain, itching, redness, bruising, and infection at the injection site. In rare cases, the injection could accidentally be placed in a blood vessel, causing severe (and sometimes permanent) side effects. Other rare risks include the formation of nodules on the backs of the hands that may require steroid or surgical intervention.

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