Dr. Tzikas reports in the recent Dermatologic Surgery Journal his findings about the use of Radiesse, or calcium hydroxylapatite, for facial soft tissue augmentation. His study spanned over 52 months and involved in the treatment of 1000 patients.
More than 80% of patients in this study reported persistance of the product for greater than 12 months, with the most common side effects as redness or bruising.
Radiesse in this study was used in the lips leading to the formation of nodules in some cases which needed to be physically removed (for this reason Radiesse is not recommended at The Victorian Cosmetic Institute for the augmentation of lips). Outside of the lips, only 2 patients experienced nodule formation.
The picture shown illustrates a patient before and after cheek augmentation with Radiesse performed by Dr. Tzikas.