Early signs of aging in the lower eyelids occur when soft tissue starts migrating down the cheek. You can sometimes camouflage the hollow appearance that results with highlighting makeup. At some point, though, makeup isn’t enough, and injections of RADIESSE® or other dermal fillers at our Birmingham, Alabama, practice are needed to restore the volume in the lower eyelid region.
I’ve been using RADIESSE for more than a decade and was one of the first plastic surgeons in Alabama to use it.
“Patients are really pleased with the results and are ecstatic that they can stave off eyelid surgery for a while. It is not a replacement for the surgical procedures required to restore the soft tissue loss. It can, however, delay the need for surgery. Men and women can benefit from these injections at an earlier age way before surgery is warranted.”
What Is RADIESSE?
Unlike most other fillers, such as the JUVÉDERM®or Restylane® collection of products, RADIESSE isn’t formulated with hyaluronic acid. Instead, it uses calcium-based microspheres to correct wrinkles and folds in the face and hands. These microspheres stimulate the production of collagen, a protein that occurs naturally in the body and is responsible for the skin’s strength and elasticity.
Besides being used under the eyes in the upper cheeks, RADIESSE is also effective for treating laugh lines around the mouth, lips, and lip lines. RADIESSE can also be used on the pre-jowl fold, on chin wrinkles, and on the backs of the hands.
You’ll notice some results immediately but the full results will appear as new collagen is produced. Results usually last about 18 months.
Can You Combine Fillers During a Treatment?
Absolutely! Not only will Dr. Beckenstein sometimes recommend different fillers to address various areas of the face, but he may also suggest BOTOX® injections for dynamic wrinkles such as crow’s feet or worry lines. The injections are performed in his Alabama plastic surgery office.
During a treatment session, Dr. Beckenstein or another provider cleanses the treatment area first and may apply a topical anesthetic if the patient is anxious about discomfort. Fillers are pre-mixed with lidocaine, an anesthetic, so most patients tolerate the injections with virtually no pain.
No downtime is needed and the treatments are usually completed within a few minutes. You may notice minimal bruising, which goes away within a couple of hours.