Radiesse works wonderfully well as a non-surgical skin rejuvenation method to remove wrinkles and help smooth out skin on the back of your hands. While it has received approval from the FDA and there are plenty of positive reviews about successful results, if you are thinking about getting it done, keep your eyes on both the pros and the cons associated with this treatment.


Long Lasting

As compared to other fillers, Radiesse has extremely long lasting effects. While most fillers are temporary and last for 4 to 6 months, Radiesse can last from 12 to 18 months from the first treatment. This means you require very little after care and can maintain your look for years with ease!

Instant Results

Radiesse starts showing results from the time it is injected. Your skin will become smoother and indentations will look more voluminous as well. In severe cases, it may take some time for Radiesse to show it’s affects but it will happen in a few hours. Very rarely does this mean that you need more than the amount already injected in the first session.

Works with Your Body

The best part about Radiesse is that it works with your body to remove wrinkles and give you younger skin. Radiesse contains Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) in the form of microspheres which are injected in to the back of your hands. An aqueous gel is used as a carrier which also helps to re-hydrate your skin. Overtime, you’ll find that Radiesse greatly improves the natural production of collagen in your skin.



As compared to other fillers and treatment methods, Radiesse is more costly on a per session basis. Based on the amount of sessions needed and the customization required to suit the condition of your skin, this could become a costly treatment to undertake. If you’re intending to get Radiesse treatment, do keep your budget in mind to plan successfully for the procedure but remember that Radiesse lasts longer than other fillers so you need less treatments over time.

Severe Side Effects

As with any cosmetic procedure, Radiesse comes with its own host of side effects as well. However, the side effects in this treatment are more diverse compared to most. Minor side effects include:

  • Hardened areas
  • Itchiness
  • Bumpiness
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Pain

Severe side effects range from:

  • Numbness
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Hematoma
  • Necrosis
  • Edema
  • Cellulitis

Even if you are experiencing minor symptoms, they cannot be ignored as they maybe indicators of something that needs to be addressed by Dr. Edward Kole.

Careful Administration Required

Getting injected on the back of the hands is risky as the skin is thinner and there are more blood vessels near the surface. This increases the chances of accidentally puncturing or injecting in a blood vessel which makes this procedure a little complicated. That is why you need an experienced Plastic surgeon like Dr. Edward S. Kole of The Kole Plastic Surgery Center. While the chances of this occurring are minimal, it can cause serious damage to your hands. Therefore, it is important to get this procedure done by an experienced Plastic Surgeon only.

Get Radiesse Done by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Administration of Radiesse should only be done by a Board Certified plastic surgeon and one who understands human anatomy well. If you want to get the Radiesse treatment done or if you want more information on the procedure, call us now on 215-315-7655 or contact us by filling out our consultation online form to get a complimentary consultation session with Dr. Kole.